Archive for March, 2010

March 29th 2010
The Jazz Session #155: Orrin Evans

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Orrin Evans pays tribute to his friend and musical partner Bobby Watson on Faith In Action (Posi-Tone, 2010). In this interview, recorded while Evans was on tour in Italy, he talks about the importance of family and friends to his life and career; why he chose the particular Watson compositions that appear on the new album; and how he approaches the task of leading a band. Learn more at www.myspace.com/orrinevans.

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March 26th 2010
Half a million downloads!

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

Sometime in the past hour or so, The Jazz Session passed 500,000 downloads! Can you believe it? Half a million! Huzzah!

Thanks to all of you for your support. Tell a friend, OK?

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March 25th 2010
The Jazz Session #154: John Ellis

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist John Ellis & Double-Wide return with an expanded instrumental line-up on their new CD, Puppet Mischief (Obliq Sound, 2010). This interview was recorded in Albany, NY, right before Ellis’s show at Red Square. In this interview, Ellis talks about the addition of harmonica and trombone to the band; how he approaches recording sessions; and Ice Siren, his hour-long, song-based narrative collaboration with writer Andy Bragen. Learn more at johnaxsonellis.com.

NOTE: This is John Ellis’s second appearance on The Jazz Session. You can also hear him talk about the first Double-Wide album on TJS #37 from 2008.

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March 23rd 2010
An interview with lil’ ol’ me

Posted under TJS In The News

The wonderful Willard Jenkins (who was my guest on TJS #123) just posted an interview with me about The Jazz Session.

Check it out over at Willard’s blog, The Independent Ear.

One note: Willard refers to me in his introduction as a “broadcaster-poet.” I think that may be the single nicest description of me ever.

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March 22nd 2010
The Jazz Session #153: Frank Kimbrough

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Frank Kimbrough’s latest CD, Rumors (Palmetto, 2010), comes out on March 30, 2010. It’s a trio session with bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Jeff Hirschfield. In this interview, Kimbrough talks about the album’s uncommon recording method; how Andrew Hill impacted his early musical life and the lifelong friendship that resulted; and why being ready to fail is a crucial component of musical success. Learn more at home.earthlink.net/~fkimbrough/.

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March 18th 2010
The Jazz Session #152: Lionel Loueke

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Lionel Loueke combines the music of his native Benin with his immersion in jazz on his album, Mwaliko (Blue Note, 2010). He’s joined on the record by Angélique Kidjo, Esperanza Spaulding, Richard Bona, Marcus Gilmore and others. In this interview, Loueke talks about his early years in Benin and how he ended up playing jazz in the U.S.; the guests and repertoire on his new album; and the influence of Herbie Hancock on his music and his life. Learn more at www.lionelloueke.com.

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March 15th 2010
The Jazz Session #151: Brandon Seabrook

Posted under Banjo Players & Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist and banjo player Brandon Seabrook’s trio plays a raging blend of metal, bluegrass and improvised music on their new CD, Seabrook Power Plant (Loyal Label, 2009). In this interview, Seabrook talks about the intense rhythmic drive of the album; why he started playing the tenor banjo; and the many projects he’s been involved with as a sideman. Learn more at myspace.com/brandonseabrook.

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March 11th 2010
The Jazz Session #150: Sam Sadigursky

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Show #150! Crazy, ain’t it?

Multi-instrumentalist Sadigursky just released Words Project III: Miniatures (New Amsterdam, 2010), the third in his series of releases combining contemporary poetry with improvised and through-composed music. In this interview, Sadigursky talks about his decision to use poems as an inspiration for composition; which texts lend themselves to his work and why; and what the various vocalists on his albums bring to the music. Learn more at samsadigursky.com.

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March 8th 2010
The Jazz Session #149: Roger Kellaway

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Roger Kellaway has always refused to be labeled. His career covers jazz and classical composition and performance, as well as work in the television and film industries. Kellaway recently released the 2-CD set Live At The Jazz Standard (IPO, 2008). In this interview, Kellaway talks about playing in a piano trio without drums; working in the film industry; and his ambitious new multimedia project “Visions Of America,” featuring Clint Eastwood and Patti Austin. Learn more at www.rogerkellaway.com.

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March 5th 2010
Jazz writing: Tish Oney’s Peggy Lee Project

Posted under Jazz Writing

My latest article for the Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC, is a short profile of Tish Oney and her Peggy Lee Project.

Read the article.

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March 4th 2010
The Jazz Session #148: John Hollenbeck

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer and composer John Hollenbeck is a constant explorer of new sonic terrain. His large ensemble album Eternal Interlude (Sunnyside, 2009) is no exception. In this interview, recorded at the artists retreat Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, Hollenbeck talks about his approach to composition for large ensemble; his mid-retreat trip to the Grammy awards; and several upcoming projects. Learn more at johnhollenbeck.com.

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March 1st 2010
The Jazz Session #147: Chad Taylor

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Chad Taylor is a very busy man, playing drums with his own band and with Digital Primitives, the Chicago Underground ensembles, Nicole Mitchell and many others. Taylor’s trio recording, Circle Down (482 Music, 2009) features bassist Chris Lightcap and pianist Angelica Sanchez. In this interview, Taylor talks about the idea of collective leadership in music; the many projects he’s been involved with in recent years; and why sometimes the simplest music is the most difficult. Learn more at myspace.com/rythmicnavigation.

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