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September 15th 2014
The Jazz Session: Radio Edition

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Tune in Fridays from 9-11 a.m. ET for The Jazz Session: Radio Edition. Listen in State College, PA, on The Lion 90.7 FM , or online at http://thelion.fm. The show is live and I’m not archiving it, but you can find playlists here.

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October 25th 2013
Welcome to The Jazz Session!

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The Jazz Session is a member-supported online interview show focusing on in-depth conversations with jazz musicians. Please become a member today.

Since its inception in 2007, there have been more than 2.5 million downloads of The Jazz Session’s 400+ episodes. The Jazz Session focuses on in-depth interviews with jazz musicians, along with occasional interviews with producers, authors and others in the jazz world. The show’s mission is to chronicle the lives and opinions of musicians who make creative improvised music, without regard to artificial genres or labels. Every episode of the show is available in the archive for free. You can also subscribe for free via iTunes or an RSS reader.

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September 19th 2012
The Jazz Session: A Special Announcement

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You can listen to the announcement (in slightly expanded form) using the player above, or read the text below:

I’ve decided to end The Jazz Session.

After five years, more than 400 episodes, and more than two million downloads, I just can’t make the show work financially. To keep it alive (and by extension, to keep myself going), I’d need to run a massive fundraising campaign immediately, and probably annually. I don’t know if that’s possible for The Jazz Session. I think it might be possible for a show with a broader format, which I’m considering.

I can’t thank each of you enough for your support of The Jazz Session. You’ve come through every time I’ve needed you, from the 100 x 300 Campaign to the Jazz Or Bust Tour. Moreover, your emails have kept me energized and have let me know that real people out there in the real world value this show. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’m extremely proud of The Jazz Session and the archive it represents. I hope that when scholars of this music look back at the 2007-12 period, the 400+ episodes of my show — the show you helped me build — will prove to be a valuable resource. I hope at some point to associate this archive with a university so the episodes will be properly indexed.

The Jazz Session will run until show #417 on October 29, 2012. I’d like to ask you a favor — would you all please wait to cancel your memberships until that date? That would be a great help to me financially. I’ll send a note when the show ends reminding you to cancel. Unfortunately, this is something you have to do yourself. I can’t cancel them for you.

I’m going to spend some time in Auburn, Alabama, figuring out my next steps. One next step may involve living at a Zen center for a while. I could use it. These last few months have been a real challenge. I’d also like to work on a book recounting the tour and the circumstances leading up to it. I just don’t have an ending yet.

Once again, thank you so much for supporting me and the work I’ve done on The Jazz Session. You made it all worthwhile.

Much love,

Jason

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September 17th 2012
TWO MILLION DOWNLOADS

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Tonight, The Jazz Session passed two million downloads. Wonderful. Thank you all!

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May 14th 2012
The “Jazz or Bust” Tour

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THE “JAZZ OR BUST” TOUR

ABOUT THE TOUR

As of June 1, 2012, I’m doing something fairly crazy and taking The Jazz Session on tour. I’m traveling through North America — and then maybe the rest of the world — conducting interviews and giving poetry readings.

NEWS COVERAGE

FOLLOW THE TOUR

My itinerary, daily tour diary, new poems, recordings of my poetry readings, photos and more are at http://jasoncrane.org. You’ll also find a list of my scheduled poetry readings there. And of course the podcasts from the tour will be at thejazzsession.com as they always are. And you can follow me on Twitter at @JasonDCrane.

SUPPORT THE TOUR

There are several ways for you to support my tour.

  1. I’ll be living off the income from the paying members of the show. You can become a member HERE.
  2. You can also make a one-time donation to the tour at various levels from $10 to $1,000. Just choose a level HERE and make your secure donation via PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to do this. And there are cool thank-you gifts, too!
  3. Suggest a place to go or a musician to interview.
  4. Give me a place to stay.
  5. Host a house party (any size) so I can read my poetry and maybe sell a book or two.
  6. Suggest a venue (bookstore, performance space) in your town where I could do a poetry reading.
  7. Buy a book for my Kindle from my Amazon travel wish list.

