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The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca - New Performance Series with WBGO and NPR Music
(Published: June 03, 2011)

92YTribeca and WBGO present The Checkout: Live from 92YTribeca, a new series created by Joshua Jackson, host of WBGO's hour-long music magazine The Checkout, who is widely recognized as an unparalleled enthusiast for modern expressions in jazz. Curated by Jackson in conjunction with 92YTribeca, The Checkout: Live will convene some of the most exciting and innovative players on the NYC scene for monthly concerts that will be broadcast live on WBGO as well as streamed on WBGO.org. Portions will also be recorded for future broadcast and podcast as part of The Checkout.

The mainstage at 92YTribeca, 92nd Street Y's downtown cultural venue, regularly features jazz as part of its eclectic offerings, which also include film, performance, visual art and a huge range of musical genres. "92YTribeca is a multidimensional space that was built to support arts across many disciplines," said Michele Thompson, director of 92YTribeca. "We presented a weekend of Jazz with Jason Moran and friends this winter and were struck by the enthusiasm of the young Jazz audience for both new artists and seasoned masters. We were delighted to meet Josh in that process and recognized a shared vision with WBGO for highlighting innovative artists and introducing their work to a broader audience. 92YTribeca's capacity for creating a great experience for both artists and audiences, when joined with Josh's curatorial savvy and WBGO's reach should provide an ideal forum for this project." The Checkout: Live at 92YTribeca adds to 92nd Street Y's expanding broadcast and online offerings, which include satellite broadcasts of its renowned lecture series, as well as content on FORA.tv, iTunesU, the archive at 92Y.org and elsewhere.

The Checkout: Live at 92YTribeca is one part of a comprehensive WBGO programming strategy to expand the audience for a distinct musical culture. "Our message is growing, and so are the ways we can deliver it - on a clear and consistent radio signal, on wbgo.org, and on mobile telephony. We're excited to work with 92YTribeca to create new opportunities to discover, engage, and build the jazz community," said Jackson.

The Checkout: Live grows out of Jackson's weekly broadcast production on WBGO, The Checkout, which was created as a vehicle to discover new music and to reinforce the ideas of currency and immediacy in jazz culture. The Checkout: Live at 92YTribeca, as well as WBGO's partner series with NPR, Live at the Village Vanguard, gives people multiple opportunities to see, hear, and engage with a live performance - on the radio, online, on mobile devices. Josh Jackson continued, "I'm thankful for the support of WBGO's senior management and the team at 92YTribeca. Everyone is so committed to increasing the impact and visibility of jazz. We all want to grow the audience for jazz and expand the cultural literacy of people who connect with us. Jazz music never really lost its cool. There's still plenty of high-quality music being made by a very diverse culture. WBGO takes our mission seriously. As a media organization, our aim is to take jazz presentation to new heights. Musicians take the music to new places all the time. We need to tell that story every way we know how."

The Checkout: Live series will also be video webcast live and archived at NPR Music (npr.org/music) as part of NPR Music's ongoing commitment to bring the vibrant jazz scene to a nationwide audience through its website and mobile apps. "We relish this new opportunity to amplify the great work of WBGO and give jazz fans new ways to fall in love with and experience the music," said Anya Grundmann, NPR Music Director and Executive Producer.

New York City's hottest new jazz showcase, a living and breathing celebration of the present and future of the music, The Checkout: Live kicks off June 22 with Dan Tepfer and special guest Lee Konitz.

More Information: http://www.92YTribeca.org


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