The Checkout: Live
May 9, 2013 — A go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, drummer Allison Miller made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Fresh off the band's second studio album, and a tour to support it, she leads her singular quartet in a New York homecoming.
May 9, 2013 — The quartet specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. Led by slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the band parties to the themes of spaghetti western film composer Nino Rota.
Mar 21, 2013 — When he gets to lead the band, the bicoastal bassist Todd Sickafoose writes lushly textured, slowly developing music for a unique instrumental ensemble. Swamped in horns and violin and twin guitars and rock rhythms, Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors lift the lid on some unreleased tunes.
Mar 21, 2013 — Apart from his globetrotting with the Vijay Iyer Trio and others, bassist Stephan Crump is also a composer, both for film and for his own bands. His Rosetta Trio, with two guitars, strives for quieter sophistication. Here, he presents his late-afternoon back-porch ditties for interlocking strings.
Mar 8, 2013 — The tenor saxophonist plays in some of the most talked-about jazz groups of today; bands led by Ambrose Akinmusire, Eric Harland and Terence Blanchard. Freshly signed to a new record deal, Smith draws the leadership role in presenting his own quintet at his alma mater.
Feb 20, 2013 — A strong and harmonically provocative pianist, Evans often makes the commute between Philadelphia and New York City. His 19th and most recent album Flip The Script featured a trio, and he brings two cohorts to downtown Manhattan for this live performance.
Feb 20, 2013 — The emotive alto saxophonist has been summoned all around the United States, and now calls his native Baltimore home. He returns to New York for this performance celebrating the release of his debut album, Songs From This Season.
Feb 7, 2013 — The alto saxophonist keeps good company: He's a member of legendary drummer Roy Haynes' band, for one. That's one of the reasons he's become of the most in-demand players in New York. Shaw returns to his alma mater to lead his own band in a live concert webcast.
Dec 12, 2012 — Take a group of heavyweight jazz masters — the kind who helped to make the classic records that defined the modern idiom — and put them together on stage: Of course there'll be fireworks. After five years, they've cohered as a band too. The Cookers lift off in loose assembly.
Dec 12, 2012 — For the better part of three decades, the pianist has been widely recognized as one of the fiercest and most inventive pianists in improvised music. Here, she rides the rhythmic boost of a particularly kinetic quartet, featuring tap dancer Maurice Chestnut.