Archive for March, 2011

March 31st 2011
The Jazz Session #253: Brian Lynch

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Brian Lynch celebrates some of his fellow trumpeters whom he feels deserve more notice on Unsung Heroes (Hollistic MusicWorks, 2010). In this interview, Lynch talks about his very real connection to the generations before him; why he feels a grounding in the tradition of jazz is important; and the idea that “bebop is the music of the future.” Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Terra Firma Irma; I Could Never Forget You; Further Arrivals; Saturday Afternoon At Four; Wetu.

NOTE: In addition to the CD, there are two extra volumes of Unsung Heroes available for download. Visit Brian’s web site for more information.

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March 28th 2011
The Jazz Session #252: Nico Soffiato

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Nico Soffiato’s new album is Just Add Water (nBn Records, 2011). In this interview, Soffiato talks about his decision to become a guitarist rather than a philosopher; his thoughts on improvisation and structure in his music; and why he enjoys playing with new people. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Alexander; Tens Of Us; Just Add Water; Fanfare; View Askew; Oh, What A Beautiful Morning.

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March 24th 2011
The Jazz Session #251: Ben Allison

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Ben Allison delivers an original and exciting take on tunes by everyone from Samuel Barber to Neil Young to Thelonious Monk on his new CD, Action-Refraction (Palmetto, 2011). In this interview, Allison talks about an iPhone app that changed the sound palette on his new record; two musicians who’ve joined him for the first time on this CD; and how he deals with the lyrical content of these songs in his instrumental arrangements. Ben’s workshop series continues every Tuesday night at Kush, 191 Chrystie St, NYC. Learn more at

NOTE: This episode contains an advanced preview of the new CD, which will be in stores on April 12, 2011.

Tracks used in this episode: Jackie-ing; Missed; St. Ita’s Vision; Philadelphia; We’ve Only Just Begun; Broken.


March 21st 2011
The Jazz Session #250: Fred Hersch

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Fred Hersch is back with another solo piano recording, Alone At The Vanguard (Palmetto, 2011). In this interview, Hersch talks about finding the interior resources to play an entire week of solo piano at one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs; his new multimedia piece “My Coma Dreams” and the near-death saga that led to it; and why he feels he has a purpose to his life. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; Down Home; Echoes; Doce de Coco.

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March 17th 2011
One million downloads!

Posted under Jazz News & Site Updates

Wow. Just … wow. Within the last few minutes, The Jazz Session hit one million downloads.

I’m just blown away. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And if you’d like to keep the show going for another million downloads, please become a member.


March 17th 2011
The Jazz Session #249: Rob Curto

Posted under Accordionists & Podcast

Accordion player Rob Curto takes us on a tour of Brazilian choro music. In this interview, Curto explains the origins of choro and demonstrates its rhythms; talks about his own introduction to the accordion and to the music of Brazil; and plays several choro tunes in performances available only in this episode. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Biruta, Seu Ze E Os Pifs, 03 – Uma, Duas, Tres….Xote!; Estrada do Sol. Plus several live solo performances recorded during the interview.

PERFORMANCE TONIGHT! If you’re in New York tonight (March 17, 2011), Rob and his band Matuto, which he co-leads with guitarist Clay Ross, will be at Joe’s Pub.

BONUS TRACK! If you’d like to know more about the accordion and how it works, here’s a bonus segment with Rob in which he describes and demonstrates the instrument. Download the mp3.

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March 14th 2011
The Jazz Session #248: Alexis Cuadrado

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Alexis Cuadrado has just released an ambitious nonet album, Noneto Iberico (bjurecords, 2011), inspired by the flamenco music of his native Spain. In this interview, Cuadrado talks about the genesis of the record; how having kids changed his focus as a musician; and how the Brooklyn Jazz Underground fosters creative music. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Very Well; Tocar Y Parar; Te Sigo; Solo El Sol Sale Siempre Solo; Los Panchitos.


March 10th 2011
The Jazz Session #247: Sarah Manning

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Sarah Manning brings her personal approach to the sound of the saxophone to her newest recording, Dandelion Clock (Posi-Tone, 2010). In this interview, Manning talks about how she focuses on sound in her playing; the way she assembled her band; and why she’s happy she took risks on this record. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: The Peacocks; Marble; The Owls (Are On The March); Through The Keyhole; Habersham Street; Dandelion Clock; Windmills Of Your Mind.

NOTE:: I wrote a poem based on something Sarah said in this interview. Read “Whale Song.”


March 7th 2011
The Jazz Session #246: Scott McLemore

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Scott McLemore and the ASA Trio just released a new album of the music of Thelonious Monk, a follow-up to last year’s daring take on Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. In this interview, McLemore tells the story of how he ended up playing jazz in Iceland; talks about the ASA Trio’s chemistry and origins; and explains how the band came to play the music of Monk and Coltrane. Learn more at

Tracks used in this interview: Bemsha Swing; San Francisco Holiday; Ask Me Now; Acknowledgment (from ASA Trio’s version of A Love Supreme); Raise Four; Straight, No Chaser.

NOTE:: Scott McLemore is part of a poem I wrote last year. If you’d like to read it, here ’tis.

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March 3rd 2011
The Jazz Session #245: Anthony Brown

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra uses instruments from around the world to put a unique spin on two Coltrane classics on their new album, India & Africa (Water Baby Records, 2010). In this interview, Brown gives an overview of the Asian-American jazz movement and its origins in Bay-area protests; discusses the challenges and opportunities of using non-Western instruments in a jazz setting; and talks about what inspired him to focus on John Coltrane’s music for this album. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Living Space; India; Percussion Discussion; Africa; Ole; Dahomey Dance.

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