Archive for November, 2011

November 24th 2011
The Jazz Session #327: Amir ElSaffar

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s new CD is Inana (Pi Recordings, 2011). In this interview, ElSaffar explains maqam music and his decision to spend five years studying it in depth; how he plays microtonal music on a standard Bb trumpet; and his particular combination of traditional Arabic music with jazz. Learn more at amirelsaffar.com and follow him on Twitter at @amirelsaffar.

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November 21st 2011
The Jazz Session #326: Mike Baggetta

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

Guitarist Mike Baggetta’s new CD is Source Materials. In this interview, Baggetta talks about his compositional process and how he writes for specific ensembles; his experiments with prepared guitar in both solo and duet formats; and how he approaches playing standards. Learn more at mikebaggetta.com and follow him on Twitter at @mabnotes.

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November 18th 2011
The Jazz Session #325: Joan Stiles

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Joan Stiles’ new CD is Three Musicians, featuring Joel Frahm and Matt Wilson. In this interview, Stiles talks about playing without a bassist; how visual art and music come together in her life; and her collage-based approach to playing standards. Learn more at joanstilesmusic.com.

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November 16th 2011
The Jazz Session #324: Tim Hagans

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Trumpeter Tim Hagans’ new CD is The Moon Is Waiting (Palmetto Records, 2011). In this interview, Hagans talks about his special relationship with his drummer of choice; how he worked with a choreographer to write some of the music on the new album; and how he’s evolved over the years as a composer for large and small ensembles. Learn more at timhagans.com.

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November 14th 2011
The Jazz Session #323: Andrea Wolper

Posted under Podcast & Vocalists

Vocalist Andrea Wolper’s new CD is Parallel Lives (Jazzed Media, 2011). In this interview, Wolper talks about her unfettered and very personal approach to song choice and performance; how poetry influences her work; and her parallel life as an activist for social justice. Learn more at andreawolper.com and follow her on Twitter at @AndreaWolper.

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November 7th 2011
The Jazz Session #322: Matt Mitchell

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Matt Mitchell has been making a name for himself in the bands of Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck and Darius Jones, among others. In this interview, Mitchell talks about finding his place in the bands of composers with strong visions; how a set of self-penned practice pieces became duet performance vehicles; and why he may finally be ready to record his first album. Learn more at mattmitchell.us and follow him on Twitter at @mattmitchellus.

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November 4th 2011
The Jazz Session #321: Nicholas Payton

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s new CD is Bitches (In+Out Records, 2011). In this interview, Payton talks about his outspoken presence on social media; why he thinks it’s important to bring groove and sensuality back to jazz; and how his New Orleans roots have shaped the way he approaches music and performance. Learn more at nicholaspayton.com and follow him on Twitter at @paynic.

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