Show #15: Cecilia Smith

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Jason Crane interviews vibraphonist and composer Cecilia Smith. Smith’s new project, Dark Triumph(CEA Music, 2005) chronicles the life of her aunt, Victoria Lancaster Smith, through spoken word, improvisation, orchestral arrangements, members of the Boys Choir of Harlem, and a jazz rhythm section. This ambitious album originated when Victoria Smith showed Cecilia Smith an 8-bar melody she’d been carrying around in her head for six decades. Learn more at Cecilia Smith’s MySpace page and at CeciliaSmith.com.

TJS Extra #2: Jazz writer Doug Ramsey

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TJS Extra looks at jazz from other angles. Think of it as a companion piece to The Jazz Session. On this edition, Jason Crane interviews jazz writer Doug Ramsey. Ramsey is a broadcast and print journalist with an extensive background in jazz writing. He is the author of several books, including Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond, for which he won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He has contributed to JazzTimes since 1975 and, before that, wrote regularly for Down Beat. He now runs the excellent jazz blog Rifftides. In this interview, Ramsey talks about Paul Desmond, the role of the jazz writer, and enjoyment in lieu of money.

Show #14: Terry Gibbs

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Jason Crane interviews vibraphonist Terry Gibbs. This week, ASCAP, one of the organizations that safeguards performers’ and composers’ rights, announced that it will add Gibbs to its Jazz Wall of Fame in a ceremony on June 1 at Lincoln Center. Gibbs is already recognized as an ASCAP Jazz Living Legend for a career that spans the bebop era to the present day. In honor of Gibbs’ award, The Jazz Session presents a 2004 interview with Terry Gibbs recorded after the release of his album 52nd & Broadway: Songs Of The Bebop Era (Mack Ave, 2004).

TJS Extra #1: Rochester International Jazz Festival

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TJS Extra looks at jazz from other angles. Think of it as a companion piece to The Jazz Session. This edition takes you behind the scenes of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Jason Crane interviews festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona. With more than 600 artists, 200+ concerts and 18 venues, the RIJF has quickly become one of the leading jazz festivals in North America. Find out more at RochesterJazz.com.

Show #13: Bobby Sanabria

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Jason Crane interviews percussionist, bandleader, composer and educator Bobby Sanabria. Sanabria is a living link to the great Afro-Cuban jazz tradition. He’s played with just about everyone, including Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill and Mario Bauza. He’s also a Grammy-nominated solo artist and a powerful force in bringing the Afro-Cuban tradition into the 21st century. This interview features a sneak peek at his new album, Big Band Urban Folktales (Jazzheads, 2007), which hits stores in June. Find out more at BobbySanabria.com.