Archive for July, 2011

July 28th 2011
The Jazz Session #296: Joe Fiedler

Posted under Podcast & Trombonists

Trombonist Joe Fiedler’s new CD is Sacred Chrome Orb (Yellow Sound, 2011). In this interview, Fiedler talks about the evolution of his trio with John Hebert and Michael Sarin; his use of multiphonics; and why he needs his music to contain fun and humor. Learn more at www.joefiedler.com.

Tracks used in this episode: Occult; Next Phase; Sacred Chrome Orb; Ging Gong; Two Kooks.

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July 25th 2011
The Jazz Session #295: Ken Filiano

Posted under Bassists & Podcast

Bassist Ken Filiano’s new album is Dreams From A Clown Car (Clean Feed, 2011). In this interview, Filiano talks about remaining present and free of preconceptions; how he switched from trumpet to bass a few weeks before graduating college; and what inspires him to read and listen eclectically. Learn more at myspace.com/kenfiliano.

Tracks used in this episode: (from Dreams From A Clown Car) Silhouette; Dog Days; Beguiled; (from Subvenire) water down stone; breathingdreaming; relay; (from Dreams From A Clown Car) Shinobu; Retronym.

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July 22nd 2011
Photos & Recap: James Shipp’s Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

Posted under Live shows

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

Vibraphonist and percussionist James Shipp has been refining his trio concept for a while now, and last night’s show at Bar Next Door proved the work was worth it. Joined by Rogerio Boccato on drums and percussion and Dan Peck on tuba, Shipp played one of the most eclectic sets I’ve heard and managed to hold it all together within his broad musical vision.

James has been a guest on The Jazz Session. And, full disclosure, he’s also a member and a personal friend.

Here are some photos and tweets from last night’s show.

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“@jamesshippmusic playing beautiful tune of his, ‘Winnowing.’ Trio is vibes, tuba, drums.”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“@jamesshippmusic now playing a slip jig (Irish jig in 9) called ‘King Of The Pub.’ On vibes. With tuba and drums. In a jazz club. Huzzah!”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“@jamesshippmusic now playing ‘Come With Me’ based on a musical snippet from the first Willy Wonka film.”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“Rogerio Boccato and @jamesshippmusic playing a killing pandeiro duet”
“The pandeiro duet became a fast ‘Monk’s Dream.’ Love it.”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“Dan Peck just crushed his tuba solo on ‘Monk’s Dream.'”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“@jamesshippmusic channeling his inner Morricone with some bowed vibes on his new tune ‘Western Violence.'”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“@jamesshippmusic is really good at talking to the audience. Funny and engaging. Now playing a Finnish polska (not polka). Cuz why not?”
“And now a Brazilian ballad. This is certainly an eclectic set, yet it all hangs together well.”
“@jamesshippmusic on his move from Yonkers to Williamsburg: ‘Pretty much the same number of dog walkers and neck tattoos.’ #sarcasm”

From James Shipp's Dirty Vibraphone Trio at Bar Next Door

“@jamesshippmusic starting off the second set at Bar Next Door with a smart arrangment of Hello/Goodbye by Lennon & Mac.”
“This arrangment of ‘Hello/Goodbye’ is so 70s it’s thrilling. @jamesshippmusic #jazzlives #paulisntdead”

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July 21st 2011
The Jazz Session #294: Ches Smith

Posted under Drummers & Podcast


Drummer Ches Smith is a versatile and daring player who finds himself in a variety of musical situations as a leader and sideman. In this interview, Smith talks about solo drum playing; his many projects; and how his early years influenced his current approach to music without boundaries. Learn more at chessmith.com.

Tracks used in this episode: (from Noise To Men) Noise To Men; (from Congs For Brums) Metal Vacation; (from Finally Out Of My Hands) Anxiety Disorder; Finally Out Of My Hands; (from Noise To Men) Turn Your iPod Into A Car; (from Finally Out Of My Hands) It Rained And The Tent Fell Down; (from Noise To Men) Omar.

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July 18th 2011
The Jazz Session #293: Adam Rudolph

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Percussionist and composer Adam Rudolph’s latest album is Both/And (Meta Records, 2011). In this interview, Rudolph talks about making music that “sounds like itself”; how he uses harmonic and rhythmic challenges to find new musical directions; and the influence of mentors such as Yusef Lateef on his approach to making and thinking about music. Learn more at www.metarecords.com/adam.html.

Tracks used in this episode: Return of the Magnificent Spirits; Love’s Light; Tree Line; Blues In Orbit; Dance Drama Part 3; Dance Drama Part 4.

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July 14th 2011
The Jazz Session #292: Jay Clayton

Posted under Podcast & Vocalists

Vocalist Jay Clayton has long been known as both an accomplished singer of standards and a fearless adventurer in the world of electronics. In this interview, Clayton talks about those dual personas and how she brings them together; discusses her work with Sheila Jordan, Theo Bleckmann and others; and talks about her early days in the New York loft scene. Learn more at jayclayton.com.

Tracks used in this episode: (from In And Out Of Love) Falling In Love With Love; Freedom Jazz Dance; (from Circle Dancing) Circle Dancing; Sappho; Ditto; (from In And Out Of Love) Sunshower.

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July 13th 2011
Two new members talk about why they support The Jazz Session

Posted under Site Updates

Kyoko Kitamura, jazz musician: “I see the Jazz Session as something that might represent the future of music journalism: a versatile internet downloadable program which combines audio, the musician’s interview, great questions, great editing. I feel that it is very important to have an outlet where the music and the musicians can speak for themselves. Rather than bemoan the current state of the music industry and journalism, I find it more satisfying to support what I believe is a great format that truly works.”

