Created with Sketch.
37 minutes | 20 days ago
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.
60 minutes | a month ago
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.
16 minutes | a month ago
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.
32 minutes | a month ago
Brad Mehldau Reflects on the Darkness and Light Behind His Evocative 'Suite: April 2020'
41 minutes | 2 months ago
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.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Lakecia Benjamin on a Heavy Year, the Healing Power of Music, and Breaking In Jazzfest Berlin
Lakecia Benjamin hasn’t played with a band since mid-March. A saxophonist and bandleader unmistakably on the rise, she admits being hesitant to step outside of her protective bubble. But on Friday morning she’ll lead a group at Roulette in Brooklyn, to kick off Jazzfest Berlin—New York .
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Angel Bat Dawid, Musician and Myth Scientist, Shares Her Story and Takes a Righteous Stand
Angel Bat Dawid, the Chicago-based clarinetist, composer and singer, has been embarked on a journey. On this My Music edition of The Checkout, she shares some of that experience — from her upbringing with missionary parents in Kenya to the thrill of meeting creative role model Henry Threadgill. We’ll hear music from The Oracle , her acclaimed 2019 debut — along with sounds from her hero Yusef Lateef, the autophysiopsychic musician whose centennial we observed this year.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Diana Krall Reflects on Her Creative Process, Her Late Producer, and an Emotive New Album
“I think so much of what I do is intuitive,” says Diana Krall. “It’s based on a feeling.”
28 minutes | 3 months ago
The Checkout: Andy Milne Opens Up About the Healing Journey Behind 'The Seasons of Being'
Two years after creating his Juno Award-winning album The Seasons of Being , pianist Andy Milne is ready to talk about its significance.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Jazz Aplenty: WBGO's Nate Chinen & Keanna Faircloth Give Their Fall Picks, on The Checkout
The musical fruits in our epic Fall Preview are now dropping to the public. The chief compiler of that undertaking, WBGO editorial director Nate Chinen, highlights some of his picks in this episode of The Checkout. Afternoon Jazz host Keanna Faircloth also crashes the listening party.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Remembering Bassist Gary Peacock, with a Recent Conversation on The Checkout
Gary Peacock, who died on Sept. 4 at 85, was a bassist who truly lived in the moment. That was the case every time he picked up his instrument, and no less true of an engaging interview with The Checkout in 2014, at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
45 minutes | 5 months ago
Madison McFerrin Pays Tribute To Her Dad, Bobby McFerrin, Now An NEA Jazz Master
Years ago, The Checkout campaigned for Bobby McFerrin to become recognized as a NEA Jazz Master. That milestone happened this year— and his daughter, vocalist Madison McFerrin is here to give thanks for also being an incredible father.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
The Checkout: Brandee Younger on Signing to Impulse! Records, Home to the Coltrane Legacy
Maybe it’s destiny that harpist Brandee Younger moves into “The House That Trane Built,” Impulse! Records. In this episode of The Checkout, Younger talks about this welcome news — the honor, excitement, and complications that come with being signed to the legendary label.
