Kavita Shah: “Visions”

September 24, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Kavita Shah: “Visions”Kavita Shah performs live at WBGO with her “Visions” band and talks with Simon Rentner about her approach to music, which blends South Asian and African influences.

Shah performs with the “Visions” band at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Oran Etkin’s “Gathering Light”

August 20, 2014 by Simon Rentner  
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Oran Etkin’s “Gathering Light”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.

Bollani & de Holanda: “O Que Sera”

August 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Bollani & de Holanda: “O Que Sera”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.

Miguel Zenon: “Identities Are Changeable”

August 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Miguel Zenon: “Identities Are Changeable”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: “Tensile Curves”

August 6, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Darcy James Argue: “Tensile Curves”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.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing: “Red Hot!”

July 30, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Mostly Other People Do The Killing: “Red Hot!”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.

Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD

July 9, 2014 by Simon Rentner  
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Montreal Jazz Fest 2014:  Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOODThe far-fetched story of Toronto jazz students becoming hip hop stars.  BADBADNOTGOOD speaks to WBGO’s Simon Rentner at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Baptiste Trotignon

July 4, 2014 by Simon Rentner  
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Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Baptiste TrotignonPianist 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.”

Jeff Ballard: “Time’s Tales”

June 25, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Jeff Ballard: “Time’s Tales”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.

Ballard’s trio with Loueke and Zenon performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 29, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

Pugs And Crows: “Everyone Knows Everyone”

June 17, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Pugs And Crows: “Everyone Knows Everyone”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.

Pugs and Crows perform with Tony Wilson at the 2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 27.

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