The Jazz Session #470: Jean Rohe

Singer-songwriter Jean Rohe’s new album is called Sisterly. In this interview, Rohe talks about art and the patriarchy; our role in standing up for what’s right; songwriting and performance as tools of social change; and the very different sonic landscape of this new recording. Learn more at https://www.jeanrohe.com/.

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The Jazz Session #469: Wayne Horvitz

Pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz has two new albums out: a trio recording called The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines), and an orchestral album called Those Who Remain (National Sawdust Tracks). In this interview Horvitz talks about the unusual circumstances that led to the trio album; composing versus performing; working with Bill Frisell; and much more. Learn more at http://www.waynehorvitz.com/.

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The Jazz Session #468: Walter Smith III

Saxophonist Walter Smith III’s new album is called Twio. It features a program of standards played by Smith with bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Eric Harland. Smith is on a half-dozen albums coming out in the latter half of 2018, several of which are discussed in the interview. He also talks about his time at Berklee and how that influenced his career; the impact of working with masters such as Roy Haynes and Terence Blanchard; and how an ice cream social led to a major change in his life. Learn more at waltersmith3.com.

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The Jazz Session #467: Helen Sung

Pianist Helen Sung‘s new album is Sung With Words, a collaboration with poet Dana Gioia that features both spoken word and also Gioia’s words set to music. In this interview, Sung talks about how they met and decided to work together; why she is constantly trying to learn new skills; her faith and how it impacts her music; and her upcoming projects. Learn more at helensung.com.

Concert Note: Catch the official release party for Sung With Words at The Jazz Standard in New York on Dec. 13, 2018. The band will be: Helen Sung (piano), Cecile McLorin Salvant (voice), Carolyn Leonhart (voice), John Ellis (saxophone), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Reuben Rogers (bass), Kush Abadey (drums), and Samuel Torres (percussion). Click for tickets.

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The Jazz Session #466: Stefon Harris

Vibraphonist, educator and app developer Stefon Harris’s new album is Sonic Creed. In this interview, Harris discusses the responsibilities of his generation of musicians; how his album is an expression of the current state of African-American life in the U.S.; and why empathy is the focus of his life. Learn more at stefonharris.com.

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