Interviews

Hear what musicians have to say

Ben Sidran on "Blue Camus": Listen Now

Pianist and singer Ben Sidran talks with Gary Walker about his album "Blue Camus," which mixes poetry with jazz. Sidran performs at New York's Mezzrow Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. Enjoy!

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Pianist Joey Alexander Live at WBGO: Listen Now

Eleven-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander performs live at WBGO and talks with Gary Walker about his debut album, "My Favorite Things."

This is Alexander's first radio interview. He will be performing at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 1. WBGO offers day and weekend trips to the Newport Jazz Festival July 31 - Aug. 2 from several locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Enjoy!

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Barnhart & Bradford on Count Basie Orchestra: Listen Now

Trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and vocalist Carmen Bradford talk with Michael Bourne about the Count Basie Orchestra's eightieth anniversary. Barnhart directs the orchestra, which performs at New York's Birdland Thursday April 6 through Saturday, April 10. Enjoy!

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Saxophonist Vincent Herring On "Night And Day": Listen Now

Saxophonist Vincent Herring talks with Bill Daughtry about his new Smoke Sessions CD Night And Day. The album is featured at WBGO.ORG/RADAR. Enjoy!

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Trombonist Dave Chamberlain on "Band Of Bones": Listen Now

Trombonist Dave Chamberlain talks with Gary Walker about his all-trombone "Band Of Bones" and their CD Caravan. They perform at Newark's Gateway 2 in a free lunchtime concert on Wednesday, May 6 at noon. Enjoy!

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Ricky Riccardi on Louis Armstrong Film Premiere: Listen Now

Archivist Ricky Riccardi talks with Gary Walker about the premiere of a rare concert by trumpeter Louis Armstrong, filmed in East Berlin in 1965. Riccardi hosts the screening, presented by the Louis Armstrong House Museum, at the Museum Of The Moving Image in Queens on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy!

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson & Bill Sims Jr.: Listen Now

Playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson and musician Bill Sims Jr. perform live at WBGO and talk with Michael Bourne about their new original play, "Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine." The play is at the Two River Theater in Red Bank through May 3. Enjoy!

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Singer Jose James on Billie Holiday: Listen Now

Singer José James talks with Monifa Brown about "Yesterday I Had The Blues," his tribute album to Billie Holiday in her centennial year. Enjoy!

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Pianist Kenny Werner on "Effortless Mastery": Listen Now

Pianist Kenny Werner talks with Rhonda Hamilton about the "Effortless Mastery" institute and ensemble he leads at the Berklee College of Music. The group performs at New York's Blue Note Monday, April 20th at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Enjoy!

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Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt: Listen Now

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt talks with Rhonda Hamilton about his CD "Tales, Musings And Other Reveries." Pelt performs with his quintet to celebrate the CD release at New York's Smoke April 17 to 19. Enjoy!

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Photo by Tim Wilkins