Interviews

Hear what musicians have to say

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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Singer Molly Johnson on "Because Of Billie": Listen Now

Singer Molly Johnson talks with Gary Walker about her CD "Because Of Billie" and concerts at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center which celebrate the centennial of Bilie Holiday. Johnson performs at JALC April 10 and 11. Enjoy!

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Drummer E.J. Strickland: Listen Now

Drummer E.J. Strickland talks with Gary Walker about his new CD "The Undying Spirit." Strickland performs Mar. 29 at The Falcon  in Marlboro, NY, and Mar. 31 at New York's Jazz Standard. Enjoy!

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James Carter On James Moody Birthday Fest: Listen Now

Saxophonist James Carter talks with Michael Bourne about his performances this week in the four-day James Moody 90th Birthday Celebration to raise scholarship funds for Newark youth. Carter also performs at New York's Birdland April 14-18 with his organ trio. Enjoy!

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Paquito D'Rivera on "Aires Tropicales": Listen Now

Paquito D'Rivera talks with Gary Walker about his "Around The Americas" concerts March 27-28 at Jazz At Lincoln Center, and forthcoming CD "Aires Tropicales," both of which which explore the legacy of African music across the hemisphere. Enjoy!

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Singer Marianne Solivan on "Spark": Listen Now

Singer Marianne Solivan talks with Michael Bourne about her CD "Spark" and performance March 24 at Minton's in Harlem. Enjoy!

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Arturo O'Farrill on "Oye Cuba" Film: Listen Now

Bandleader Arturo O'Farrill talks with Monifa Brown about "Oye Cuba," a film about his rediscovery of his family's musical homeland. O'Farrill performs and screens excerpts of the film at New York's Drom March 23 at 8 p.m., in a fundraising event. Enjoy!

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