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Music and interviews featuring cutting-edge artists from around the world.
Mar 26, 2021
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.
1 hr 6 min
Mar 16, 2021
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.
Mar 3, 2021
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.
Feb 19, 2021
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.
Feb 12, 2021
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.
Feb 2, 2021
Trumpeter Giveton Gelin on His Assured Debut Album, and Life as a LetterOne Rising Star
One year ago, trumpeter Giveton Gelin won the LetterOne Rising Stars Jazz Award, which recognizes undeniable young talent in North America and Europe.
Jan 22, 2021
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.
Dec 31, 2020
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.
Dec 21, 2020
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.
Dec 14, 2020
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.
Dec 10, 2020
Brad Mehldau Reflects on the Darkness and Light Behind His Evocative 'Suite: April 2020'
When Brad Mehldau first released Suite: April 2020, I found it too heartbreaking to absorb.
Nov 25, 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.
Nov 4, 2020
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.
Oct 28, 2020
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.
Oct 15, 2020
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.”
Oct 6, 2020
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.
Sep 23, 2020
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.
Sep 16, 2020
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.
Sep 2, 2020
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.
Aug 25, 2020
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.