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May 25th 2015
The Jazz Session #455: Ross Hammond

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Guitarist Ross Hammond’s new album is Flight. The solo acoustic record marks a departure from his previous electric work. In this interview, recorded at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in State College, PA, Hammond talks about why he’s playing acoustic these days, and 12-string in particular; his church background and how it led to some of the tunes on this album; the growing Sacramento jazz scene; and his upcoming projects. Learn more at www.rosshammond.com.

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March 16th 2015
The Jazz Session #448: Mike Bono

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Guitarist Mike Bono’s first album is From Where You Are. In this interview, Bono talks about discovering jazz on the radio as a teenager and how it changed his life; the sweet pizza-parlor gig that helped him learn standards; his time at the Berklee school of music; and his recent appearance at the Sundance Film Festival in a tribute to Nina Simone. Learn more at mikebonomusic.com.

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BONUS: I asked my parents and sister to record the intro for this episode. It did not go well.

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August 29th 2014
The Jazz Session #442: Bob Sneider

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Originally from Boston, guitarist Bob Sneider has called Rochester, NY, home for years. He’s built an impressive career, beginning in Chuck Mangione’s band and then through his work at the Eastman School of Music and as the leader of his own ensembles. In this interview, Sneider talks about why he didn’t go to a conservatory and how he ended up as a professional musician anyway; many of the A-list musicians he’s played with over the years; his work at the Rochester International Jazz Festival; how teaching new guitarists helps him stay at the top of his game; and the rhythm section with whom he’s played for years. Learn more at bobsneider.net.

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May 19th 2014
The Jazz Session #437: Sara Serpa and Andre Matos

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast & Vocalists

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Primavera (2014, Inner Circle Music) is the new album by vocalist Sara Serpa and guitarist Andre Matos. In this interview, Serpa and Matos talk about using the studio as an instrument; the long process that led to this album; how the impending birth of their first child impacted the recording; and the use of others’ poetry in their music. Learn more at www.saraserpa.com and www.andrematosmusic.com, and follow Sara on Twitter at @serpasara.

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April 14th 2014
The Jazz Session #433: Eric DiVito

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Guitarist Eric DiVito‘s new album is The Second Time Around (PJC, 2013), featuring Corcoran Holt on bass and Alyssa Falk Verheyn on drums, with guest appearances by Mavis Swan Poole and Steve Wilson. In this interview, DiVito talks about his approach to standards; the recording session and what made it work so well; finding originality in arranging; and his take on a being a jazz guitarist. Learn more at ericdivito.com and follow him on Twitter at @ericdivitomusic.

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October 1st 2013
The Jazz Session #423: Lee Konitz and Camila Meza

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast & Saxophonists & Vocalists

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The season premiere of The Jazz Session begins with an extended conversation with saxophonist Lee Konitz. Konitz talks about why he followed a different path than most players of his generation; how he continues to find new things to play on standards; and what he looks for in the people he plays with. The music in this part of the show comes from Enfants Terribles (Half Note, 2012), his live album with Gary Peacock, Bill Frisell and Joey Baron. The album is available in The Jazz Session’s store.

In the second part of the show, guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza returns to talk about her new EP, Prisma (2013). Meza is performing at The Blue Note in NYC on October 11, 2013. Her new album is also available in The Jazz Session’s store.

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September 10th 2013
The Jazz Session #422: Vijay Iyer, Mary Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Nicky Schrire & the Atlas preview

Posted under Bassists & Guitarists & Jazz News & Pianists & Podcast & Podcast New Season & Vocalists

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I’m celebrating my 40th birthday with four new mini-interviews. Vijay Iyer talks about Holding It Down, his new album with Mike Ladd; Mary Halvorson introduces her septet recording Illusionary Sea; Stephan Crump‘s Rosetta Trio is back with Thwirl; and Nicky Schrire discusses her duo album Space and Time. Plus, Brad Linde returns with a preview of the upcoming season of jazz at the Atlas in Washington, D.C.

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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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June 21st 2012
The Jazz Session #383: Janel and Anthony

Posted under Cellists & Guitarists & Podcast

Janel and Anthony’s new album is Where Is Home (Cuneiform, 2012). In this interview, cellist Janel Leppin and guitarist Anthony Pirog talk about how they found each other and realized they should start a band; the sonic landscapes they create live and in the studio; and how they move past just the sound of a guitar and a cello. Learn more at www.janelandanthony.com and follow them on Twitter at @janelandanthony.

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June 7th 2012
The Jazz Session #379: Vernon Reid

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Guitarist Vernon Reid’s new album with Jack Bruce, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman-Santana is called Spectrum Road (Palmetto Records, 2012). Reid is the founder of the band Living Colour and of the Black Rock Coalition. He’s a skilled improviser whose history with jazz goes back several decades to New York’s downtown music scene. He’s also the co-host, with comedian W. Kamau Bell, of the Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture. In this interview, Reid talks about how John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” drew him into improvised music; the parallel development of improvisation in rock and jazz; the dangers of musical influence; and the decade-long conception and making of Spectrum Road. Learn more at facebook.com/vernonreid and follow him on Twitter at @vurnt22.

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