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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
Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.
Recorded live at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, the Grammy-winning pianist and his quartet make psychic connections to Freddie Hubbard via "Bolivia."
In a 2002 session, Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"
The great jazz photographer Chuck Stewart recently found six rolls of 50-year-old film in his archive. They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.
Loueke is one of the most distinctive artists on the world-music scene. Loueke gets African-style rhythms going, tapping on his guitar and using his effects pedals at the Kennedy Center.
At the Kennedy Center Jazz Club, the trio plays everything from bebop classics to Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk. Mulgrew's take on the timeless ballad "My Foolish Heart" is unforgettable.
The Grammy Award-winning singer joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about his own musical evolution. McFerrin demonstrates his a cappella style and performs songs from <em>Porgy and Bess.</em>
The Portuguese term — which embodies a particular mix of melancholy, longing and loss — has no direct equivalent in English. But it does find full expression in bittersweet music.

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

Organist Jared Gold's new CD is Out of Line

Organist Jared Gold gets some terrific sounds out of his Hammond B3 organ for his new Posi-Tone CD, "Out of Line". He talks about it on The Bridge with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Doug Webb's "Midnight"
Doug Webb's "Midnight"

Doug Webb talks about "Midnight"

L.A.-based saxophonist Doug Webb has just released his solo debut CD, Midnight, on Posi-Tone Records. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Steve Davis
Steve Davis

Trombonist Steve Davis talks about "Images"

Trombonist Steve Davis' new CD, Images, is a commissioned work paying tribute to the people, places and history of Hartford, CT. He talked about it on The Bridge with Joel Hurd.  Go to full article
Hilario Duran
Hilario Duran

Pianist Hilario Duran releases "Motion"

Toronto-based Cuban pianist Hilario Duran has just released the Juno-nominated "Motion" in the U.S. Joel Hurd talked about it with him on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Sunna Gunnlaugs
Sunna Gunnlaugs

Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs releases new CD to great acclaim

Sunna Gunnlaugs' music is shaped by everything from Icelandic folk music to Bill Evans to Kool And The Gang. She talked about all of that, and her new CD, The Dream, with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Pianist Bruce Barth talks about his new duo CD, Home

Pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Steve Wilson have played together for over 25 years, but until now, never in a duo setting. Bruce talks about their new CD, Home, with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski to play in the North Country again

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski returns to the North Country on July 1st to play with the Wally Siebel All Star Big Band at the Norwood Village Green. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Ranee Lee
Ranee Lee

Montreal Singer Ranee Lee's career takes a serious step up

Singer Ranee Lee is celebrating the release of her new CD, Lives Upstairs, a recent Juno Award, and a very busy summer doing what she loves. She talked about these things and more with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Fabrizio Sotti
Fabrizio Sotti

Guitarist Fabrizio Sotti blends old traditions and new sounds on "Inner Dance"

Italian guitarist Fabrizio Sotti pays tribute to the classic organ trio format, while mixing in thoroughly modern sounds on his new CD, Inner Dance. He talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article
Jeff Antoniuk
Jeff Antoniuk

Saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk releases new CD

Maryland-based saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk has just released a new CD with his band, The Jazz Update. He talked about "Brotherhood" with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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