The Jazz Session #385: Pete Zimmer

Drummer Pete Zimmer’s new album is Prime Of Life (Tippin’ Records, 2012). It features George Garzone on saxophone, Peter Bernstein on guitar and Peter Slavov on bass. In this interview, Zimmer talks about swing — what it means to him and how he approaches playing it; the primacy of sound in his selection of bandmates and in his own playing; and the differences between being a leader and a sideman. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @PeteZimmer.

NOTE:: This is Pete’s second time on the show. He was originally on episode #10 (!) way back in 2007. Listen to his first appearance.

The Jazz Session #384: Brian Settles

Washington, D.C. saxophonist Brian Settles’ most recent album is Secret Handshake (Engine Records, 2011). In this interview, recorded in Maryland, Settles talks about his decision to take a break from the jazz scene years ago to work on his craft; why he relocated from New York back to his native Washington; his working band; and what he hopes for the future of his music. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter on @briansettles.

The Jazz Session #383: Janel and Anthony

Janel and Anthony’s new album is Where Is Home (Cuneiform, 2012). In this interview, cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog talk about how they found each other and realized they should start a band; the sonic landscapes they create live and in the studio; and how they move past just the sound of a guitar and a cello. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @janelandanthony.

The Jazz Session #382: Jeff Cosgrove

Drummer Jeff Cosgrove’s debut album, featuring his band Motian Sickness, is For The Love Of Sarah (Grizzley Music, 2011). In this interview, recorded in Shepherdstown, WV, on the “Jazz Or Bust” Tour, Cosgrove talks about making a life in music when you’re not in a major metropolitan area; how he decided on the bluegrass sound that characterizes Motian Sickness; his relationship with Paul Motian; and how he uses grants to bring major artists to Shepherdstown. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @MotianSickness.

The Jazz Session #381: Harris Eisenstadt

Harris Eisenstadt’s two new records are Canada Day III (Songlines, 2012) and Canada Day Octet (482 Music, 2012). In this interview, Eisenstadt talks about expanding existing quintet music to octet form; the evolution of the Canada Day band and what its longevity allows him to do as a composer; and the life of a touring musician. Learn more at and follow him on Twittter at @HEisenstadt.

Concert Note: Eisenstadt has two CD release parties this weekend in NYC. The Canada Day III release event is on June 16, 2012, at Cornelia Street Cafe. The Canada Day Octet event is on June 17 at the Red Hook Jazz Festival.

Note: This is Eisenstadt’s second appearance on The Jazz Session. Listen to our 2010 conversation.