Voted "Best Jazz Podcast" in the JazzTimes Critics' Poll for four consecutive years, The Checkout champions the music we call jazz — along the trend lines and on its outer edges. Hosted, produced and curated by Simon Rentner, the show focuses on the compelling personal narratives behind today's most exciting artists.
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.
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.
From Rat Pack to J Dilla: José James Serves a Holiday Vibe
On The Checkout, José James explains why it's finally time for him to release a holiday recording, featuring his takes on Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Donny Hathaway.
Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano aim for the stratosphere on Sound Prints' 'Other Worlds'
Jazz United host Nate Chinen talks with the members of Sound Prints, including its co-leaders trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano, for a lively conversation about their latest recording, Other Worlds.
Rachel Eckroth, a most mysterious pianist and singer
Pianist and singer/songwriter Rachel Eckroth is a musical shapeshifter of the highest order. She speaks with The Checkout's Simon Rentner about her latest recording, 'The Garden.'
Everybody Should 'Really Care' About Melanie Charles
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Melanie Charles joins The Checkout to talk about 'Y'all Don't Really Care About Black Women,' her major-label debut.
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.