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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 adapting nicely to life in the North Country

Grammy Award winning trumpeter Taylor Haskins has lived in the North Country since November, 2010. After years in New York City, the New Hampshire native now feels right at home here. He talked with Joel Hurd about life as a jazz musician in the Champlain Valley, and previews his August 19, 2012 concert at the Lake Placid Center For The Arts, which will be a benefit for the Lakeside School in Essex, NY.  Go to full article

Trumpet great Wayne Bergeron to play with All Star Big Band directed by Wally Siebel

The All Star Big Band directed by Wally Siebel plays it's annual concerts in Norwood, NY and Potsdam, NY next week, and they'll be joined by the busiest trumpeter on the L.A. studio scene, Wayne Bergeron. Wayne talked with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

TD Ottawa International Jazz Fest welcomes hundreds of musicians to Canada's capital

This year's TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival will feature over 120 concerts and over 800 artists. Petr Cancura is the Programming Director for the festival and he's in charge of determining who those artists are and where they'll be playing. He talked about the festival with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Kingston Jazz Fest features wonderfully diverse lineup

This year's Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival in Kingston, Ontario features The Anat Cohen Quartet, Sophie Milman, The Jerry Granelli Trio, Tanya Tagaq, Homburger/Guy/Niggli, and the Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Quintet. Brian McCurdy, the Cultural Director for the city of Kingston, talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Ten days of jazz in Burlington

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival returns for ten days beginning Friday, June 1, at a variety of venues throughout the city. The festival's Managing Director, Brian Mital, talked about this year's highlights with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Tom Tallitsch
Tom Tallitsch

Tenor Saxophonist Tom Tallitsch's new CD, Heads Or Tales, blends classic sounds with contemporary compositions

Tom Tallitsch has just released a new CD for Posi-Tone Records, and has tapped three great players to interpret his modern compositions with an old school sound. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"
Melissa Stylianou's "Silent Movie"

Singer Melissa Stylianou's new CD is a compelling mix of standards, originals, and re-worked pop tunes

Melissa Stylianou has roots in Toronto and London, Ontario, but for the last six years has been a busy singer and educator in New York City. Her fourth CD, Silent Movie, has just been released on Anzic Records, and she talked about the CD, her early years as an aspiring actress in Toronto, and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Carl Bartlett, Jr.
Carl Bartlett, Jr.

A strong debut for alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr.

Alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett, Jr's debut CD, Hopeful, features six original tunes and a guest appearance by the trumpeter who turned him on to jazz more than 15 years ago: his uncle Charles. He talked about the CD, his musical vision, and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Drummer Jack DeJohnette's Sound Travels features nice melodies and strong grooves

Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of the greatest drummers in the world. This year he celebrates his 70th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down. His latest CD is "Sound Travels" on E-One Records. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
The SFJAZZ Collective
The SFJAZZ Collective

The SFJAZZ Collective to make three stops in the region

Jazz supergroup The SFJAZZ Collective will be playing three shows in the area next week. March 2nd at The Flynn Theatre in Burlington, March 3rd at Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam, and March 4th at The Egg in Albany. The concerts will feature music of Stevie Wonder along with original compositions from the band members. The group's trombonist Robin Eubanks talked with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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