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Pianist Vijay Iyer talks with Josh Jackson about his new ECM album, Mutations, and his approach to composing for orchestra, piano and electronic instruments.
Baritone saxophonist Fred Ho talks with Tim Wilkins about his “Afro-Asian Liberation Music” and efforts to merge jazz with Pan-Asian influences and revolutionary consciousness. Ho died April 12, 2014.
Photo by Robert Adam Mayer, courtesy of the artist
Singer Cassandra Wilson talks with Simon Rentner about Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, her breakthrough 1993 album which featured renditions of songs by Robert Johnson, Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell, as well as her own songs.
Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant talks with Michael Bourne about WomanChild, her album which features songs by Bert Williams, Fats Waller and others.
Bandleader John Hollenbeck and singer Theo Bleckmann talk with Michael Bourne about their album Songs I Like A Lot, which features interpretations of songs by Freddie Mercury, Glen Campbell and others.
Actor John Douglas Thompson and author Terry Teachout talk with WBGO’s Rhonda Hamilton about “Satchmo At The Waldorf,” a new play about the life of Louis Armstrong. The play is currently at New York’s Westside Theatre Upstairs.
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire talks with Josh Jackson about his new Blue Note album The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint.
Pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran play a live duet at New York’s Town Hall to celebrate Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary, and talk with WBGO’s Josh Jackson about the evolution of jazz.
Bassist Charles Delaporte and violinist Hugues Payen talk with WBGO’s Simon Rentner about the Parisian band’s blend of swing dance music, gypsy jazz and electronica.
Caravan Palace performs at New York’s Best Buy Theater on April 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda talks with Josh Jackson about Rising Son, his Blue Note debut CD, and plays selections from the album live at WBGO with Corey King on trombone, Takeshi Ohbayashi on keys, Rashaan Carter on bass and Adam Jackson on drums.