54 minutes | 5 months ago
Pianist Dan Tepfer Keeps Upping The Ante With His Innovative Livestreams
Among the countless things made difficult by the pandemic is the act of making music together. As we’ve discussed here before, pianist Dan Tepfer devised one solution to this problem through technology. Now, having mastered the tricky Jacktrip software, he’s performing with jazz vocal superstar Cécile McLorin Salvant and others. Back in mid-May, The Checkout demonstrated the power of this new technology — and the challenges in rolling it out to the public. First came an explainer podcast with trombonist Michael Dessen, followed by Live and In Lockdown , a virtual concert hosted by Tepfer, with bassist Jorge Roeder and saxophonists Dayna Stephens and Melissa Aldana. We’re delighted to share a new version of that video. It’s no small feat, coordinating duo improvisations in real time from different locations around the city. Late into the night before showtime, in the middle of a grueling seven-hour soundcheck, Tepfer — who has a background in physics — deliriously turned to us in Zoom.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Enjoy a Highlight Reel of 'Live From Our Living Rooms' on The Checkout
With jazz clubs shuttered, festivals canceled, and new album releases postponed, it’s difficult to get a pulse on today’s music scene. However, one musician-led organization is leading the way in keeping artists busy in a virtual space. Live From Our Living Rooms , now in its third installment, is co-produced by three musicians, two of whom have recently been featured on this program: singers Thana Alexa and Sirintip and saxophonist Owen Broder. On today’s episode, we feature highlights from the summit, which just announced an extension. Most of its livestream workshops, webinars, and performances can still be enjoyed, but only until July 26 , with a small donation. The following artists (in order of appearance) granted us permission to excerpt their performances. - Zakir Hussain, “Excerpt from Teentaal Suite 16” - Terri Lyne Carrington, Kris Davis, and Val Jeanty, “Improvised” - Ingrid Jensen and Que-tee Trio (Alex Smith, Nate Radley, and Jon Wikan), “Round Trip” (Ornette Coleman) -
58 minutes | 6 months ago
A Virtual 'Checkout' Star Summit with Makaya McCraven, Michael League, & more
Jazz stars aligned in mid-April when New York City was in full lockdown. The Checkout, with help from pianist Greg Spero, beamed-in some big name musicians from around the globe including Sirintip, Marquis Hill and others. Experience the best moments from that session now. With much of the country now sadly having to adjust to the horror New York City faced in the Spring, lessons from his virtual studio session are very relevant today. The show relied heavily on the mind of Greg Spero, a Los Angeles based keyboardist and entrepreneur who briefly experimented with hosting an online show in isolation. Although Mornings with Greg!! is on hold for now, our show features the pianist performing a tricky solo rendition of his tune “Nails.” The song is featured on Spero’s new album Peace ( ropeadope ) with his band Spirit Fingers. Next, drummer Makaya McCraven shows us why he’s well-equipped for quarantine. He gives us a tour of his home studio in Chicago and sheds some light on how he became
62 minutes | 6 months ago
A Mixtape of The Checkout Live: Electric Edition Volume 1
As live concerts sadly fade into memory, we can at least remind you of some heavy moments fom The Checkout Live . Here’s mixtape (Volume 1) featuring performances by Justin Brown, BIGYUKI, Thiefs, Mwenso and The Shakes, and Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music. Set list below (with links to corresponding podcasts) "I Live In Fear," Thiefs featuring Keith Witty, Christophe Panzani, David Frazier Jr., & Keith Middleton at Nublu "Stranger Things," Justin Brown and NYEUSI , at Nublu "NuNu," BIGYUKI featuring Randy Runyon and Charles Haynes, at Nublu "The Race" & "No Regrets," Mwenso & The Shakes featuring Michela Marino Lerman & Mathis Picard at Nublu "Bud," "Bones," & "Girl," Mark Guiliana Beat Music , recorded at Rough Trade "Replenish," Justin Brown and NYEUSI , at Nublu Music mixed and engineered by David Tallacksen Subscribe to The Checkout on Spotify , Stitcher , Apple Music , and Google Play .
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Samora Pinderhughes is Hopeful About Our 'Black Spring,' But Wary About the Road Ahead
Samora Pinderhughes released Black Spring in April — one month before the killing of George Floyd and our country’s larger moment of reckoning. But his EP eerily serves as a musical reflection on our current wave of unrest.
53 minutes | 8 months ago
Think You've Been Productive in Quarantine? Try Checking in with Tim Berne and David Torn
A few months ago, saxophonist-composer Tim Berne and guitarist-producer David Torn were on the road with their band Sun of Goldfinger when coronavirus restrictions went into effect.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
Musical Dialogue at a Distance? With Live and in Lockdown, Dan Tepfer & Friends Take a Swing
Real-time dialogue is at the heart of improvisation — and it has been all but impossible in an era of social distancing. The limits of our technology, and the stubborn fact of our physical separation, put a damper on the instantaneous connection needed for true musical exchange.
Terms of Service
© Stitcher 2020