Archive for February, 2010

February 26th 2010
Jazz writing: Scott Giddens profile

Posted under Jazz Writing & Podcast

My most recent piece for The Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC, is a short profile of the Hammond organ and organists Jimmy Smith and Scott Giddens.

Read the article.

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February 25th 2010
The Jazz Session #146: Erik Deutsch

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist and keyboardist Erik Deutsch combines a love of groove and vintage keyboards with a keen ear for melody and orchestration on his CD Hush Money (Hammer & String, 2009). In this interview, Deutsch talks about his musical goals for this album; how he combined live performance and creative use of the recording studio to make the finished product; and his views on the jam band and jazz scenes. Deutsch spent several years with the popular band Fat Mama. Learn more at www.hammerandstring.com.

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February 24th 2010
Happy Anniversary!

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

Today is the third anniversary of The Jazz Session, which started back on Feb. 24, 2007 with TJS #1: Grant Stewart. Here were are, 460,000+ downloads later and still going strong — thanks to YOU!

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February 22nd 2010
The Jazz Session #145: Harris Eisenstadt

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt’s album Canada Day (Clean Feed, 2009) is a strong statement by an inventive composer. In this interview, Eisenstadt talks about his compositional goals for the album; how this CD is both related to his past work and different from it; and also about his upcoming nonet project. Learn more at www.harriseisenstadt.com. NOTE: Eisenstadt and the Canada Day band will be at Ibeam in Brooklyn on Feb. 26 and 27, 2010. Learn more at ibeambrooklyn.com.

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February 18th 2010
The Jazz Session #144: Chris Kelsey

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Chris Kelsey is both a jazz musician and critic — one of the rare people who straddles both worlds. His new CD is Not Cool (…as in “The Opposite of Paul Desmond”) (Tzazz Krytyk, 2009). In this interview, Kelsey talks about his approach to composition and performance; how his work as a critic has impacted his career as a musician; and how blogging has changed the way he writes about music. Learn more at chriskelsey.com.

Click here to purchase Chris Kelsey’s new album via CD Baby.

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February 15th 2010
The Jazz Session #143: Jason Parker

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Seattle-based trumpeter Jason Parker has figured out how to make a living — and a life — with his instrument. Parker’s quartet has been together for a several years, a fact clearly in evidence on their most recent recording, No More, No Less (Jason Parker Music, 2009). In this interview, Parker talks about the band and what makes it work; his early adoption of social media and how it’s helped his career; and why he decided to give away his music for free. Learn more at oneworkingmusician.com. Follow Jason Parker on Twitter at twitter.com/1workinmusician.

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February 12th 2010
My first book!

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

I found out Tuesday night that FootHills Publishing, an independent poetry press celebrating its 25th year, is going to publish a collection of my work. I really can’t believe it. Huzzah!

Watch jasoncrane.org for more details…

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February 11th 2010
Coming up on The Jazz Session

Posted under Jazz News & Podcast

Coming up on The Jazz Session over the next couple months: Jason Parker, Chris Kelsey, Harris Eisenstadt, Erik Deutsch, Chad Taylor, John Hollenbeck, Roger Kellaway, Sam Sadigursky, Brandon Seabrook, Lionel Loueke, Dave Rempis & Frank Rosaly, Frank Kimbrough, John Ellis, Orrin Evans, Joe Locke, Tyshawn Sorey, Fred Ho, …Erik Telford, Stanton Moore, Matt Lavelle … and more!

Crazy, right?

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February 11th 2010
The Jazz Session #142: Hiromi

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Hiromi Uehara spends a lot of time on the road, traveling from gig to gig, from hotel to hotel, from city to city and country to country. Her new CD, Place To Be (Telarc, 2010), pays tribute to many of the places she’s visited. In this interview, Hiromi talks about life on the road; her emotional return to her hometown in Japan; and why she’s happy to meet new pianos. Learn more at www.hiromimusic.com.

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February 9th 2010
Brilliant

Posted under Jazz News & Podcast

Many thanks to Chris Rich of the blog Brilliant Corners for including The Jazz Session right at the top of his site.

If you’re not familiar with Chris, you should be. He blogs frequently and fearlessly about jazz as an art form and as a business, and I always find his take on the music refreshing and original. Chris also goes out of his way to build a community of jazz fans, musicians and writers, and that’s important work.

Back in November, Chris asked me to participate in his occasional profile series. Here are the results.

So thanks, Chris. The jazz world is better with you in it.

UPDATE: This short post prompted some nasty comments, which is too bad. But it also prompted an interesting post from Chris Rich, which is good.

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February 8th 2010
The Jazz Session #141: Lee Shaw

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Lee Shaw is living a fascinating life. From her childhood in Oklahoma in the 1920s to her early exposure to jazz in Chicago to her decades-long career as a jazz pianist, Shaw has been everywhere and played with just about everyone. In this interview, recorded at the Rotary Club of Albany, NY, Shaw talks about her early years; why she decided to become a jazz pianist rather than a classical accompanist; and the impulsive proposal that led to a lifetime of musical bliss. Learn more at www.leeshaw.org.

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February 4th 2010
The Jazz Session #140: Ben Powell

Posted under Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival & Violinists

Violinist Ben Powell made his festival debut this summer at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, where this interview was recorded. Powell was raised in Cheltenham, England, the son of a cellist and a violin teacher. He released the album Light in 2008. In this interview, Powell talks about his musical upbringing; how a chance meeting with an American conductor led to a Berklee scholarship; and why he’s chosen to focus on music from the early days of jazz. Learn more at www.ben-powell.com.

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February 1st 2010
The Jazz Session #139: Linda Oh

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Linda Oh was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, grew up in Perth, Australia, and now plays the bass in New York City. Her debut recording, Entry (self-produced, 2009), is a strong trio statement featuring trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and drummer Obed Calvaire. In this interview, Oh discusses her decision to challenge herself on her first recording; her upbringing and how it influenced her decision to become a jazz bassist; and how she has dealt with stereotypes about Asian women as she’s forged her career. Learn more at www.lindaohmusic.com.

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