To do any of the above (other than donate) send me an email at jason@thejazzsession.com. Initially, I’ll be traveling on the East Coast, but feel free to suggest places and offer me accommodations anywhere. Thank you!

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September 13th 2011
Welcome to The Jazz Session!

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The Jazz Session is the best independent jazz podcast out there.” — Darcy James Argue

“Advocacy, bravery, hard work, eloquence: if jazz survives another century he’ll be one of the reasons.” — Andrew Durkin

“As overused as this word is, Jason Crane, in fact, a ‘hero’ … to the jazz world anyway. Check out him and his insightful show.” — Gabriel Gloege

“Jason Crane is a hipster of the highest order. A super sonic solid sender cat daddy perched upon the monumental peak of groovy. Dig?” — Matt Wilson

The Jazz Session is a member-supported online interview show focusing on in-depth conversations with jazz musicians. The show is hosted by Jason Crane.

Since its inception in 2007, there have been more than 2.5 million downloads of The Jazz Session‘s 400+ episodes. The Jazz Session focuses on in-depth interviews with jazz musicians, along with occasional interviews with producers, authors and others in the jazz world. The show’s mission is to chronicle the lives and opinions of musicians who make creative improvised music, without regard to artificial genres or labels.

Every episode of the show is available here at thejazzsession.com for free. You’ll find the guests listed alphabetically on the Archive page (coming soon). You can also search by instrument using the category menu immediately below the list of names. To make sure you never miss an episode, subscribe via iTunes or an RSS reader.

The Jazz Session survives because of the support of its members. Please become a member today.

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August 11th 2011
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

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We made the goal just before 2 p.m. ET. What can I say? I’m humbled and amazed. These last 24 hours have seen such a huge outpouring of support for this program. Here they are: The Jazz Session 100.

Thank you.


Jason Crane

P.S. — I can always use more members, so please keep spreading the word. You can join here.

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July 13th 2011
Two new members talk about why they support The Jazz Session

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Kyoko Kitamura, jazz musician: “I see the Jazz Session as something that might represent the future of music journalism: a versatile internet downloadable program which combines audio, the musician’s interview, great questions, great editing. I feel that it is very important to have an outlet where the music and the musicians can speak for themselves. Rather than bemoan the current state of the music industry and journalism, I find it more satisfying to support what I believe is a great format that truly works.”

Jonathan Matz, student: “I made a one-time donation of $30 in April, and here’s another $80 to make it to the $110 annual donation. As a full-time student, this is a stretch for me, but as a former WKCR DJ, I know the value of what you’re doing.”

Thanks, Jonathan and Kyoko. If you’d like to support the show, please become a member for as little as $10 a month.

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June 6th 2011
Vision Festival artists on The Jazz Session

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The 16th edition of the Vision Festival has begun here in New York. The following are all the Vision Festival artists who’ve appeared on The Jazz Session:

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March 17th 2011
One million downloads!

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Wow. Just … wow. Within the last few minutes, The Jazz Session hit one million downloads.

I’m just blown away. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And if you’d like to keep the show going for another million downloads, please become a member.

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January 30th 2011
The Jazz Session hits 900,000 downloads!

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The Jazz Session just passed 900,000 downloads! Thank you all very much for listening to — and supporting — the show.

And oh, by the way, if you haven’t become a member yet, please consider giving your financial support to The Jazz Session to ensure that it will keep going for 900,000 more downloads!

Again, thank you all very much!

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December 9th 2010
A note about Amazon

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For a long time now, I’ve included Amazon.com links to the albums I talk about on the show as part of the show notes for each episode. I did this because if you clicked on those links and bought the records that way, a little bit of your purchase price would come back to The Jazz Session. Many of you did that and helped fund the show, for which I’m grateful.

