Archive for December, 2009

December 31st 2009
The Jazz Session looks back at 2009: Oh, the places you’ll go!

Posted under Jazz Writing & Podcast & Site Updates

My year-in-review article for All About Jazz is now available online. It’s a look at some of the interesting places at which I recorded episodes of the show in 2009. These spots include:

  • Steve Kuhn’s kitchen
  • The lobby of Vijay Iyer’s apartment building
  • A trailer behind the stage at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
  • James Shipp’s minivan
  • …and many more!

Read: The Jazz Session: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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December 30th 2009
The Jazz Session #129: Eric Alexander

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Eric Alexander has forged a multi-decade career out of one simple concept: “To thine own self be true.” In this interview, recorded before his September 2009 performance in Schenectady, NY, Alexander talks about his musical vision; his experience as a teacher at SUNY Purchase; and why he thinks it’s possible to point to one particular period of jazz as the greatest in the music’s history. Learn more at

The tunes in this interview come from Eric Alexander’s Nightlife In Tokyo CD. If you’d like to buy this album, you can support The Jazz Session by purchasing it via the link below:


December 28th 2009
The Jazz Session hits 400,000 downloads!

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

What a way to end 2009! Thank you so much for your support. You make it all worthwhile.

Stay tuned in 2010 for many more interviews, including Sonny Rollins, Marty Ehrlich, Amy Cervini, Matthew Shipp, Lee Shaw, Tyshawn Sorey, Chad Taylor, James Wiedman, Mike Reed, Linda Oh, Hiromi, Jason Parker, Erik Deutsch, Harris Eisenstadt, Roger Kellaway, Sam Sadigursky and many more!


December 28th 2009
The Jazz Session #128: Dan Scofield on Sonny Simmons

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Sonny Simmons is the subject of a new documentary now in production called Just A Guy Who Knows. The filmmakers, Dan Scofield and Mike Ercolini, have so far produced a 20-minute trailer and are raising funds to finish a 45-minute short film on Simmons. The saxophonist has lived a remarkable life, moving from his days as a colleague of John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to near anonymity as a musician on the streets of San Francisco. He’s now back in action again, and his wisdom and intelligence shine through in the documentary. Learn more at

Here’s the short trailer for the film. Visit the Web site to get access to the longer version.

JUST A GUY WHO KNOWS trailer from Blind Escrow Productions on Vimeo.

One of Sonny’s recent albums is Ancient Ritual. If you’d like to buy this album, you can support The Jazz Session by purchasing it via the link below:

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December 25th 2009
The Jazz Session #127: James Shipp

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer and percussionist James Shipp is making music without borders. With his band Nos Novo, Shipp has just released Strange Sweethearts In America (Shippwrite Music, 2009), a fascinating and fun mix of traditional Irish melodies and rhythms with Brazilian music and collective improvisation. In this interview, Shipp talks about the genesis of the band; provides a guide to the varying ingredients on the album; and talks about what makes each of these styles so special to him. Learn more at

If you’d like to buy this album, you can support The Jazz Session by purchasing it via the link below:


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