Archive for October, 2010

October 28th 2010
The Jazz Session #212: Sara Serpa

Posted under Podcast & Vocalists

Vocalist Sara Serpa teams with her former teacher, pianist Ran Blake, on Camera Obscura (Inner Circle Music, 2010). In this interview, Serpa (who is Portuguese) talks about interpreting English lyrics; the high-wire act of singing with Ran Blake’s unique accompaniment; and the story of her journey from Lisbon to Boston to New York. Learn more at

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October 25th 2010
The Jazz Session #211: Tomas Fujiwara

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Tomas Fujiwara has assembled some of the most in-demand improvisers on the creative music scene today for his debut album, Actionspeak (482 Music). In this interview, Fujiwara talks about how he met the members of his band, The Hook Up; his first experience as a band leader in a recording session; and his early years in Boston and how he ended up studying with drummer Alan Dawson. Learn more at

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October 21st 2010
The Jazz Session #210: Mario Pavone

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Mario Pavone is looking back on his life in music with his new album, arc suite t/pi t/po (Playscape Recordings, 2010). In this interview, Pavone talks about the changing role of rhythm sections in modern improvised music; his work in the visual arts, particularly painting and photography; and his “upside-down” approach to arranging. Learn more at


October 18th 2010
The Jazz Session #209: Danilo Perez

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Several years ago, Danilo Perez became a father. On his new album, Providencia (Mack Avenue, 2010), Perez explores the lives of his daughters and commits himself, musically and socially, to leaving them a better world. In this interview, Perez talks about fatherhood; the diverse array of musicians in his band; and the many musical and other projects he’s involved with in Panama and at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Learn more at

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October 14th 2010
The Jazz Session #208: Blue Cranes

Posted under Bands & Podcast

Portland, Oregon-based band Blue Cranes have a new record called Observatories that continues their exploration of a wide variety of musical styles. In this interview, two members of Blue Crane discuss the band’s origin; its expansion from a quartet to a quintet; the use of the studio as an instrument; and their fan-funded upcoming national tour by train. Learn more at

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October 11th 2010
The Jazz Session #207: Don Sebesky (CTI Records)

Posted under Composers & Pianists & Podcast

Grammy and Tony award winner Don Sebesky wrote and arranged music for many of the classic CTI recordings. You can hear his work on a new boxed set, CTI: The Cool Revolution (Sony Masterworks, 2010). In this interview, Sebesky talks about how CTI got started and how it developed its signature sound; his experience working with Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Paul Desmond, Grover Washington, Jr. and many others; and why he still considers his time at CTI one of the best periods of his musical career. Learn more at

CONTEST: Listen to the show to learn how to win a copy of the boxed set!

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October 7th 2010
The Jazz Session #206: Jon Irabagon

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon continues his exploration of extended improvisation on Foxy (Hot Cup, 2010). In this interview, Irabagon talks about his study of the tenor saxophone lineage; the physical and mental challenges of the continuous 87-minute improvisation on this album; and why he felt Barry Altschul was the perfect drummer for this project. Learn more at

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October 4th 2010
The Jazz Session #205: Stephen Haynes

Posted under Cornetists & Podcast & Trumpeters

Trumpeter Stephen Haynes is joined by Warren Smith and Joe Morris on his new trio CD Parrhesia (Engine, 2010). In this interview, Haynes talks about “relational” arranging; how the album captured a special day in the recording studio; and why he tries to focus on making music in his local area. Learn more at


October 2nd 2010
Photos: Yosvany Terry at The Jazz Gallery

Posted under Jazz News

I went with my sister to see Yosvany Terry’s band at The Jazz Gallery in Manhattan tonight. We both loved it. Here are the photos I took:

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