Archive for October, 2008

October 31st 2008
CONTEST: See Marcin Wasilewski in L.A.!

Posted under Contest

Calling all jazz fans in and around Los Angeles! I’ve got two tickets to see ECM recording artist Marcin Wasilewski and his trio this Monday, November 3, at the Jazz Bakery in L.A. (You can hear Marcin and his music on this week’s episode of The Jazz Session.)

To win, send an e-mail to with “tickets” in the subject line. First one to contact me wins!

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October 31st 2008
Birth of the Cool

Posted under Thoughts

Thanks to the wonderful blog BAGNews Notes for the link

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October 31st 2008
Happy birthday, Joel!

Posted under Jazz News

Today is saxophonist Joel Frahm’s birthday. Happy birthday, Joel!

Let’s all celebrate by checking out Joel’s appearance on The Jazz Session, recorded in August 2007 when Joel released his CD We Used To Dance.


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October 30th 2008

Posted under Jazz News

The opening and closing themes of The Jazz Session were written and performed by The Respect Sextet, a wonderful band that started in Rochester, NY, and is now based in NYC. Here’s a video of the band playing pianist/keyboardist/electro-wizard Red Wierenga’s tune “Illegal Use of a Baguette” at the Brooklyn Lyceum on 10.26.08 with guest bassist Eivind Opsvik:

And here they are playing trombonist James Hirschfeld’s “Fitty Billion” at the same gig:

Please check out their music (and buy some CDs) at Thanks!

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October 27th 2008
The Jazz Session #48: Marcin Wasilewski

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Jason Crane interviews Polish pianist and composer Marcin Wasilewski. His new recording, January (ECM, 2008), features his own compositions alongside those of Gary Peacock, Carla Bley, Ennio Moricone and … Prince. Wasilewski’s trio is very much a part of the new European piano trio renaissance, featuring inventive material played democratically.

CONTEST! The Marcin Wasilewski Trio starts a U.S. tour on November 1 in Seattle, with stops in San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Columbus. I’ve got two tickets to Marcin’s show at the Jazz Bakery in LA on Monday, November 3. To win, be the first person to send an e-mail to with “Marcin” in the subject line. Listeners who have won in the past 30 days need to sit this one out. Everyone else — good luck!


October 20th 2008
More winners!

Posted under Contest & Site Updates


A hearty congratulations to the latest batch of CD winners. (The CDs went out today.)

  • Michael from Horseheads, NY (Kenny Garrett CD)
  • Brian from New York City (Kenny Garrett CD)
  • Foluwaso from Lagos, Nigeria (Kenny Garrett CD)
  • Marisa from Glen Mills, PA (Jo Lawry CD)

As you can see, people listen to The Jazz Session all over the country … and all over the world!

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October 20th 2008
The Jazz Session #47: Satoko Fujii

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Jason Crane interviews pianist and composer Satoko Fujii. Fujii has released four new recordings in 2008, her 50th birthday year. These records find her with her New York trio; on accordion in the avant-folk-jazz group of her husband, trumpeter Natsuki Tamura; in a quartet with some of Japan’s most talented improvising musicians; and in a second trio with both American and Japanese musicians. Far from slowing down in her middle years, Fujii seems to be pushing herself even more relentlessly, searching for new and exciting ways of expressing her musical ideas. Find out more at Satoko Fujii’s Web site.


October 6th 2008
The Jazz Session #46: Kenny Garrett

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Jason Crane interviews saxophonist Kenny Garrett about his new CD, Sketches of MD (Mack Ave Records, 2008). This album features the paired saxophones of Garrett and Pharoah Sanders, who’ve performed together many times but never recorded live. Garrett wrote all the tunes on the album, each of which draws inspiration from a sideman or groove concept associated with the Miles Davis band (the “MD” of the album title). Find out more at

CONTEST: Win Sketches of MD! I’ve got three copies of the CD to give away. To win, send an e-mail with the subject line “KENNY” to (Note: If you’ve won in the past 30 days, please sit this one out. Thanks!)

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October 3rd 2008
The New Low Down on The Jazz Session

Posted under Jazz News

Lee Ingalls writes the jazz blog The New Low Down. Lee had this to say about The Jazz Session this week:

This is long overdue, but I feel the need to plug The Jazz Session, a fine jazz blog with a great jazz podcast to boot. If I were ever to do a jazz podcast, I’d hope it could be half as good as the podcast that host Jason Crane does every week. Crane brings both knowledge and a genuine enthusiasm to the proceedings and generally keeps the conversation from degrading into arcane shop talk for experts. I’m still working my way through the archives, but recent interviews with Aaron Parks and Eddie Daniels have both been a treat.

Better git it in your feed reader.

Thanks, Lee!

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October 3rd 2008
Hayden Carruth (1921-2008)

Posted under Jazz News & Thoughts

Poet and jazz fan Hayden Carruth died this week. He wrote a lot about jazz in both poems and prose. Here’s an example, courtesy of George Thomas, host of Jazz In The Evening on Vermont Public Radio:

The Fantastic Names of Jazz

Zoot Sims, Joshua Redman,
Billie Holiday, Pete Fountain,
Fate Marable, Ivie Anderson,
Meade Lux Lewis, Mezz Mezzrow,
Manzie Johnson, Marcus Roberts,
Omer Simeon, Miff Mole, Sister
Rosetta Tharpe, Freddie Slack,
Thelonious Monk, Charlie Teagarden,
Max Roach, Paul Celestin, Muggsy
Spanier, Boomie Richman, Panama
Francis, Abdullah Ibrahim, Piano
Red, Champion Jack Dupree,
Cow Cow Davenport, Shirley Horn,
Cedar Walton, Sweets Edison,
Jaki Byard, John Heard, Joy Harjo,
Pinetop Smith, Tricky Sam
Nanton, Major Holley, Stuff Smith,
Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berigan,
Mr. Cleanhead Vinson, Ruby Braff,
Cootie Williams, Cab Calloway,
Lockjaw Davis, Chippie Hill,
And of course Jelly Roll Morton.

From Doctor Jazz (Copper Canyon Press)

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, George will be featuring a jazz tribute to Hayden Carruth on his show. You can listen online.

As I mentioned, Hayden Carruth wrote quite a bit about jazz. Many of thsoe prose writings (and a poem or two) are collected in his book Sitting In: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Related Topics. That book is available at


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October 2nd 2008
Congrats to CD winners

Posted under Contest & Site Updates


I’ve been giving away CDs each week for the past several weeks, and I’d like to congratulate all the winners thus far:

  • Chris from Isle of Man, UK (Jo Lawry CD)
  • Irina from Munich, Germany (Eddie Daniels 2-CD set)
  • Jon from Glen Ellen, CA (Eddie Daniels 2-CD set)
  • David from Towson, MD (Eddie Daniels 2-CD set)
  • Alex from Austin, TX (Javon Jackson CD)

As you can see, people listen to The Jazz Session all over the world!

YOU CAN STILL WIN: I’ve got two copies of the Javon Jackson CD and one copy of the Jo Lawry CD. To win, send an e-mail with the first name of the artist you’d like to

Coming up: Listen for your chance to win CDs by Kate McGarry and Kenny Garrett. And coming up in the weeks ahead — a treasure trove of reissued LPs! (That’s right, LPs!)

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