Archive for October, 2012

October 29th 2012
The Jazz Session #417: Geoffrey Keezer & Donny McCaslin

Posted under Detroit Jazz Fest & Pianists & Podcast & Saxophonists

This is the final episode of The Jazz Session. It’s a conversation with pianist Geoffrey Keezer and saxophonist Donny McCaslin, recorded at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival. In this interview, Keezer and McCaslin talk about duo playing; their new recordings; Wayne Shorter and Art Blakey; adjusting for different kinds of live performances; and, improbably, Rush. Learn more at geoffreykeezer.com and donnymccaslin.com and follow them on Twitter at @88keezer and @dmccee.

Thank you to everyone who made the last five years possible.

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October 25th 2012
The Jazz Session #416: Natalie Cressman

Posted under Podcast & Trombonists & Vocalists

Trombonist and vocalist Natalie Cressman’s debut album with her band Secret Garden is called Unfolding (2012). In this interview (the final interview conducted for The Jazz Session) Cressman talks about her parents and their influence on her music; why she moved from San Francisco to New York; how she decided she was ready to make a record; her work with Phish’s Trey Anastasio; and her plans following her graduation next year from the Manhattan School of Music. Learn more at nataliecressman.com and follow her on Twitter at @nataliecressman.

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October 22nd 2012
The Jazz Session #415: Hailey Niswanger

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist Hailey Niswanger’s sophomore album is The Keeper (Calmit Productions, 2012). In this interview, Niswanger talks about her recent entry into Esperanza Spalding’s band; why she chose going on the road over starting her Master’s degree; the jazz scene in her native Portland; and the personal tragedy that inspired the title track on her new record. Learn more at haileyniswanger.com and follow her on Twitter at @haileyniswanger.

You can support The Jazz Session by purchasing this album in the TJS Store.

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October 18th 2012
The Jazz Session #414: Peter Hum

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Ottawa pianist and journalist Peter Hum’s debut album is A Boy’s Journey (2010). In this interview, Hum talks about the Ottawa jazz scene; the intersection of his work as a journalist and as a jazz musician; how he decided to finally record an album; and the stellar band on his record. Learn more about Peter’s music at peterhum.com, read his blog at blogs.ottawacitizen.com/category/arts/jazzblog and follow him on Twitter at @peterhum.

You can support The Jazz Session by purchasing this album in the TJS Store.

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October 15th 2012
The Jazz Session #413: Melissa Aldana

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana’s latest album is Second Cycle (2012). In this interview, Aldana talks about being a third-generation saxophone player, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather; how she arrived at the Berklee College of Music not speaking any English or knowing how to read music; why she’s always known what she wanted to do with her life; and how she met and befriended sax master George Coleman. Learn more at melissaaldana.com and follow her on Twitter at @MelissaAldana.

You can support The Jazz Session by purchasing this album in the TJS Store.

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October 11th 2012
The Jazz Session #412: Aaron Parks

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

Pianist Aaron Parks is in the midst of an exciting period of composing and recording. In this interview, conducted this summer in New York City, Parks talks about going into the studio with a revolving cast of the city’s finest musicians; his approach to composition — and how he breathes new life in past work; and why he’s comfortable letting things evolve as necessary in the studio. Learn more at aaronparks.com.

Note: This is Aaron Parks’ second appearance on The Jazz Session. Listen to his 2008 interview.

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October 8th 2012
The Jazz Session #411: Jessica Lurie

Posted under Clarinetists & Podcast & Saxophonists

Saxophonist and clarinetist Jessica Lurie’s newest recording is Megaphone Heart, released earlier this year. In this interview, Lurie talks about her early years in Seattle; the idea of a musical community; using her voice as an additional instrument; her remarkably diverse projects; and the stories behind the songs on her new album. Learn more at jessicalurie.com and follow her on Twitter at @saxophonejess.

You can support The Jazz Session by purchasing this album in the TJS Store.

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October 4th 2012
The Jazz Session #410: Brian Charette

Posted under Organists & Podcast

Brian Charette’s new album is Music For Organ Sextette (Steeplechase, 2012). In this interview, Charette talks about studying kung fu and how it affects his music; getting called for his first organ gig — on the same day his first organ arrived; establishing a career in more than one country; and finding non-standard ways to write for an organ band. Learn more at kungfugue.com and follow him on Twitter at @pinchbrian.

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October 1st 2012
The Jazz Session #409: Sarah MK

Posted under Jazz Or Bust Tour & Podcast & Vocalists

Montreal native Sarah MK is a singer and songwriter who draws on R&B, hip hop and jazz. In this interview, Sarah talks about the Montreal scene and the Kalmunity collective; her jazz studies and what she feels they add to her music; and the challenges and opportunities of a musical life in Montreal. Learn more at sarahmk.com and follow her on Twitter at @sarahmkmusic.

CONCERT NOTE: Sarah MK is performing in NYC on Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. at Sugar Bar, 254 West 72nd Street. $10 cover.

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