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Funk pioneer George Clinton, producer Quincy Jones & film director Alan Hicks, and Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga on their album of jazz duets.
Bill Frisell takes us on a tour of “GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!” and pianist Kris Bowers performs live at WBGO and talks with Simon Rentner.
It’s Tenor Madness on The Checkout, with new albums from Mark Turner and Walter Smith III, and Odean Pope with Pharoah Sanders about their saxophone choirs and other collaborations.
Antonio Adolfo plays bossa nova with Hendrik Meurkens and Carol Saboya; Kavita Shah blends South Asia, Latin America and Africa on her new CD, Visions; and Andrew D’Angelo and Jennifer Leitham perform at Philly’s first LGBT jazz festival, OutBeat.
Pianist Randy Ingram and his band perform in-studio in celebration of his recording “Sky/Lift,” Oran Etkin travels the globe “Gathering Light,” and Steve Lehman’s spectral-jazz octet “Mise en Abime.”
Gregory Porter sings in the rain, Italian pianist Stefano Bollani matches wits with Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda, and saxophonist Miguel Zenon explores the future of Puerto Rican-ness with his “Identities Are Changeable” suite, live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste’s Stay Human band plays live, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society premieres a new big band suite at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. We also remember hard bop composer and pianist Horace Silver, who passed away June 11, 2014, with an interview and audio memorial hosted by Gary Walker.
We preview the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival with George Wein, the festival’s founder, members of the festival band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, and remember bassist Charlie Haden, who passed away July 11, 2014.
On the scene of the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival: Tom Harrell thinks of melodies in his dreams, and shares his appreciation for Debussy, Rubin Kodheli, and Horace Silver. Pianist David Ryshpan gives us a playlist of modern Canadian jazz. And Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD’s internet stardom.
The 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival rolls on with Monty Alexander, Vincent Réhel, and Baptiste Trotignon.