Famed New York-area radio station WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/WBGO.org, NPR Music, and Berklee present the Checkout–Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater. The shows are broadcast in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new in New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition and available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They will also be archived atCheckoutjazz.org.
MAE.SUN, led by saxophonist and composer Hailey Niswanger, is a contemporary, mix-genre project. Their first album, Vol. 1: Inter-be, was released on November 3, 2017. Niswanger (pronounced “nice–wonger”) graduated from Berklee in December of 2011 with a B.A. in Jazz Performance. While at Berklee, Niswanger was one of 14 students selected to be part of the inaugural class of Berklee’s elite new Global Jazz Institute under the artistic direction of Danilo Perez. Since then, she has gone on to share the stage with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, DeeDee Bridgewater, George Duke, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Harvey Mason, Phil Woods, James Moody, Christian McBride, McCoy Tyner, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Ralph Peterson Jr., and many other jazz greats. Niswanger has been invlolved with a variety of musical projects that have taken her to Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and a slew of respected jazz festivals.