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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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Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
Joel's Jazz Performer Picks
<em></em>In three collaborations in the late 1950s, Gil Evans and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz. Terence Blanchard plays Davis' role with commitment and emotion in this set.
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.

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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 Recent Jazz Interviews on The Bridge

Preview: Burlington Jazz Festival starts Friday

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday at various venues around Burlington, and this year features more music than ever before. Joel Hurd spoke with the festival's Managing Director Brian Mital.  Go to full article

Guitarist Steve Khan's new CD, Parting Shot, is a celebration of Latin Jazz

Guitarist Steve Khan has always used Latin rhythms on his CDs, but the new CD, Parting Shot, is a full-out Latin Jazz effort from this veteran jazz guitarist. he talked about the new CD and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Julian Lage (courtesy
Julian Lage (courtesy

Guitarist Julian Lage mixes many musical styles on the new CD "Gladwell"

At age 23 Julian Lage has just released the followup to his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut CD, "Sounding Point". Without any lyrics, "Gladwell" tells the story of an imaginary and forgotten town through music. He talked about the new CD and lots more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard

Local pianist/composer Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius releases new CD, Karibu

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, who grew up on the southern edge of the North Country in Queensbury has a new CD called Karibu. She talked about the new disc, and her very talented band which she calls Heard, with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Monty Alexander
Monty Alexander

Piano legend Monty Alexander featured on "The Bridge"

Jamaica-born Monty Alexander is widely regarded as one of the best pianists in the history of jazz. He's celebrating 50 years as a professional musician with a new live CD, "Uplift", and he talked about the CD and his career with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli

Preview: Jazz great Bucky Pizzarelli in Potsdam

A jazz legend who has played professionally for over 65 years will be playing a special concert in Potsdam Thursday night. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Larry Ham
Larry Ham

Pianist Larry Ham to tour the North Country

Pianist Larry Ham returns to the North Country March 11-14 to play shows in Upper Jay, Saranac Lake and Potsdam. He'll also be working with jazz bands at Keene Central School and Canton High School and giving a music business workshop at his alma mater, The Crane School of Music. He talked about all of this and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Jonathan Kreisberg
Jonathan Kreisberg

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg releases new CD, "Shadowless"

Amazing technique is on display on guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg's 8th CD, "Shadowless." It features a fascinating variety of compositions & sounds, and a tight, locked-in band. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Matthew Rybicki
Matthew Rybicki

Bassist Matthew Rybicki offers a strong debut with his new CD, "Driven"

Matthew Rybicki is a very busy bassist in New York. With degrees from Berklee and Julliard and sideman experience with the best jazz players in the city, he waited until age 37 to record his first CD. The results are worth the wait and he talked about it (via Skype) with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Jonathan Lorentz
Jonathan Lorentz

Saxman Jonathan Lorentz pushes the idea of the saxophone trio on his new CD, Borderlands

Shrewsbury, VT native Jonathan Lorentz is no stranger to North Country audiences, having lived in Queensbury for a few years. His new CD, Borderlands, is a sparse and intense offering of sax, bass and drums. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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