Archive for July, 2012

July 30th 2012
The Jazz Session #391: Doug Richards

Posted under Composers & Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast

Doug Richards is a professor of music at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also founded the school’s jazz program in 1980, one year after he started teaching there. Richards’ former students include Steve Wilson, James Genus, Nate Smith, Clarence Penn, Mark Shim, Alvester Garnett, Scott Clark and Darius Jones. In this interview, Richards talks about discovering his love for composing and arranging; how he started the VCU jazz program at a time when very few such programs existed anywhere; his successful professional big band, the Great American Music Ensemble; and playing more than just the notes and rhythms. Learn more at www.vcu.edu/arts/music/dept/faculty/richards.html.

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July 19th 2012
The Jazz Session #390: Scott Clark

Posted under Drummers & Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast

Drummer Scott Clark’s latest recording is A+B (2012) with the Scott Clark 4tet. In this interview, Clark talks about the robust music scene in Richmond, VA; how the book Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee is shaping his current composing; the makeup of the 4tet and its roots in the music of Ornette Coleman; and why he chooses to stay in Richmond rather than moving to a bigger city. Learn more at scottwclark.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at @sclarkrva.

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July 16th 2012
The Jazz Session #389: Jerome Sabbagh

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh’s latest recording is Plugged In (Bee Jazz, 2012). In this interview, Sabbagh talks about making an electric record; why he chose to work with keyboardist and composer Jozef Dumoulin, who wrote half the tracks on the album; his first time at the Village Vanguard playing with Paul Motian; and why he still thinks making an album means something more than putting a bunch of tunes together. Learn more at jeromesabbagh.com and follow him on Twitter at @JeromeSabbagh.

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July 9th 2012
The Jazz Session #388: Brad Linde

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Brad Linde is making a life for himself on the Washington, DC, jazz scene. In this interview, he talks about bringing jazz artists to DC to play at the Atlas performance space; the history of the Tristano school and why he gravitates toward it; the nature of the scene in DC; and his various ensembles and work as both an educator and player. Learn more at bradlinde.com and follow him on Twitter at @bradlinde.

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July 5th 2012
The Jazz Session #387: Scott Burton (of Glows In The Dark)

Posted under Bands & Guitarists & Podcast

Beach Of The War Gods (Glowing Realm Digital, 2011) is the latest CD from guitarist Scott Burton and his band Glows In The Dark. In this interview, Burton talks about his love of film and how it led to the source music for the album; the fertile music scene in Richmond, Virginia; and the way in which Anthony Braxton inspired the structure of Glows In The Dark. Learn more at glowsinthedark.wordpress.com. Follow Burton on Twitter at @scotttburton and follow the band at @glowsinthedark.

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July 3rd 2012
The Jazz Session #386: Brandon Wright

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Brandon Wright’s new CD is Journeyman (Posi-Tone, 2012). In this interview, Wright talks about what he learned from playing with Chuck Mangione, Doc Severinsen and Fred Wesley; why he’s chosen to arrange tunes by Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Oasis; and how improv comedy classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York have made him a better jazz musician. Learn more at wrightjazz.com.

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