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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

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

A Virtual 'Checkout' Star Summit with Makaya McCraven, Michael League, & more

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

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.

Samora Pinderhughes is Hopeful About Our 'Black Spring,' But Wary About the Road Ahead

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.

Think You've Been Productive in Quarantine? Try Checking in with Tim Berne and David Torn

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.

Musical Dialogue at a Distance? With Live and in Lockdown, Dan Tepfer & Friends Take a Swing

The Checkout: Fabian Almazan and Endless Field Envision A Brighter Future For Our Planet

With the world on hold, carbon emissions have slowed, and there are clear skies aplenty. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, pianist Fabian Almazan and the duo Endless Field urge us to find similarly clearheaded solutions to our environmental problems.

The Checkout: Fabian Almazan and Endless Field Envision A Brighter Future For Our Planet

Remembering The Sensitive One: Hear Onaje Allan Gumbs on The Checkout, From 2013

Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs left us on April 7. We're remembering him with an archival episode of The Checkout.

Remembering The Sensitive One: Hear Onaje Allan Gumbs on The Checkout, From 2013

A Word with Thana Alexa, Who Turned a Lost Tour Into 'Live From Our Living Rooms'

Thana Alexa had it all mapped out. Her new album, ONA , was set to launch her solo career to new heights. She was featured — with her husband, drummer Antonio Sánchez — on the cover of DownBeat magazine. Then the coronavirus put her nationwide tour on hold, along with countless other gigs around the world. But out of that chaos came another opportunity: co-producing Live From Our Living Rooms , the world's first fully livestreamed jazz festival.

A Word with Thana Alexa, Who Turned a Lost Tour Into 'Live From Our Living Rooms'

With 'The Ice Siren,' John Ellis and Andy Bragen Deliver A Dark Fairy Tale with a Comic Twist

We are living in unsettling times, and we're probably due for a little humor. Last Friday, reedman and composer John Ellis released his own horror story wrapped in comedy: The Ice Siren , a beautiful chamber-jazz project written for a double quartet.

With 'The Ice Siren,' John Ellis and Andy Bragen Deliver A Dark Fairy Tale with a Comic Twist

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