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May 17th 2012
The Jazz Session #373: Stranahan, Zaleski & Rosato

Posted under Bands & Bassists & Drummers & Pianists & Podcast

Anticipation (Capri Records, 2012) is the new CD by drummer Colin Stranahan, pianist Glenn Zaleski and bassist Rick Rosato. In this interview, conducted before the trio’s recent live show at Small’s in NYC, the three talk about their mutual appreciation of one another; the shared taste in music that animates their collaboration; and their individual paths into jazz. Learn more at, and

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April 12th 2012
The Jazz Session #363: Devin Gray

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Devin Gray’s new CD is Dirigo Rataplan (Skirl Records, 2012). In this interview, Gray talks about finding space for surprise; his early years at the Maine Jazz Camp with the likes of Tony Malaby and Ethan Iverson; finding time and discipline for practice during a busy musical life; and his various projects as a leader and sideman. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @DevinGrayMusic.

CONCERT NOTE: Devin Gray’s quartet is playing tonight (April 12, 2012) at 8:30 p.m. at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.

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March 26th 2012
The Jazz Session #358: Billy Hart

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Billy Hart’s new CD is All Our Reasons (ECM, 2012). In this interview, Hart talks about the “European sound” of this band; what he looks for in bandmates and why this band fits his needs so well; and what he believes powered Coltrane’s musical explorations. Learn more at

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February 20th 2012
The Jazz Session #348: The Wee Trio

Posted under Bands & Bassists & Drummers & Podcast & Vibraphonists

The Wee Trio is James Westfall (vibes), Dan Loomis (bass) and Jared Schonig (drums). Their new album is Ashes To Ashes: A David Bowie Intraspective. In this interview, the trio talks about why they chose David Bowie — and why they were initially reluctant to do so; how they managed an 8,000-mile tour across the United States; and what makes the trio work as a unit. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @weetrois.

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February 16th 2012
The Jazz Session #347: Aaron Staebell

Posted under Drummers & Podcast

Drummer Aaron Staebell’s new CD is Bending and Breaking (2011). In this interview, Staebell talks about smashing different sounds and styles together to see what works; how a visit from John Hollenbeck caused him to finally perform his own compositions in public; why it’s important for him that his compositions have stories behind them; and why he likes living and working in Rochester, NY. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @aaronstaebell.


January 23rd 2012
The Jazz Session #340: Matt Wilson

Posted under Drummers & JazzDIY & Podcast

Drummer Matt Wilson’s new album with his band Arts & Crafts is An Attitude For Gratitude (Palmetto Records, 2012). In this interview, Wilson talks about the inclusive approach of the band; why he likes the word “allow”; and how a difficult year for his family helped him put things in perspective and brought the idea of gratitude into focus. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @mattwilsonjazz.

NOTE: This interview is part of a new monthly collaboration with JazzDIY, the online journal for the 21st century jazz musician. Visit to see a video interview with Matt Wilson in which he talks about the business of music.

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