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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

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
Ramona Borthwick
Ramona Borthwick

Pianist Ramona Borthwick releases new CD

Pianist/composer Ramona Borthwick, who spent several years in nearby Ottawa, has a new CD. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Angela Hagenbach
Angela Hagenbach

Singer Angela Hagenbach pays tribute to three composers on her new CD.

Singer Angela Hagenbach's new CD, "The Way They Make Me Feel" pays tribute to Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand and Johnny Mandel. She talked about it with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge".  Go to full article
Alex Hargreaves
Alex Hargreaves

Violinist Alex Hargreaves releases a new CD

Jazz violinist Alex Hargreaves has just released his debut CD at the age of 17. Joel hurd talked with him about it on "The Bridge".  Go to full article

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