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  • Berklee, NPR Music, and WBGO to broadcast and webcast second season worldwide

    October 10, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO, NPR Music, and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present a second year of The Checkout – Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room @ Cafe 939. The shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition over NPRmusic.org and in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. They will also be archived, and available for on-demand listening, at NPRmusic.org, and WBGO.

    Chihiro Yamanaka
    Chihiro Yamanaka

    Year two of The Checkout – Live at Berklee will debut with pianist and composer Chihiro Yamanaka’98 on October 18. The series continues with saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens’01 on November 15, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw’00 on February 7, 2013, and tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III ’02 on March 7, 2013. Concerts and broadcasts will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tickets to the live performances at the Red Room @ Cafe 939 are $10 for the general public and $5 with a Berklee ID. Tickets are available at cafe939.com.

    “Boston is a major incubator for jazz, and this series aims to underline that fact,” said Josh Jackson, host and producer of The Checkout. “WBGO and The Checkout are delighted to return to Berklee. We look forward to showcasing these young talents as they pursue their artistry and inspire future generations.”

    Chihiro Yamanaka is one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation, and is the leader of the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio. 2012 has been a milestone year: she performed in the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, in a concert featured on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, at the Iridium Jazz Club and Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, at the Regattabar in Boston, and in a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Yamanaka’s new CD, Reminiscence is her second U.S. release. Reminiscence reached the #1 spot on the Japanese jazz charts and won the Nissan Presents Jazz Japan Award for Album of the Year.

  • The Checkout Live From Berklee: Ingrid Jensen Quintet

    April 12, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to present The Checkout: Live From Berklee College of Music with the Ingrid Jensen Quintet tonight at 8 p.m. Ingrid Jensen is on trumpet, with Gary Versace on organ, Lage Lund on guitar, Jon Wikan on drums, and Matt Clohesy on bass. Watch the concert live here, tune in at 88.3 FM or listen to our on-air stream, and join the conversation with hosts Josh Jackson, Patrick Jarenwattananon and Tim Wilkins below.

    Don't forget that WBGO's broadcasts from Berklee, the 92Y and Village Vanguard live on in our video archive. Enjoy!


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  • Kendrick Scott Oracle: Live From Berklee

    March 8, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presented The Checkout: Live from Berklee College of Music in Boston featuring the Kendrick Scott Oracle with Taylor Eigsti on piano, Joe Sanders on bass, John Ellis on saxophone, Mike Moreno on guitar, and Scott himself on drums.

    Watch the archived concert footage below.


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