Interviews and Performances

Chris Tobin / WBGO

The appeal of any art form is to take one to another place, perhaps a place never seen or heard before.

For Ranky Tanky, that transporting power comes from a mixture of ingredients: the Gullah culture of the Carolinas, griot stories, poems and children’s rhymes. Those elements further combine with an incendiary blend of gospel, folk and jazz that gives the group both youth and depth.

Bud Glick

Scott Robinson wears many hats. But there is one that is very special to him.

It’s made out of 177 reeds taken from his saxophones, during a career that has included work with Ella Fitzgerald, John Scofield, Maria Schneider, Paquito D’Rivera, The New York City Opera — even Elton John and Sting.