20 episodes

Voted "Best Jazz Podcast" in the JazzTimes Critics' Poll for four consecutive years, The Checkout championed the music we call jazz — along the trend lines and on its outer edges. Hosted, produced and curated by Simon Rentner, the show focused on the compelling personal narratives behind today's most exciting artists.Check out the rest of our line up at WBGO Studios.

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    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

Voted "Best Jazz Podcast" in the JazzTimes Critics' Poll for four consecutive years, The Checkout championed the music we call jazz — along the trend lines and on its outer edges. Hosted, produced and curated by Simon Rentner, the show focused on the compelling personal narratives behind today's most exciting artists.Check out the rest of our line up at WBGO Studios.

    The Checkout x Jazz Night in America: Top 5 Collabs

    The Checkout x Jazz Night in America: Top 5 Collabs

    Mark Guiliana, Randy Weston, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Kamasi Washington are the artists featured in this retrospective podcast celebrating the top Jazz Night In America and The Checkout productions over the years.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Angel Bat Dawid leads a fearless expedition to 'Afro Town' at Winter Jazzfest

    Angel Bat Dawid leads a fearless expedition to 'Afro Town' at Winter Jazzfest

    Winter Jazzfest artist-in-residence Angel Bat Dawid premieres 'Afro-Town Topics: A Mythological Afrofuturist Revue,' and talks about it on The Checkout with Simon Rentner.

    • 50 min
    Vijay Iyer shares lessons in stillness for our turbulent time

    Vijay Iyer shares lessons in stillness for our turbulent time

    As his trio settles in for a week at The Village Vanguard, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer stops by The Checkout to share insights, and a glimmer of hope.

    • 40 min
    Cory Henry walks back the timeline to his 'First Steps,' with a new concert recording

    Cory Henry walks back the timeline to his 'First Steps,' with a new concert recording

    On The Checkout, keyboardist Cory Henry pinpoints the album that marks his rite of passage as an artist.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Michael Bourne in his element at the Montreal Jazz Festival, with Diana Krall and more

    Michael Bourne in his element at the Montreal Jazz Festival, with Diana Krall and more

    Michael Bourne interviews Diana Krall and tells stories of Charlie Haden, Dave Brubeck, and Tony Bennett at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

    • 26 min
    When Booker T. Jones met Robert Randolph, at a session hosted by Michael Bourne

    When Booker T. Jones met Robert Randolph, at a session hosted by Michael Bourne

    In 2003, legendary organist Booker T. Jones and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph met for the first time at WBGO. That studio performance comes to light again as we celebrate the retirement of our own legendary jazz jock, Michael Bourne.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Riddim Man ,

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!

Rob s., JD, MBA ,

Fantastic listening

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.

le boulanger de minuit ,

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.

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