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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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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
The Hot Club of Detroit
The Hot Club of Detroit

The Hot Club of Detroit releases third CD.

The Hot Club of Detroit is a quintet celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Their new CD, It's About That Time", is just out on Mack Avenue Records and Paul Brady, one of the band's guitarists, talked about it with Joel Hurd on The Bridge.  Go to full article

Ken McCarthy talks about Jazz on the Tube

Ken McCarthy makes his living as an internet marketing professional, but jazz is one of his true passions. So in January 2009 he founded Just a year and a half later nearly 20,000 people have subscribed to this free service. Ken talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article

Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival announces 2010 lineup

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival seems to have music for every taste this year. The festival's managing director, Brian Mital, talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Tia Fuller
Tia Fuller

Saxophonist Tia Fuller takes time away from playing with Beyonce to release new CD

Saxophonist Tia Fuller's new CD, "Decisive Steps", is just out on Mack Avenue Records. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article

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