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Le Mix: Music From the Montreal International Jazz Festival

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Accordionist Daniel Mille at the 2010 Montreal International Jazz Festival

To celebrate the upcoming Montreal Jazz Festival, which we will broadcast live July 1-4, WBGO and NPR Music have put together this lovely potpourri of current artists scheduled to perform at this year's event. Click the "play" button below for a stream of today's top jazz talent -- you can also visit the NPR Music page for a complete list of artists in the mix.

Grand Pianoramax - WBGO Favorite Session on NPR

Leo Tardin is Grand Pianoramax

The WBGO studio session is now available for streaming on NPR Music.
Find it here.
-Josh

Dave Douglas Keystone Feature

Dave Douglas_Photo by John Abbott

Dave Douglas is doing cool things with jazz, silent film, and music distribution.
Check out the feature on NPR Music. Don't forget to download the two free
songs from Keystone's recent run at Jazz Standard.
-Josh

JD Allen Trio - "Son House"

"I didn't know I loved her 'til they laid her down..."
When I heard saxophonist JD Allen say those words from the stage during soundcheck today, I knew exactly what he was talking about. That's a line from "Death Letter," by Son House. It is an iconic blues song, and a favorite of mine.

The JD Allen trio played a set of music from J&R Music World, one that drew heavily from their most recent release, I Am I Am. Except for "Son House," a song the band just recorded for a future release called Shine. Check it out:

 

And just because you can, watch Son House perform "Death Letter:"

 

"I didn't know I loved her 'til they laid her down..."
-Josh

The Real Robert Glasper's Birthday Bash

Robert Glasper Has His Cake

I went to Robert Glasper's Third Annual Birthday Bash at Club Drom Saturday night. Make that Sunday morning. Though the show was advertised for an 11:30 hit, the music actually started at 1:15am. No worries. During the downtime, Robert treated the audience to a personally curated playlist of hip hop and party music. All emanating through the club's sound system, and sourced from his iPod.

The core ensemble was the Robert Glasper Experiment - Glasper on Fender Rhodes, Derrick Hodge on his Callowhill 5-string electric bass, Casey Benjamin on alto sax and keytar (with Talk Box mod - imagine Frampton Comes Alive meets Common's "Don't Break My Heart," from Finding Forever), and drummer Chris "Daddy" Dave punching an endless array of beats.

Q-Tip and Roy Hargrove

Q-Tip and trumpeter Roy Hargrove joined in on the fun, as did singer Bilal. All of these individuals (and some of the musicians who were just there to check out the show) are part of something very exciting happening in music - the realization of hip hop and jazz coming together in a meaningful way. I can think of many examples of jazz and hip hop intermingling, so don't let me be misunderstood. These two forms have spoken to each other before. However, the current dialogue is spawning a certifiably important sound in music - a nexus of rhymes, beats, and improvisational flow that is socially aware, energetic, and heavy on the soul. And did I mention FUN?

Casey Benjamin

Call it nu-jazz, neo-soul, conscious hip hop, all of the above or none of the above. Or anything you wish. Basically, it's the return of functional music in a commercially saturated culture, a communal act of creation that has its roots in jazz, blues, and spirituals, stretching back to traditional African custom and practice. The Robert Glasper Experiment is all about droppin' the scientific method in a live setting. This kind of music has been underground for a very long time now. But ask any of the well-wishers onstage or in the club, and they will tell you that its time has come.
-Josh

Jason Lindner and Now Vs. Now - Hear the Studio Session

Now Vs. Now Band Shot

FYI - The WBGO studio session with Jason Lindner's Now Vs. Now has been posted. Five completely new songs. And for a little lagniappe, you can download two of them, and dig the video from the session. Check it out now. Versus now...
-Josh
PS See the band live at The Jazz Gallery, Friday and Saturday, 3/14 and 3/15.

WBGO Studio Session - Grand Pianoramax

Yesterday, we had Grand Pianoramax in our studio. Grand Pianoramax is the meta name for Leo Tardin, a Swiss-born pianist who won the Montreux International Piano Competition in 1999. Leo has discovered an intriguing combination of jazz, breakbeat, and poetry. Grand Pianoramax just finished a tour with the original JB horn, Maceo Parker,who also has a cool new record.
Here's some video of the WBGO session. It's called "Showdown," from the new CD, The Biggest Piano in Town.
This is actually the first take. The second take is the real keeper. You'll be able to hear that when we post the audio of the full session. All three tunes. In the meantime, enjoy this:

 

SportsJam - Trumpeter Jon Faddis

Doug Doyle and Trumpeter Jon Faddis

I had a blast interviewing trumpeter Jon Faddis for SportsJam, WBGO's new sports podcast/on-demand feature. Jon is a real sports fan who loves the old-timers from several different sports. I asked him to put together his all-time jazz band made up of sports stars. He selected Tiger Woods to be the saxophone of John Coltrane. Find out who else he picked, his thoughts on why he thinks jazz and sports are related and hear about his special sports relationship with his dad. Listen now.
-Doug Doyle

Studio Session - Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life Band

Marcus Strickland by Jimmy KatzWe had a really killer performance and chat session with saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the Twi-Life Band. You can find the whole session, or individual songs, on the NPR Music site. Click here.
Make it a point to check out what some of the baddest young talent in jazz are doing. Not just online, but in the clubs. We have a ton of these sessions on the shelf, so expect more in the coming months. Guitarist Mike Moreno is next.
-Josh Jackson

IAJE Day 2 - Loueke Interview

Lionel Loueke Photo by Jimmy Katz

Check out the interview with Lionel. Conducted mostly in English, with a sprinkle of Fon. - Josh

Josh Jackson Interviews Lionel Loueke