Archive for November, 2010

November 29th 2010
The Jazz Session #220: Rudresh Mahanthappa

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa teams up with fellow saxophonist Bunky Green for Apex (Pi Recordings, 2010), an album of original compositions featuring Jason Moran, Francois Moutin, Jack DeJohnette and Damion Reed. In this interview, Mahanthappa talks about his first exposure to Bunky Green’s playing; why this all-star cast feels like a working band; and the thought process behind the compositions on the album. Learn more at

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November 26th 2010

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

The Jazz Session just passed 800,000 downloads! Huzzah!

If you’d like the show to be around long enough for 800,000 more downloads, please become a member. And thanks to all of you for listening and for supporting the show.

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November 22nd 2010
Audio poem featuring Eric Hofbauer and Garrison Fewell

Posted under Podcast & Poetry

I posted a poem today at my poetry blog that features the music of TJS guests Eric Hofbauer and Garrison Fewell. You’ll find it here:


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November 22nd 2010
The Jazz Session #219: Either/Orchestra’s Russ Gershon

Posted under Bands & Podcast & Saxophonists

The Either/Orchestra is celebrating 25 years of making music with their new CD, Mood Music For Time Travellers (Accurate Records, 2010). In this interview, founder and leader Russ Gershon talks about how the band got started; how it has survived for 25 years; and the music on the new album, which returns to the “classic” E/O sound after several years working with Ethiopian musicians. Learn more at

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November 18th 2010
The Jazz Session #218: Tanglewood Jazz Festival Sampler

Posted under Bands & Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival & Violinists & Vocalists

A collection of short interviews recorded at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, MA. Featuring Regina Carter, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Nnenna Freelon and more. Learn more at

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November 15th 2010
The Jazz Session #217: Matt Jorgensen

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Matt Jorgensen pays tribute to his father-in-law, artist Dale Chisman, on his new CD, Tattooed By Passion (Origin Records, 2010). In this interview, Jorgensen talks about Chisman’s art and the genesis of this album; how Chisman’s approach to painting mirrors Jorgensen’s approach to composing; and how Jorgensen and Thomas Marriott worked together to write several of the tunes on the album. Learn more at

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November 14th 2010
The Jazz Session’s “100 By 300” campaign

Posted under Jazz News & Podcast & Site Updates

The Jazz Session is launching a new membership campaign — “100 By 300” — with the goal of reaching 100 members by the 300th show. For the cost of a couple cups of (admittedly expensive) coffee each month, you can keep The Jazz Session going for years to come. Visit the Join page and become a member for as little as $10 a month or $110 a year. Thank you for your support! And thanks especially to the people who have already joined.

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November 11th 2010
The Jazz Session #216: David S. Ware

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

David S. Ware’s new album is Onecept (Aum Fidelity, 2010). In this interview, he talks about the decision to make a completely improvised trio recording; and the ideas of yoga and philosophy that underlie his music. Learn more at

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November 8th 2010
The Jazz Session #215: William Parker

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist William Parker is one of the most prolific players on the jazz scene today. His two most recent albums are I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield (Aum Fidelity, 2010) and Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (Aum Fidelity, 2010). In this interview, Parker talks about the origin of both projects; what he means by “inside songs”; and his unique take on the organ quartet. Learn more at

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November 4th 2010
The Jazz Session #214: Garrison Fewell

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra returns with Sound Particle 47 (Creative Nation Music, 2010). In this interview, Fewell talks about the expanded band; his move from mainstream jazz to the experimental side; and his relationship with composer John Tchicai. Learn more at

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November 1st 2010
The Jazz Session #213: James Falzone

Posted under Clarinetists & Podcast

Clarinetist James Falzone combines his love of Arabic classical music with an acknowledgement of the current East-West cultural divide on Lamentations (Allos Documents, 2010). In this interview, Falzone talks about his interest in Arabic music; how making beauty is a form of protest; and the blend of composition and improvisation on this album. Learn more at

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