Music and interviews featuring cutting edge artists from around the world.
The Checkout: Israeli Pianist Shai Maestro on Being More Human, Before His ECM Release
We’ve always admired Shai Maestro’s fearless approach to music. When he sits down at the piano, especially in an improvisational solo setting, he checks the temperature of a space and lets the music come to him, allowing one idea to flow into another. But he wasn’t always that free.
The Checkout: Watch Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien's Adventurous Take on The Tango
For years, the French accordionist Vincent Peirani resisted playing tango. Why would a modernist like himself venture down a predictable road? Now, with Abrazo , he not only embraces the tango, but puts his own squeeze on the tradition too.
Chilly Gonzales Turns Yuletide Upside Down with 'A Very Chilly Christmas'
Pianist and songwriter Chilly Gonzales is on the record saying he hates Christmas. In reality, it’s a little more complicated than that.
For Clark Terry's Centennial, An Interview with Quincy Jones About 'Keep On Keepin' On'
Clark Terry, the matchless trumpeter and flugelhorn player, was born 100 years ago today.
Brad Mehldau Reflects on the Darkness and Light Behind His Evocative 'Suite: April 2020'
The Checkout: Meet Laura Perrudin, A French Harpist with a Jagged Edge
Only a few modern harpists are redefining their instrument. Meet Laura Perrudin, a French singer-songwriter breaking ground with her chromatic electric harp.
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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.
This delivers on all accounts. Beautiful music that never fails to peak my interest, open my way of thinking, and inspires me to explore new cultures through genuine artistry.
Thank you Simon, WBGO, and all the guests of the show