I’ve decided to stop including those links from now on, for two reasons:

  1. I was disturbed by Amazon’s actions regarding Wikileaks in the wake of Joe Lieberman’s threat. I think this is a fairly complex issue, but I was disappointed by Amazon’s response.
  2. I think the best way for you to support the artists who appear on The Jazz Session is to visit their sites and buy the music in whatever way they suggest. When you purchase an album through Amazon, the artist receives a very tiny cut of that purchase. That may be OK for people selling millions of records, but no jazz artist is selling millions of records. I’ve always provided a link to the artist’s Web site in my show notes, so just click those links and buy the record using whatever means the artist suggests.

One additional note: I could still use your financial support. The most direct way to keep The Jazz Session going is to become a member, which you can do via the Join page. Thank you.

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November 26th 2010
800,000 downloads!

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The Jazz Session just passed 800,000 downloads! Huzzah!

If you’d like the show to be around long enough for 800,000 more downloads, please become a member. And thanks to all of you for listening and for supporting the show.

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November 14th 2010
The Jazz Session’s “100 By 300” campaign

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The Jazz Session is launching a new membership campaign — “100 By 300” — with the goal of reaching 100 members by the 300th show. For the cost of a couple cups of (admittedly expensive) coffee each month, you can keep The Jazz Session going for years to come. Visit the Join page and become a member for as little as $10 a month or $110 a year. Thank you for your support! And thanks especially to the people who have already joined.

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June 26th 2010
The Jazz Session hits 600,000 downloads!

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The Jazz Session just hit 600,000 downloads! Thanks for all your support. If you’d like to help keep the show going, please consider donating using the button on the left side of this site.

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March 26th 2010
Half a million downloads!

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Sometime in the past hour or so, The Jazz Session passed 500,000 downloads! Can you believe it? Half a million! Huzzah!

Thanks to all of you for your support. Tell a friend, OK?

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February 24th 2010
Happy Anniversary!

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Today is the third anniversary of The Jazz Session, which started back on Feb. 24, 2007 with TJS #1: Grant Stewart. Here were are, 460,000+ downloads later and still going strong — thanks to YOU!

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February 12th 2010
My first book!

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I found out Tuesday night that FootHills Publishing, an independent poetry press celebrating its 25th year, is going to publish a collection of my work. I really can’t believe it. Huzzah!

Watch jasoncrane.org for more details…

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January 5th 2010
Listener requests for guests on The Jazz Session

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Here are the responses to the survey question, “If you could book one artist for The Jazz Session, who would it be?” These are in the order received, and there are certainly duplicates. If the person has already been a guest on the show, I’ve noted that in bold type with the show number after their name. And for everyone else: I’m workin’ on ’em!

(Two notes: 1. This post has a “Continue Reading” link partway through. Click on that link for the full list. 2. If you’re reading this at thejazzsession.com, you’ll see an alphabetical list of all the past guests on the left side of the page. Click on any name to hear the interview.)

  • Tom Harrell
  • Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • Pat Metheny
  • Miles Davis! Hehe … seriously, though … I can’t think of anyone – and actually appreciate learning abuot new folks rather than just hearing from folks I already know!
  • Julian Lage – TJS #94
  • Jeremy Davenport
  • I’m afraid I’ll say one who has already been done!
  • Carla Bley
  • John Scofield
  • One? In a perfect world, Wayne Shorter. But you do such a great job with artists that deserve more recognition, such as Joe Fonda, Mario Pavone, Vinny Golia, John Hollenbeck, etc
    Hollenbeck is booked!
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December 31st 2009
The Jazz Session looks back at 2009: Oh, the places you’ll go!

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My year-in-review article for All About Jazz is now available online. It’s a look at some of the interesting places at which I recorded episodes of the show in 2009. These spots include:

  • Steve Kuhn’s kitchen
  • The lobby of Vijay Iyer’s apartment building
  • A trailer behind the stage at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival
  • James Shipp’s minivan
  • …and many more!

Read: The Jazz Session: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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