The Jazz Session #476: Mike Baggetta

Guitarist Mike Baggetta’s new album is Wall Of Flowers (2019, BIG EGO Records). The album features bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges) and drummer Jim Keltner (everyone you’ve ever heard of). In this interview, Baggetta talks about how this unlikely trio came to be; what he strives for as a musician and improviser; why he loves torch songs; and more. Learn more at http://mikebaggetta.com.

ON TOUR: Mike Baggetta is on tour in support of this album, starting in CA on March 21 and wrapping up in NY on March 30, 2019. Tour dates available here.

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The Jazz Session #475: Chris Greene

Saxophonist Chris Greene just released PlaySpace, a live album recorded with his long-time band. In this interview, Greene talks about the music on the album and why he likes playing with his bandmates; funk, jazz, accessibility and secret handshakes; the musicians and bands who’ve influenced his approach to making music; and why it’s OK for people to enjoy shows. Learn more at https://chrisgreenejazz.com/.

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The Jazz Session #474: Brandee Younger

Harpist Brandee Younger’s most recent record is Wax & Wane. In this interview, she talks about the particular challenges of improvising on the harp; how she was introduced to improvised music and the trial by fire she faced from Kenny Garrett; her recording process; the great harpists who’ve gone before her; and more. Learn more at http://www.brandeeyounger.com/.

Support the show! Become a member for just $5/month at http://patreon.com/thejazzsession. You’ll receive a bonus episode packed full of cool stuff every month. Like this one. Plus, 100 members = 3 episodes per month, and 200 members = weekly episodes! Let’s do this!

The Jazz Session #473: Ben Wendel

Saxophonist and bassoonist Ben Wendel’s latest album is The Seasons. The album began as a series of YouTube duets, which have now been recast for a full band. In this interview, Wendel talks about the origins of the video project; reaching people with music in the era of social media; his band Kneebody and their rock-band-like approach to touring; and the next things he’s working on. Learn more at benwendel.com.

ON TOUR: Ben Wendel and The Seasons band are on tour Feb. 1-9, 2019. They start tonight (Feb. 1) in LA and finish in Chicago on Feb. 9. A complete list of tour dates is here.

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TJS Patreon Bonus: January 2019

Welcome to the completely re-imagined bonus show for members of The Jazz Session! I’m really happy with how this turned out, and this is the general smorgasbord format I’ll be using going forward. This episode is going out on the main feed, too, as a means of encouraging YOU to support The Jazz Session. In this episode:

  • Dan Rubright reviews his Winter JazzFest experience, including sets featuring: Matthew Stevens, Aaron Parks, Tommy Crane, Taylor Eigsti, Carmen Staaf, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Mathias Eick, Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, and more. Dan also gives a few tips for folks who want to catch the festival in 2020.
  • In an extra segment not heard on TJS #472, bassist Tim Lefebvre talks about some of the many projects he’s involved with as both a player and producer, and also about the role of a producer in the modern era.
  • And finally I talk about Samm Henshaw, a British soul singer who’s on heavy rotation in my house these days.