Archive for April, 2011

April 28th 2011
The Jazz Session #261: Jon Gordon

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Jon Gordon’s most recent CD is Evolution (ArtistShare). In this interview, Gordon talks about adapting to a variety of musical situations; the importance of an artistic conception; and the composing and arranging work that led to his nonet project. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Evolution; Shane; Currents; excerpt from Bartok’s Sonata for Solo Violin, 3rd mvmt, Melodia-Adagio; Bloom; Individuation.

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April 25th 2011
The Jazz Session #260: Adam Cruz

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Adam Cruz has released his first CD as a leader, Milestone (Sunnyside, 2011), featuring his own compositions. In this interview, Cruz talks about finding his own voice as a composer; the challenges associated with leading a band; and the impact of his father on his life as a musician. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Secret Life; Emje; Crepuscular; The Gadfly; Bird of Paradise.

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April 21st 2011
The Jazz Session #259: Matthew Shipp & Darius Jones

Posted under Pianists & Podcast & Saxophonists

Pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist Darius Jones have a new duo CD called Cosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity, 2011). In this wide-ranging interview, Shipp and Jones discuss intergenerational collaboration; the “x factor” that caused Shipp to ask Jones to work together; and how Jones views Shipp’s musical language and career. Learn more at and

Tracks used in this episode: Bleed; Ultima Thule; Zillo Valla; Multiverse; Mandrakk; Ged-Jedollah.

CONCERT NOTE: Matthew Shipp and Darius Jones are playing two sets at Jazz Standard in NYC on April 27.

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April 18th 2011
The Jazz Session #258: Noah Preminger

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Noah Preminger’s new CD is Before The Rain (Palmetto, 2011). In this interview, Preminger talks about his musical upbringing; why he spend a lot of time planning the order of the songs in a performance; and the important of being respectful. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Where or When; Quickening; Before The Rain; Abreaction; Until The Real Thing Comes Along; Jamie.

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April 14th 2011
The Jazz Session #257: Adam Rogers

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Adam Rogers’ most recent album is Sight (Criss Cross, 2009). In this interview, Rogers talks about the band he put together for his recent run at the Village Vanguard; why he enjoys using a broad range of guitar sounds — and guitars; and how he melds the music he writes with the need for improvisational space. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Sight; Kaleidoscope; Yesterdays; Memory’s Translucence; Let’s Cool One.

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April 11th 2011
The Jazz Session #256: Fay Victor

Posted under Podcast & Vocalists

Vocalist Fay Victor explores her Trinidadian roots in the company of Other Dimensions In Music on Kaiso Stories (Silkheart, 2011). In this interview, Victor talks about the chance meeting that led to the new CD; how she melded the calypso music of Trinidad with the experimental jazz she’s known for; and the many projects with which she’s currently involved. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Maryanne; John Gilman Wants Tobacco; Three Friends’ Advice; Nora; Saltfish; We Is We.

NOTE: Fay is performing tonight (April 11, 2011) at 7 p.m. with Dominic Lash at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, NYC, as part of the Evolving Music Series. Please note that this is a new location for the series. Also on the bill: Theo Bleckmann & Jay Clayton (8 p.m.); Charles Gayle’s Forgiveness (9 p.m.); Arts for Artestra (10 p.m.).


April 7th 2011
The Jazz Session #255: Marc Miralta

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Marc Miralta’s most recent CD is Dreams (Fresh Sound, 2007). In this interview, recorded while Miralta was in New York to play with Alexis Cuadrado, Miralta talks about his lifelong love of jazz; how he became known for his flamenco/jazz hybrid music; and why a life as an artist was a natural choice in his family. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Dreams; Way Out Willy; Cami del Bosc; Epistrophy and Segment (both from the New York Flamenco Reunion album); Eastern.

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April 4th 2011
The Jazz Session #254: Bruce Barth

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Bruce Barth’s latest record is Live At Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011) with Vicente Archer and Rudy Royston. In this interview, Barth talks about the equal partnership and openness he looks for in his bandmates; what he learned from his early work with Stanley Turrentine and Terence Blanchard; and the difficulties of studying at a jazz school in a place where there isn’t a jazz scene. Learn more at

Tracks used in this episode: Oh Yes I Will; Sunday; Yama; Almost Blues; Peaceful Place; Looking Up.

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