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Joe Lovano Toasts Ben Webster, and Vocalist Emma Frank Visits 'Ocean Av,' on The Checkout

Today's show unfolds in two parts. First Joe Lovano shares his appreciation of fellow tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, whom he first learned about his while growing up in Cleveland, OH. (Lovano expressed his appreciation many years later with an original blues, "Big Ben.") 


Then we'll take you to the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival to meet an up-and-coming vocalist who studied literature at McGill University, and now resides in New York City. Songwriter Emma Frank shares her original songs of melancholy on her new album, Ocean Av.

Emma Frank performs a duo concert with Aaron Parks on Wednesday at Rockwood Music Hall.

The Joe Lovano Quartet — Lovano, Lawrence Fields on piano, Marc Johnson on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums — appears at the Village Vanguard from Aug. 28 through Sept. 2.

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For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.