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The Bridge features classic jazz recordings, new releases, local musicians and interviews with the people who make jazz exciting.

Joel HurdHost Joel Hurdsays:

It all started with public radio. Growing up 50 miles west of Boston I would tune in to WGBH-FM every night to hear Eric in the Evening with Eric Jackson. His voice was (and still is) amazing and the music he played gave my 12-year-old ears a thrill that exists to this day.

That was right around the time that I started playing guitar. So the Miles, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Coltrane, Bill Evans and Duke Ellington that Eric was playing got mixed in my brain with Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, Steve Morse and Scott Henderson. The result is how I hear the music today.

On The Bridge you won't hear screaming guitars or drum machines, but you will hear a program that embraces the new sounds of jazz and celebrates the classics that have shaped those sounds. We'll also play a cut or two from a classic piece of vinyl from the NCPR jazz collection and usually spend a few minutes chatting with an artist about a new release or upcoming concert.

As with all of our programs, your input is welcomed and encouraged. Please drop me an email and let me know what you think. E-mail Joel

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Joel's Jazz Links

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Joel's Jazz Performer Picks
The 2012 Caramoor Jazz Festival presents everything from young artists making their marks to established stars still shining bright. We highlight singer Gretchen Parlato and hard bop band The Cookers.
The Newport Jazz Festival turns 60 this year, and NPR Music will be there for the anniversary. When we're not recording, we'll be checking out bands led by Vijay Iyer, John Zorn, Ron Carter and more.
"You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world," Haden told <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.
Guitarist Bill Frisell shines in three very different settings: with his band reworking John Lennon tunes, in a duo with violinist Jenny Scheinman, and with The Bad Plus playing music of Paul Motian.
Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
A selection of 25 deep, joyful, rewarding albums from every genre, out of every corner of the world, from the first six months months of 2014, picked by NPR Music.
Saxophonist Miguel Zenón (from Puerto Rico) and drummer Dafnis Prieto (from Cuba) have both resettled in the U.S., and are reworking the music of their islands in studios and on bandstands worldwide.
From a traditional blessing to a children's dance, hear a violin address the African diaspora — and a trumpet tell a bedtime story.

Finding Music

You can find or special order any of the music heard on this program from local music stores, including:
Northern Music & Video, Potsdam: 315-265-8100
Ampersound, Saranac Lake:
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh:

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Taylor Haskins
Taylor Haskins

Trumpeter Taylor Haskins plays music from his new CD in Westport July 22nd

July 3rd wasn't a good day for an outdoor concert in the town of Westport. Heavy rains, winds and power outages made for a rough start to the July 4th weekend. One of the many events that fell victim to the storms was the opening concert in the Soundwaves Concert series in Ballard Park. The concert was to feature Grammy Award winning trumpeter Taylor Haskins along with the Meadowmount School of Music String Orchestra playing selections from Taylor's latest CD, Fuzzy Logic. Taylor is also the co-director of the concert series with his wife Catherine, and after much scrambling, the concert has been re-scheduled for this July 22nd at 7:30. Taylor recently met Joel Hurd on the bandstand in Ballard Park to talk about his new CD.  Go to full article

Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman to bring her band to Burlington and Lake Placid

Coming from a very musical family, a life in the arts was inevitable almost from day one for Natalie Cressman. That's why, still in her early 20s, she has a long list of musical accomplishments, including the recent release of her second CD, "Turn The Sea," and five years as trombonist for Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. She talked with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge" about her new CD and her musical milestones so far.  Go to full article
Brian McCarthy (courtesy
Brian McCarthy (courtesy

This Just In....Burlington Saxophonist Brian McCarthy to bring his quintet to Lake Placid

Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy grew up in Vermont, went to college near New York City, then returned to Vermont to help ensure that jazz is alive and well in his home state. His 2013 CD, "This Just In," has garnered excellent reviews in national jazz publications and websites, and he's bringing the same fine quintet that plays on the CD to Lake Placid on February 21st. He talked about the CD with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge."  Go to full article
Gregory Porter at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival (photo by Joel Hurd)
Gregory Porter at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival (photo by Joel Hurd)

Chart-topping jazz singer Gregory Porter to perform in Potsdam this week

Since it was released in September 2013, Gregory Porter's Blue Note Records debut, "Liquid Spirit" has been at the top of the jazz charts worldwide. His non-stop travel schedule has a stop in Potsdam on January 23rd. He talked with Joel Hurd on The Bridge about his music, new-found fame, and how his art was influenced by growing up the son of a minister.  Go to full article

Saxophonist Tim Green reveals life's many seasons in an outstanding debut CD

Baltimore native Tim Green's debut CD, Songs From This Season, showcases writing and playing way beyond his 30 years. Joel Hurd thinks it's the best CD he has heard in at least a year, and he talked with Tim Green about it on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Terri Lyne Carrington brings her Grammy winning Mosaic Project to Potsdam

Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington will bring a stellar band to Potsdam, NY on February 22, 2013 as part of the Community Performance Series. She talked to Joel Hurd about the group, teaching jazz to young people, and winning the 2012 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.  Go to full article
Reggie Quinerly
Reggie Quinerly

Hometown history inspires drummer Reggie Quinerly for his debut CD

Drummer Reggie Quinerly's debut CD, "Music Inspired by Freedmantown" pays tribute to the neighborhood in Houston, TX that was founded by freed slaves. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson
Renee Yoxon and Mark Ferguson

Ottawa Singer Renee Yoxon partners with pianist Mark Ferguson for second CD

Renee Yoxon's ambitious new CD is a collaboration with Ottawa pianist/composer Mark Ferguson and features all original tunes with some of the finest jazz musicians from Ottawa and Montreal. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Pianist Jamie Reynolds produces a stunning debut with "Time With People"

Brooklyn-based Canadian pianist Jamie Reynolds first came to our attention as the pianist for his wife, singer Melissa Stylianou. His debut CD, "Time With People" shows strong compositional ideas, brilliant playing, and a refreshing approach to music and life. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Dennis Mackrel
Dennis Mackrel

Count Basie Orchestra to play Brockville, Ontario Arts Centre

The Count Basie Orchestra is still swinging and they'll be playing the Brockville, Ontario Arts Centre on November 3. The band's director, Dennis Mackrel, previewed the concert with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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