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Oran Etkin travels the globe — West Africa, Middle East, and Indonesia — collecting sounds for his recording “Gathering Light” (Motema). The clarinetist speaks to WBGO’s Tim Wilkins.
Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda play duets from their ECM album O Que Sera and talk with Simon Rentner at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón plays a new orchestral suite that explores Puerto Rican-ness, “Identities Are Changeable,” live on the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society premieres his new big band suite, “Tensile Curves,” live on the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Bassist Moppa Elliott and pianist Ron Stabinsky from the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing talk with Simon Rentner about Red Hot!, their album which offers an ironic tour through early jazz.
The band appears at the Newport Jazz Festival’s Harbor Stage on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.
The far-fetched story of Toronto jazz students becoming hip hop stars. BADBADNOTGOOD speaks to WBGO’s Simon Rentner at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival.
Pianist Baptiste Trotignon speaks to WBGO’s Simon Rentner at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival about his duo project with tenor saxophonist Mark Turner “Dusk is a Quiet Place.”
Drummer Jeff Ballard talks with Tim Wilkins about Time’s Tales, his OKeh CD with Lionel Loueke on guitar and Miguel Zenon on alto sax, and the trio’s rhythm-driven approach to composition and improvisation.
Pianist Cat Toren, from the Vancouver-based band Pugs And Crows, talks with Kyle Eagle about their album Everyone Knows Everyone, which features Cole Schmidt on guitar, Russell Sholberg on bass, Meredith Bates on violin, Ben Brown on drums, and guest guitarist Tony Wilson.
Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs talks with Josh Jackson about his album Bloodlife, which features solo improvisations based on melodies by Ronald Shannon Jackson.