Jonathan Matz, student: “I made a one-time donation of $30 in April, and here’s another $80 to make it to the $110 annual donation. As a full-time student, this is a stretch for me, but as a former WKCR DJ, I know the value of what you’re doing.”

Thanks, Jonathan and Kyoko. If you’d like to support the show, please become a member for as little as $10 a month.

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July 12th 2011
Holy canoli! The LA Times just named me one of 25 to follow on Twitter

Posted under Podcast & TJS In The News

Thank you to the LA Times’ Culture Monster column for naming me as one of 25 arts & culture people to follow on Twitter.

July 11th 2011
The Jazz Session #291: Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura

Posted under Pianists & Podcast & Trumpeters

Pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura have been making adventurous music together for years. In this interview, they talk about the influences of Japanese folk music; the need for risk and fun in music; and why they’re involved in so many diverse projects. Learn more at satokofujii.com and natsukitamura.com.

Tracks used in this episode: (from Watershed by Satoko Fujii’s Min-Yoh Ensemble) The Thaw; Whitewater; Soranbushi; (From Rafale by the band Kaze with Fujii and Tamura) Noise Chopin; (from ETO by Satoko Fujii’s Orchestra New York) Eto Suite: Rat; Eto Suite: Tiger; (From Rafale by the band Kaze with Fujii and Tamura) Marie-T; (from Watershed by Satoko Fujii’s Min-Yoh Ensemble) Estuary.

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July 9th 2011
Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN at The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

Posted under Live shows

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

I’m so happy to have been at The Jazz Gallery tonight to see Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN. She’s an incredible artist and tonight’s performance hit me hard. In fact, by the time she described her great-great-grandfather toward the end, I was in tears thinking about my own grandfather. It’s powerful music that can evoke such a strong reaction. Here are a few photos and tweets from the show.

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“@matanaroberts playing and speaking a haunting, heart-squeezing poetry at @thejazzgallery. Get here.”

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“Sometimes this music is Indiana Jones, sometimes it’s the boulder. I’m not sure how Matana is keeping it together, but she is.”

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“from vanity and lies / from mockery and snarls / from disappointed hopes / from suns gone down at noon” -poetry from @matanaroberts

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“Whole room at @thejazzgallery singing ‘Because the storm is passing over … Hallelujah’ along with Matana”

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

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July 9th 2011
Photos & Recap: Matuto at Sycamore (July 8, 2011)

Posted under Live shows

From Matuto at Sycamore – July 8, 2011

Matuto, the Brazilian/Americana band co-led by accordionist Rob Curto and guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, played tonight at Sycamore on Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn, NY. They rocked hard. How hard? The show ended with the entire band and most of the crown on the sidewalk in front of the club, dancing and singing. Sadly, my phone (and thus my camera) had died by then, but here are the photos I captured earlier in the evening.

The band has been invited to travel to Copenhagen to take part in a world music trade show. They need your help to raise the funds. Please visit their Kickstarter page to learn more.

Rob Curto was on The Jazz Session earlier this year for an interview and solo accordion performance. Listen to the interview.

My friend James Shipp sat in on several tunes tonight, playing the pandeiro. Another friend who was listening with me said “he rocked my world.” No surprise, because James is amazing. Sadly, he also suffers from having played in the post-dead-battery phase of my evening.

From Matuto at Sycamore – July 8, 2011

Gil Oliveira (left) and Clay Ross lead the band upstairs before the show to woo patrons from the upstairs bar down into the basement performance space. It worked, too.

From Matuto at Sycamore – July 8, 2011

(left to right) Rob Curto, Clay Ross, Rob Hecht

From Matuto at Sycamore – July 8, 2011

(left to right) Rob Curto, Ze Mauricio, Clay Ross, Rob Hecht

From Matuto at Sycamore – July 8, 2011

From Matuto at Sycamore – July 8, 2011

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July 7th 2011
The Jazz Session #290: Kris Davis

Posted under Pianists & Podcast


Pianist Kris Davis is part of several ensembles, including her trio with John Hebert and Tom Rainey on Good Citizen (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2010) and a trio with Ingrid Laubrock and Tyshawn Sorey on the eponymous Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed, 2010). In this interview, Davis talks about learning to leave space in the music; her studies of classical composition; and the many projects and recordings in which she’s involved. Learn more at krisdavis.net.

Tracks used in this episode: (from Paradoxical Frog) Iron Spider; Paradoxical Frog; (from Good Citizen) Good Citizen; Where Does That Tunnel Go; Desert Prayers; (from Paradoxical Frog) Feldman.

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July 4th 2011
The Jazz Session #289: Jim Snidero

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Jim Snidero’s new CD is Interface (Savant, 2011). In this interview, Snidero talks about the use of acoustic guitar on this record; his concept of “warm jazz”; and what makes music appealing to him both intellectually and emotionally. Learn more at jimsnidero.com.

Tracks used in this episode: Interface; Fallout; Silhouette; Viper; One By One; Expectations.

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July 1st 2011
The Jazz Session #288: Jane Bunnett and Hilario Duran

Posted under Pianists & Podcast & Saxophonists

Cuban Rhapsody (Alma Records, 2011) is a duet CD by saxophonist and flautist Jane Bunnett and pianist Hilario Duran. In this interview, Bunnett and Duran talk about the joys and challenges of duet playing; the deep history of the album’s repertoire; and the idea of music without boundaries. Learn more at www.janebunnett.com and www.hilarioduran.com.

Tracks used in this episode: Lagrimas Negras; Almendra; Sherezad; Contradanzas; Longina; Son de la Loma.

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