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Sullivan Fortner, An Extraordinary Piano Man, Unveils His Vocal Talent

In jazz, where so much of the artistry rests on virtuosity and tradition, immense talent is sometimes hidden in plain sight.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith Sketch a 'Cosmic Rhythm,' on The Checkout

In the 1990s, two seemingly limitless creative minds forged an important relationship. Now, almost three decades later, that bond is reaching its cosmic potential.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith Sketch a 'Cosmic Rhythm,' on The Checkout

The Checkout: Drummer Antonio Sanchez on Migration, 'Birdman' and His Curtailed Gymnastic Career

Before he became one of the most sought-after drummers of his generation, Antonio Sanchez was in Mexico City, training to be a top gymnast. While mastering his floor routine – and destroying his young body in the process – he picked up drum sticks and his focus shifted to music. At the Berkelee College of Music, under the tutelage of the legendary Hal Crook, Sanchez found his true calling: jazz. (Crook quickly recognized his massive talent, though he said Sanchez sounded "too clean.") In short order, Sanchez's crisp, precise style led to work with pianist Danilo Pérez, and then multireedist Paquito D'Rivera, who recommended Sanchez to trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. It was while on tour with Gillespie's band that Sanchez got the call from guitarist Pat Metheny. He has since toured and recorded Metheny in bands both large and small: the Pat Metheny Group, the Pat Metheny Trio, the Unity Band, the Orchestrion project and most recently a quartet. And along the way, Sanchez racked up multiple

The Checkout: Drummer Antonio Sanchez on Migration, 'Birdman' and His Curtailed Gymnastic Career

What is Jack DeJohnette's Native American Spirit Name?

One of the legends of this music, drummer Jack DeJohnette, recently formed a new superband called Hudson, with John Scofield (guitar), John Medeski (keys), and Larry Grenadier (bass). The band's self-titled new album is mostly indebted to the music from the Woodstock rock revolution of the 1960s. But in this Checkout podcast, we get into the deeper cuts, where DeJohnette summons his Native American ancestors with "Great Spirit Peace Chant" and another original composition he calls "Song For World Forgiveness."

The Checkout: Electro-Jazz From Romania with A-C Leonte

Did you know there was a vibrant jazz scene in Romania? We certainly didn't — until witnessing it firsthand, on the ground at the Bucharest Jazz Festival. Let us introduce you to A-C Leonte, a jazz-trained singer and violinist now veering into the realm of electronica . In this My Music podcast, the self-proclaimed "spoken-word queen of Romania" reveals the tragic story behind her composition "Angel Minus Wings," which is also the name of her recent album.

The Checkout: Ari Hoenig's Musical Magic Tricks

Ari Hoenig burns bright in New York's underground jazz scene, regularly getting shine almost every Monday at Smalls Jazz Club.

Saxophonist David Murray on Seeking 'Perfection,' via Ornette Coleman

It's always exciting when a new composition is unearthed from a behemoth in American art. In this case, it's a composition by Ornette Coleman, the pioneering saxophonist and iconoclast, who continues to be studied, celebrated and misunderstood. In this Checkout podcast, David Murray debuts the original Ornette Coleman tune called "Perfection," with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and the late pianist Geri Allen.

Meet Jacques Kuba Séguin, A Montreal Trumpeter Blurring the Lines Between Jazz and Classical Music

The Montreal International Jazz Festival proclaims to be the largest jazz festival in the world, headlined by some of music's biggest names. But the event also takes pride in spotlighting local talent — like Québécois trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin, featured in this Checkout podcast.

Meet Jacques Kuba Séguin, A Montreal Trumpeter Blurring the Lines Between Jazz and Classical Music

The Checkout: Dave Douglas and Chet Doxas on Their Band, Riverside, and the Music of Carla Bley

Carla Bley, the wily and iconoclastic American composer, has a natural aversion to hearing other people interpret her music. But she didn't seem to have that problem with Riverside, a band jointly led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and multi-reedist Chet Doxas. In fact, she'll be joining Riverside, on piano, for a pair of upcoming Canadian concerts — in Quebec City on July 5 and at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 6. Her receptivity to Riverside's album The New National Anthem, which celebrates her work, may have something to do with the cajoling of her life partner, Steve Swallow, who plays electric bass in the band. But it could also be a reflection of the sincerity and sense of play brought to the table by Douglas and Doxas, who joined me in conversation for this episode of The Checkout.

The Checkout: Dave Douglas and Chet Doxas on Their Band, Riverside, and the Music of Carla Bley

Archive Session: Remembering Geri Allen on The Checkout

The great pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen passed away yesterday from cancer . In 2010, Allen sat down at our Steinway B for an intimate solo studio session and conversation with former host of The Checkout, Josh Jackson.

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