Music and interviews featuring cutting-edge artists from around the world.
The Melancholy Ecstasy of Alfa Mist
On The Checkout, British producer, rapper and pianist Alfa Mist talks about his journey from beat-maker to jazz musician.
Making the Best of a Bonkers Year, with Béla Fleck, Thana Alexa, Brad Mehldau and More
Last March, the jazz capital of the world became a ghost town. The Checkout attempts to bring some joy as we look back on a certifiably frightening year, with highlights from Nduduzo Mahkatini, Thana Alexa, Brad Mehldau, Dan Tepfer and more.
Pino Palladino Finally Made an Album Under His Own Name
Blake Mills and Pino Palladino join The Checkout to discuss their album Notes with Attachments.
The Checkout: Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins on the Quest for an Overwhelming Sound
Immanuel Wilkins’ climb to wider recognition has been rapid and unfaltering since arriving in New York City a little over five years ago.
Learning Until The Very End: An Archival Interview with Chick Corea on The Checkout
Back in 2014, Chick Corea visited The Checkout to promote Portraits, an solo album celebrating artists he admired. Instead, the pianist gave us a clear picture of himself.
The Checkout: Steve Gadd Remembers When Chick Corea Gave Him a Lesson On the Drums
We are all blindsided and deeply saddened by the passing of Chick Corea. One of his longtime collaborators, from his early fusion years up until the very end, is drummer Steve Gadd. He pays tribute to his friend on The Checkout podcast.
The Checkout Introduces Listeners to a Variety of Artists
I look forward to each edition of The Checkout. Host Simon Rentner always has an interesting guess with some great music. My favorite part of the show is that the musical guests do not meet some narrow definition of jazz. I am not interested in if it is or is not jazz, but I am interested in the musicians thoughts on composition and to the new music which I otherwise may not be exposed. Thank you Mr. Rentner and WBGO!
Excellent podcast with a wide ranging focus on jazz music. Doesn’t focus on only one area but takes a very welcome broad view. Lots of interesting guests and discussions and great music as well.
Check out The Checkout, you will be happy!
An entire other world of jazz has been illuminated. Amazing show! Keep up the good work and especially thanks for supporting the jazz community fund raising the way you do. A lot of musicians and artists will benefit from your efforts.