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Jazz Heat

120 minsFirst aired 3 Jun 2019
Teddy Guerreo

Conversations with some of jazz’s most important players, old and new, on the journey of the genre’s sound.

Give us your jazz hands. Today’s episode focuses on the genre whose influence can be felt through every style of popular music today. Luckily, there is a growing contingency of artists and collectives around the world leading a new jazz movement and redefining how the genre is considered in popular discourse. We’ll listen back to conversations with harp visionary Brandee Younger; Chicago’s beat scientist Makaya McCraven; London’s freshest innovator Shabaka Hutchings; Grammy-winning bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding; seven members of Los Angeles’s West Coast Get Down, AKA the Wu-Tang of Jazz; Detroit’s genre-defying Ian Finkelstein, Jon Dixon and Marcus Elliot; and the New York ensemble Onyx Collective. These artists are some of many who are carrying the genre into the future, while respecting the greats who came before them.


Engineered by Ryan Woodhall
Produced by Sara Casella

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