Archive for September, 2012

September 27th 2012
The Jazz Session #408: David Ryshpan

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & Pianists & Podcast

In this interview, Montreal pianist David Ryshpan talks about the scene in his adopted hometown; finding musical inspiration in Latin American poetry; how he came to love Brazilian piano trio music and formed his own Trio Bruxo; and the work of the Kalmunity collective. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @ryshpanmusic.

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September 24th 2012
The Jazz Session #407: Anat Cohen

Posted under Clarinetists & Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen’s new CD is Claroscuro (Anzic Records, 2012). In this interview, Cohen talks about letting songs be songs; acknowledging the crowd; working with Wycliffe Gordon; busking in New York City; how she chooses between clarinet and saxophone on a particular tune; and her love of the “relaxing chaos” of Brazil. Learn more at and follow her on Twitter at @Anat_Cohen.

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September 20th 2012
The Jazz Session #406: Nadje Noordhuis

Posted under Podcast & Trumpeters

Trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis’s eponymous debut will be available on Oct. 9, 2012. In this interview, Noordhuis talks about the stories behind her compositions; how a “fight” with a piano kept her away from that instrument for a decade and how she found her way back; working with Darcy James Argue and others; and the moment in the studio when the tape first started rolling. Learn more at and follow her on Twitter at @nadje.

NOTE: Nadje is playing a CD pre-release show tonight (9/20/12) at the Jazz Gallery in NYC. Sets are at 9 and 10:30. Details here.


September 19th 2012
The Jazz Session: A Special Announcement

Posted under Podcast & Site Updates

You can listen to the announcement (in slightly expanded form) using the player above, or read the text below:

I’ve decided to end The Jazz Session.

After five years, more than 400 episodes, and more than two million downloads, I just can’t make the show work financially. To keep it alive (and by extension, to keep myself going), I’d need to run a massive fundraising campaign immediately, and probably annually. I don’t know if that’s possible for The Jazz Session. I think it might be possible for a show with a broader format, which I’m considering.

I can’t thank each of you enough for your support of The Jazz Session. You’ve come through every time I’ve needed you, from the 100 x 300 Campaign to the Jazz Or Bust Tour. Moreover, your emails have kept me energized and have let me know that real people out there in the real world value this show. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’m extremely proud of The Jazz Session and the archive it represents. I hope that when scholars of this music look back at the 2007-12 period, the 400+ episodes of my show — the show you helped me build — will prove to be a valuable resource. I hope at some point to associate this archive with a university so the episodes will be properly indexed.

The Jazz Session will run until show #417 on October 29, 2012. I’d like to ask you a favor — would you all please wait to cancel your memberships until that date? That would be a great help to me financially. I’ll send a note when the show ends reminding you to cancel. Unfortunately, this is something you have to do yourself. I can’t cancel them for you.

I’m going to spend some time in Auburn, Alabama, figuring out my next steps. One next step may involve living at a Zen center for a while. I could use it. These last few months have been a real challenge. I’d also like to work on a book recounting the tour and the circumstances leading up to it. I just don’t have an ending yet.

Once again, thank you so much for supporting me and the work I’ve done on The Jazz Session. You made it all worthwhile.

Much love,



September 17th 2012

Posted under Site Updates

Tonight, The Jazz Session passed two million downloads. Wonderful. Thank you all!

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September 17th 2012
The Jazz Session #405: John Geggie

Posted under Bassists & Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast

Ottawa bassist John Geggie’s two most recent recordings are Geggie Project and Across The Sky, both released in 2010. In this interview, recorded in Ottawa on the Jazz Or Bust Tour, Geggie talks about the impact of radio on his early jazz education; exploring the role of the bass; the functions and limitations of institutions in teaching jazz; and his approach to composition. Learn more at

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September 13th 2012
The Jazz Session #404: Martin Krusche

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & New Orleans & Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Martin Krusche’s most recent album with his band Magnetic Ear is Aliens Of Extraordinary Ability. In this interview, recorded in New Orleans during the Jazz Or Bust Tour, Krusche talks about how he decided on the way home from his first visit that he was going to move to New Orleans; the difference between being an artist in New York and in New Orleans; the creation of his pocket brass band, Magnetic Ear; his work as a saxophone repair technician; and the post-Katrina Habitat For Humanity home in which he now lives. Learn more at and

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September 10th 2012
The Jazz Session #403: Sonny Rollins

Posted under Detroit Jazz Fest & Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast & Saxophonists

Sonny Rollins’ most recent album is Road Shows Vol. 2 (Doxy Records, 2011). In this interview, recorded at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, Rollins talks about his love for Fats Waller; the world of politics and his place in it; and his feeling that a life in music was always his destiny. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @SonnyRollins.

NOTE: This is Sonny’s third time on The Jazz Session. He was previously on the show in 2008 and 2010.

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September 6th 2012
The Jazz Session #402: The Gnu’s Room

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast

The Gnu’s Room is a bookstore, coffee shop and community center in Auburn, Alabama. In this interview, conducted on the Jazz Or Bust Tour, owner Tina Tatum talks about the incredible community support that kept the Gnu’s Room open; the expanding mission of the store; and why Tina chose to stay in Auburn and create her own scene. This episode really has nothing to do with jazz, but it’s inspiring all the same. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @thegnusroom.

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September 3rd 2012
The Jazz Session #401: Matthew Kaminski

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & Organists & Podcast

Matthew Kaminski is a jazz organist with an interesting day job — he plays the organ for the Atlanta Braves. Kaminski’s debut album is Taking My Time (Chicken Coup Records, 2010). In this interview, recorded in the press box at Turner Field, Kaminski talks about the fun and fascinating world of playing organ for the Braves; the family of jazz organists; how he got his start playing organ and who turned him on to jazz. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @bravesorganist.

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