Archive for July, 2007

July 30th 2007
Article: Rick Parker — Finding His Own Space

Posted under Jazz Writing

The transcript of my interview with Rick Parker is now available at All About Jazz.

July 30th 2007
The Jazz Session #23: Rick Parker

Posted under Podcast & Trombonists

Rick Parker

Jason Crane interviews composer and trombonist Rick Parker. Parker’s most recent album with the Rick Parker Collective is Finding Space (WJF Records, 2006). It was named one of the top CDs of 2006 by Michael Ricci, publisher of All About Jazz. Parker sees himself as a composer first, trombonist second. His passion for writing shows on Finding Space, an album of original music by Parker (plus one number by drummer Kyle Struve). Parker won an ASCAP Young Composer Award for the album’s second track, “Nervous Energy.”

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July 24th 2007
The Jazz Session #22: David Witham

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

David Witham

Jason Crane interviews keyboardist and composer David Witham. Witham is George Benson’s musical director, a gig he’s held down for more than 20 years. His resume includes everyone from Michael Brecker and Eddie Harris to k.d. lang, Jose Feliciano and Paul Anka. On his new album, Spinning The Circle (Cryptogramophone, 2007), Witham assembles an all-star cast from across the musical spectrum to play primarily his own compositions.

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July 16th 2007
The Jazz Session #21: Gene Bertoncini

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Gene Bertoncini

Jason Crane interviews guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Raised in the Bronx, Bertoncini began his musical education at an early age, encouraged by his parents. He studied architecture at Notre Dame before deciding on a life of music. That decision was a smart one — Bertoncini has since performed with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, the Benny Goodman Sextet, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Burt Bacharach, Michel LeGrand and many others. He’s also on the faculty at the Tritone Jazz Camp (tritonejazz.com). All the selections in this show are taken from Bertoncini’s recording Acoustic Romance (Sons of Sound, 2003), featuring drummer Akira Tana and bassist Rufus Reid.

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July 16th 2007
Article: Lisa Roti bringing Chicago jazz to the world

Posted under Jazz Writing

Lisa Roti

Here’s my latest piece for The Guide, the weekly entertainment magazine on Hilton Head Island, SC:

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