Checkout Studio Session: Kevin Hays

June 23, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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kevinhays-s1Kevin Hays – solo piano

Set List:
Cheryl (C. Parker) WEB BONUS ONLY

Recorded June 16, 2009 at WBGO Studios
Compositions by Kevin Hays except where noted.

Producer and Host: Josh Jackson
Recorded by David Tallacksen

Checkout Studio Session: Miles Okazaki

June 23, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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milesokazaki-sSee photos from the session.

Set list:
All compositions by Miles Okazaki.

Miles Okazaki – guitar
Jen Shyu – voice
Hans Glawischnig – bass
Dan Weiss – drums

Original session date – June 11, 2009 at WBGO.
Producer and Host: Josh Jackson
Recorded by Josh Webb

Checkout New Music: Brass Ecstasy

June 23, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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spiritmoves-sDownload the podcast. Get it on iTunes.
Brass Ecstasy is the newest project from trumpeter Dave Douglas.  The band recently released Spirit Moves – a showcase for the bandleader’s parading chamber music and jazz-based compositions, as well as some spirited covers of Otis Redding, Hank Williams, and Rufus Wainwright.  Douglas also dedications a handful of original works to jazz trumpeters Fats Navarro, Enrico Rava, and the primary inspiration behind this latest project, Lester Bowie.  Bowie, the celebrated trumpeter of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, was the leader of Brass Fantasy, an antecedent to the similarly outfitted Brass Ecstasy.

Hear Dave Douglas talk about Brass Ecstasy and music in the digital age.

Dave Douglas debuted Brass Ecstasy on August 4th, 2005 for The Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York, during a celebration of Lester Bowie.

The Checkout’s Brass Ecstasy mini-set:
Mr. Pitiful (Redding/Cropper)
Orujo (D. Douglas)
Great Awakening (D.Douglas)

Dave Douglas – trumpet
Marcus Rojas – tuba
Luis Bonilla – trombone
Vincent Chancey – French Horn
Nasheet Waits – drums.

Recorded by Geoff Countryman and Tyler McDiarmid at the Jazz Standard in New York.
June 18, 2009 – the first night of Brass Ecstasy’s tour to support Spirit Moves, the new release on Greenleaf Music.

More live recordings from Brass Ecstasy’s run at the Jazz Standard are available in mp3 and lossless FLAC format.  They’re part of the Subscriber Series at Greenleaf Music.

Checkout Interview: Dave Douglas

June 23, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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davedouglas-sWBGO’s Josh Jackson talks to trumpeter Dave Douglas about Spirit Moves, the new recording from his project, Brass Ecstasy.  Hear Douglas talk about the new realities of  presenting music in the digital era.

The Checkout: June 16, 2009

June 18, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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Saxophonist JD Allen’s trio performs live in the WBGO Studio, Chris Potter plays some music from his iPod, Ben Ratliff reviews Hometown, the new release from Sam Yahel, and Abdullah Ibrahim plays solo piano.

Checkout Playlist: Chris Potter

June 18, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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cpotter-sJosh Jackson talks with Chris Potter about the new Underground recording, Ultrahang.  The saxophonist also shares some random tunes from his iPod, including bluegrass from the Stanley Brothers, soft rock from CSN, and Weather Report.

Checkout Studio Session: Abdullah Ibrahim

June 18, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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abdullah-sHear Abdullah Ibrahim play a solo medley from the stage of the Jazz Standard in New York.  Ibrahim talks to WBGO’s Josh Jackson about Senzo, his solo piano recording.

JD Allen Trio: Shine

June 14, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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jdallen-sSaxophonist JD Allen brings his trio to play three songs at WBGO Studios.  Recorded June 8, 2009.  First broadcast on the June 16, 2009 edition of The Checkout, WBGO’s new music show.

See photos from the session.

Producer and Host – Josh Jackson
Recorded by Josh Webb

JD Allen – tenor saxophone
Gregg August – bass
Rudy Royston – drums

Set List:
Son House
East Boogie

All compositions by JD Allen

The Checkout: June 9, 2009

June 9, 2009 by Josh Jackson  
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Gary Burton and Pat Metheny talk about their extraordinary 35-year partnership, saxophonist Bill McHenry waxes about the wood thrush and his own Village Vanguard performance, and David Binney talks baseball and new music.

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