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.
Bassist Adi Meyerson grew up in Israel, discovered jazz in her late teens, got into a conservatory for upright bass a few months after picking up the instrument, and then made her way to the New School in New York. Six years after moving to the US, she’s released her debut album, Where We Stand, and is a busy player in the New York scene. Learn more at http://adimeyersonmusic.com.
This is the first bonus episode for Patreon subscribers! However, I’m releasing this one on the main feed so everyone can hear it and get an idea for what these will sound like. In this episode, writer, broadcaster and educator Richard Kamins talks about the album Freedom Suite by Sonny Rollins. You can read Richard’s excellent jazz reviews at http://steptempest.blogspot.com/.
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Vocalist Sara Gazarek has been reinventing herself recently, and she’s about to release an album that shows new sides as a performer, writer, arranger, and bandleader. In this interview, Gazarek talks about the road to her current music; how Kurt Elling helped her decide to form a new band; how she finds the courage to bare her soul on stage and on record; and why her cat is the best. This episode contains the world premiere of music from Gazarek’s 2019 album. For more information, visit saragazarek.com.
Dmitri Matheny is a flugelhornist, composer, writer, comic book collector, dog enthusiast and bandleader. In this interview we talk about his road dog; his love for noir and how it led to his latest album; the legacy of Art Farmer; and collecting Green Lantern comics. Find Dmitri online at dmitrimatheny.com and follow him on Twitter at @dmitrimatheny.