The Checkout: Live
Mar 5, 2014 — The Baltimore native plays mean piano and drums, but he's made his biggest mark as a bandleader with his mallets. The jazz vibraphonist visits his alma mater to lead his quintet in concert.
Jan 29, 2014 — The composer and bandleader mixes Argentine folk forms, New York's jazz talent pool and a postmodern mash-up imagination. He returns to his alma mater, a core group of bandmates in tow, to coach a performance of his own uniquely beguiling music.
Dec 11, 2013 — After releasing his fourth album earlier this year, the alto saxophonist premieres a new set of compositions: a suite for jazz octet inspired by A.A. Milne's poetry for children. He visits his alma mater to introduce the music in a live broadcast.
Oct 9, 2013 — The saxophonist, 24, came to the U.S. from Chile with little money and less command of English. But she did have some serious ability at the saxophone, which has now found footing in the New York scene. She visits her alma mater to perform with her international band.
Jun 13, 2013 — They met in New Orleans' performing-arts high school, became Donald Harrison's rhythm section as teenagers and have now released their first album. The precociously mature collective plays original music — and a few acknowledgements — in a live performance.
Jun 12, 2013 — The clarinetist Don Byron has a way of homing in on an artist's legacy and transforming it with intelligence and adventure. In this case, he takes on the bluesy music of Southern gospel pioneer Thomas Dorsey and the legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe in concert.
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.
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.
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.