Archive for September, 2007

September 24th 2007
Article: Ingrid Jensen — Viking Spirit

Posted under Jazz Writing

My latest article for All About Jazz is an extended interview with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

For years, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen wanted to bring together her friend, pianist Maggi Olin, and her sister, saxophonist Christine Jensen, for an album celebrating their shared Nordic ancestry. That album is Flurry (ArtistShare, 2007), by their band Nordic Connect. It’s another deep and moving recording from the Juno-Award-winning Jensen. All About Jazz contributor Jason Crane talked with Jensen about the Viking feeling, the long road to her present success, and whether or not Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer and Bobby Shew are crazy.

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September 23rd 2007
TJS Extra #3: Jazz Improv Live! Convention

Posted under Podcast

Jazz Improv Live

Jason Crane interviews Eric Nemeyer, vibraphonist and founder of Jazz Improv magazine. Nemeyer is also the creator of the Jazz Improv Live! Convention, a four-day gathering of jazz musicians, writers, historians, broadcasters and fans. The convention runs from October 25-28 in New York City. It features panel discussions, presentations, and workshops, along with nightly concerts in multiple venues.

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September 18th 2007
The Jazz Session hits 20,000 downloads!

Posted under Site Updates

Seems like it was just a month ago that The Jazz Session passed 15,000 downloads. And now here we are, one month later, and 5,000 more folks have downloaded episodes of the show. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The show keeps getting better! Coming up in the weeks ahead: Avishai Cohen, Anat Cohen, Tord Gustavsen, Matt Shulman, Joan Stiles, Laurie Pepper (wife of Art Pepper), Ben Sidran, Ingrid Jensen, Brian Groder, Hector Martignon, the Stryker-Slagle Band, Chris Jentsch, Kahil El’Zabar, and more!

Thanks for listening — and please tell a friend about The Jazz Session.

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September 14th 2007
Articles: Savannah Jazz Festival coverage

Posted under Jazz Writing

I wrote the Savannah Jazz Festival coverage for The Guide, the weekly entertainment magazine on Hilton Head Island. Here’s are the links, along with the full text of all three stories:

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September 10th 2007
The Jazz Session #29: Donny McCaslin

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists


Jason Crane interviews saxophonist Donny McCaslin. One of the busiest saxophonists in the business, McCaslin plays with Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas and many others. He also fronts his own groups, including the band on his new CD, In Pursuit (Sunnyside, 2007). A follow-up to his critically acclaimed record Soar (Sunnyside, 2006), In Pursuit features compositions commissioned for a Chamber Music America grant. McCaslin talks about his father’s influence, playing with Gary Burton, and the life of an in-demand musician.

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September 3rd 2007
The Jazz Session #28: Brian Patneaude

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Brian Patneaude

Jason Crane interviews saxophonist and composer Brian Patneaude. His new quartet album is called As We Know It (WEPA Records, 2007). Patneaude was born and raised near Albany, NY. He’s chosen to make his musical stand in Albany, and the choice is paying off. Patneaude is a busy musician, whether it’s his weekly residency at famed Albany jazz club Justin’s or his continuing gig with Grammy-nominated Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra. As We Know It features seven strong compositions by Patneaude, and some inspired playing by his regular working band and guest pianist Dave Payette.

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September 3rd 2007
TJS Cause of the Month: Tipitina’s Foundation

Posted under Cause of the Month

Every month, The Jazz Session asks you to take a little of your hard-earned cash and give it to folks who need it. This month’s cause:

Tipitina’s Foundation

The mission of the Tipitina’s Foundation is to restore Louisiana’s irreplaceable music community and preserve the state’s unique musical cultures. The history of the Tipitina’s Foundation originates from the Tipitina’s music venue, a revered cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of New Orleans music around the world. The foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of New Orleans music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.

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