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The Checkout

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.

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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.

Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano aim for the stratosphere on Sound Prints' 'Other Worlds'

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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.

Nov 30 2021

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Rachel Eckroth, a most mysterious pianist and singer

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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.'

Nov 18 2021

40mins

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Everybody Should 'Really Care' About Melanie Charles

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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.

Nov 09 2021

42mins

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Nate Smith flips an awkward youth into a skyward path on 'Kinfolk 2: See the Birds'

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Drummer and composer Nate Smith taps into his unique autobiography on his latest album, Kinfolk 2: See The Birds. On this episode of The Checkout, he talks about growing up in Chesapeake, Va., with an unorthodox taste for hard rock.

Oct 29 2021

49mins

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BADBADNOTGOOD, a band beloved in hip-hop circles, rediscovers its jazz voice

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'Talk Memory' is BadBadNotGood's first album in five years. Bassist Chester Hansen and saxophonist Leland Whitty join The Checkout's Simon Rentner to talk about it.

Oct 23 2021

33mins

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Switch on your senses: Steph Richards sniffs out the possibilities

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The Checkout catches up with trumpeter and composer Steph Richards, who unleashes our sense of sound and smell on her latest recordings Supersense and Zephyr.

Oct 13 2021

48mins

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Hiromi finds the bright side, with fast fingers, on 'Silver Lining Suite'

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While the music industry was mostly dormant, Hiromi was busy collaborating with a string quartet, writing new music for her Silver Lining Suite, and performing at the Tokyo Olympics.

Oct 07 2021

28mins

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Checkout Sesh (Almost Lost): Knower's Genevieve Artadi & Nay Flutist Faris Ishaq

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Genevieve Artadi talks about her creative partnership with Louis Cole and Faris Ishaq proclaims he's the world's first Nay flute jazz artist.

Sep 23 2021

49mins

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Mndsgn's 'Rare Pleasure' Dials Up a '70s Fusion Vibe

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The electronic artist Mndsgn draws from crossover jazz of the 1970s and '80s on his latest album, 'Rare Pleasure.'

Sep 01 2021

34mins

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9 Horses: A Chamber Trio Scales Up with 'Omegah'

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Joe Brent (mandolin) and Sara Caswell (violin) unleash the full potential of their chamber jazz group 9 Horses on their new recording, 'Omegah'

Aug 19 2021

49mins

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Staunchly Original: Marking 20 Years of Pi Recordings

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For the last 20 years, Pi Recordings has been a home and haven to the avant-garde, including first-wave members of the AACM. The Checkout catches up with label co-founders Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang, who say the mission is ongoing.

Aug 05 2021

50mins

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Honoring Frank Kimbrough with a Sprawling Tribute

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The Checkout discusses 'KIMBROUGH,' an extravagant tribute to an underrated artist, who left us at the end of 2020.

Jul 23 2021

41mins

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Hiatus Kaiyote Is Back With A Grand Howl (and Crooning Bats) on The Checkout

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Bassist Paul Bender and keyboardist Simon Mavin speak with Simon Rentner on The Checkout about Hiatus Kaiyote's new album, 'Mood Valiant.'

Jul 14 2021

37mins

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Michael Mayo Opens Up About 'Bones,' a Sterling Debut and a Radiant Song of Himself

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As we come to the end of Pride Month, The Checkout checks in with Michael Mayo, who talks about embracing his bisexual identity and expressing himself fully on 'Bones,' his Mack Avenue debut.

Jun 29 2021

52mins

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Watch A "Telematics" Concert Live: Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen and Myra Melford

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Watch three improvising masters — Mark Dresser (double bass), Michael Dessen (trombone) and Myra Melford (piano) — perform a telematic concert on The Checkout Live.

Jun 03 2021

31mins

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With 'Zero Grasses,' Jen Shyu Forges Grief into Revelation

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On The Checkout, singer and composer Jen Shyu discusses her creative process, her family heritage, and how a personal loss informed Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses.

May 30 2021

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Jazz Enters the Crypto Market: The Checkout Explores NFTs

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The Checkout documents jazz's first NFT drop, and poses some pressing questions about cryptocurrency in the arts space — with Greg Spero, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Oran Etkin and others.

May 25 2021

52mins

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With 'Black to the Future,' Sons of Kemet Offer a Provocation, and a Salve

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Shabaka Hutchings and Theon Cross stop by The Checkout to discuss Sons of Kemet's powerful new album, 'Black to the Future.'

May 13 2021

30mins

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Tony Allen, Late Progenitor of Afrobeat, Should Also Be Remembered as a Jazz Master

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For International Jazz Day, The Checkout features Michael Veal and Joe Armon-Jones in a tribute to Afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen, one year after his passing.

Apr 29 2021

36mins

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The Melancholy Ecstasy of Alfa Mist

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On The Checkout, British producer, rapper and pianist Alfa Mist talks about his journey from beat-maker to jazz musician.

Apr 16 2021

35mins

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Check out The Checkout, you will be happy!

By The Midnight Baker - Apr 14 2020
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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.

Thanks!

By Trifon bass - May 05 2016
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Thanks for your work, Simon! Keep it up!