Archive for May, 2010

May 31st 2010
The Jazz Session #173: Gary Fukushima (Los Angeles Jazz Collective)

Posted under Organizations & Pianists & Podcast

A few years ago, several jazz musicians in Los Angeles decided to pool their resources to create a better environment for jazz in LA. Thus was born the Los Angeles Jazz Collective. In this interview, LAJC founding member Gary Fukushima discusses the early days of the collective; how it is run and the types of programs it puts on; and why the LAJC’s founding members decided such an organization was necessary. Learn more at www.lajazzcollective.com.

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May 28th 2010
A poem for Art Pepper

Posted under Poetry & Saxophonists

Art Pepper is my favorite alto saxophonist and one of my favorite musicians, period. I wrote this while listening to Stuttgart May 25, 1981 – Unreleased Art Vol. V. Art’s wife, Laurie, has been on The Jazz Session twice. If you’d like to learn more about Art, please listen to her appearances in 2007 and 2009.

Photo (c) Laurie Pepper

Read “The Truth About Art Pepper”

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May 27th 2010
The Jazz Session #172: Spike Wilner of Small’s Jazz Club

Posted under Clubs & Podcast

Spike Wilner is a jazz pianist and also one of the owners of Small’s Jazz Club in New York City. In this interview, Wilner talks about the often colorful history of the club; it’s philosophy of musical intimacy; and how it has become “a hang” for jazz musicians. Learn more at smallsjazzclub.com.

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May 25th 2010
A poem for Sun ra

Posted under Jazz Writing & Poetry

A poem dedicated to the jazz musician Sun Ra.

to swing you in the arms of the stars

Enjoy!

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May 24th 2010
The Jazz Session #171: Seth Abramson of Jazz Standard

Posted under Clubs & Podcast

Seth Abramson is a musician and longtime music promoter who books Jazz Standard, one of the premier jazz clubs in New York. In this interview, Abramsom talks about the musical philosophy of the Starndard; how he decides who to book when; and how the Standard got its start. Learn more at www.jazzstandard.net.

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May 20th 2010
The Jazz Session #170: Sam Newsome

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Sam Newsome made a decision nearly 15 years ago to switch exclusively to the soprano saxophone. His most recent album, Blue Soliloquy (self-produced, 2009) is a solo exploration of that instrument. In this interview, Newsome talks about his pattern of intensive periods of study; the musical goals he had for the new record; and also about other projects with which he’s involved, including a dance performance and a collaboration with a Romanian pianist. Learn more at www.samnewsome.com.

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May 18th 2010
A poem in tribute to Hank Jones

Posted under Jazz Writing & Pianists

I wasn’t going to write anything about Hank Jones. Then I saw an article in the New York Times that changed my mind. The article and the resulting poem are at jasoncrane.org.

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May 17th 2010
The Jazz Session #169: Peter Erskine

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Peter Erskine has done it all: Stan Kenton, Weather Report, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis band and many, many others. Most recently, he’s appeared on two albums, The Trio Live At Charlie O’s (Fuzzy Music, 2010) and The Avatar Sessions (Fuzzy Music, 2010). In this interview, Erskine talks about the differences between playing drums in a big band and trio; the unexpected success of the recording at Charlie O’s; and some of the upcoming projects with which he’s involved. Learn more at www.petererskine.com and www.fuzzymusic.com.

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May 13th 2010
The Jazz Session #168: Dana Hall

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Dana Hall has made a name for himself in the bands of Terell Stafford, Malachi Thompson, Bobby Broom and many others. Now he’s taking the lead with his debut recording, Into The Light (Origin, 2009). In this interview, Hall talks about the recording of the new album; the idea of “pacing” a recording session; and how he chose a career as a drummer after he’d already established himself as a aerospace engineer. Learn more at danahallmusic.com.

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May 10th 2010
The Jazz Session #167: Paul Pines

Posted under Podcast & Writers

Paul Pines is a poet with roots deep in the jazz world. In the 1970s, he opened and ran the Tin Palace, a bar in the Bowery where he booked many of the great jazz names of the day and others who would get some of their earliest gigs at the Palace. Pines has published several books of poetry and fiction, including the recent Last Call At The Tin Palace (Marsh Hawk Press, 2009). In this interview, recorded after a reading by Pines in Albany, NY, Pines talks about the early days of the Tin Palace; his working-class approach to running a jazz club; and some of the artists who graced the Palace’s stage. Pines also reads from his new book and gives a preview of the year’s Lake George Jazz Weekend, which he’s run for nearly three decades. Learn more at paulpines.com.

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May 6th 2010
The Jazz Session #166: Nels Cline

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Nels Cline may be best known these days for his work with Wilco, but he’d already established himself as an inventive guitarist and composer long before teaming up with the band. On his new CD, Initiate (Cryptogramophone, 2010), the Nels Cline Singers trio explores a variety of rhythmic and harmonic concepts from their very original viewpoint. In this interview, Cline talks about the all-inclusive concept behind his current trio; his concerns years ago about playing in the trio format; and the previous jazz masters whose styles of leadership in the studio and on the bandstand he most tries to emulate. Learn more at www.nelscline.com.

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May 3rd 2010
The Jazz Session #165: Torben Waldorff

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Torben Waldorff’s new CD is called American Rock Beauty (ArtistShare, 2010). On it, Waldorff explores improvisation that is deeply rooted in the American and British rock music he grew up with as a kid. In this interview, Waldorff talks about how he chose the title of the new record; the band and how they all met; and the way in which music served as a sanctuary for him during a turbulent childhood. Learn more at www.waldorff.com.

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