March 12th 2007
Show #3: John Abercrombie

Posted under Guitarists & Podcast

abercrombie small

Jason Crane interviews guitarist John Abercrombie, whose forthcoming record is The Third Quartet (ECM, 2007). Abercrombie has been on more than 50 ECM recordings as a leader or sideman, including sessions with Charles Lloyd, Kenny Wheeler, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Liebman and Dave Holland. This interview features several excerpts from the new CD in advance of its April 3 release. You’ll also hear Abercrombie’s moving remembrance of lifelong friend Michael Brecker.

March 3rd 2007
Show #2: Luis Perdomo

Posted under Pianists & Podcast

perdomo small

Jason Crane interviews pianist Luis Perdomo. Since coming to New York from his native Venezuela, Perdomo has blossomed as a player. As a student at the Manhattan School of Music and at Queens College, he studied with pianists Harold Danko and Sir Roland Hanna. As a professional musician, he’s played with Ray Baretto, Ravi Coltrane, Miguel Zenon, Dafnis Prieto, and Timbalaye, to name a few. Perdomo’s adventurous new record is Awareness (RKM Music, 2006). It features his working trio of Hans Glawischnig on bass and Eric McPherson on drums, and on several tracks, an expanded group with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Nasheet Waits. Find out more about Luis Perdomo at LuisPerdomoJazz.com.

February 24th 2007
Show #1: Grant Stewart

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists

stewart small

It’s here — the first episode of The Jazz Session, a jazz interview podcast hosted by Jason Crane. In this show, Jason interviews tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart. Stewart has been in New York for the past 16 years, since moving there from his native Toronto. He’s played with quite a roster of jazz artists, from Curtis Fuller, John Hendricks and Clark Terry to Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings and Jimmy Cobb. Stewart’s new album on Sharp Nine Records is In The Still Of The Night (Sharp Nine Records, 2007). You can find out more at GrantStewartJazz.com.

February 19th 2007
The Jazz Session — Coming Soon!

Posted under Site Updates

We’re just a week or so away from the launch of The Jazz Session, a new jazz interview podcast. The show is hosted by Jason Crane — that’s me. In case you’re wondering who I am, here’s the quick sketch:

I was born 1973 in Lenox, Massachusetts, home of Tanglewood and former home of the famed Music Inn and the Lenox School of Jazz. My professional career has covered a lot of bases — and a lot of the world. I began as a full-time soprano sax player in jazz, latin jazz and funk bands in Arizona, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. I’ve worked as an on-air host for KUAT (classical) and KUAZ (jazz) in Tucson; as a news announcer for Bloomberg Radio in Tokyo; and as Tokyo business correspondent for NPR’s Morning Edition.

From 2001-2004, I was station manager and jazz host at Jazz90.1 in Rochester, NY, where I interviewed more than 200 jazz artists, including: Claudia Acuna, Ben Allison, Karrin Allyson, Billy Bang, David Berkman, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Bruford, Jack DeJohnette, Kahil El’Zabar, Marty Erlich, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Fred Hersch, Bill Holman, Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Don Lanphere, Joe Locke, Les McCann, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Jane Monheit, David “Fathead” Newman, Houston Person, Bobby Previte, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Curtis Steigers, Tierney Sutton, Cuong Vu, Bobby Watson, Fred Wesley, Matt Wilson, and Nancy Wilson.

Since then, I’ve hosted The Jason Crane Show, a broadcast/podcast show about the arts and activism. Now, however, I’m turning to jazz exclusively.

While you’re waiting for the first show to “air,” you might enjoy checking out some of my interviews at All About Jazz.

Thanks so much for visiting. Please subscribe to the RSS feed and stay tuned for the first show! Upcoming guests include:

  • Grant Stewart
  • Pat LaBarbera
  • The Respect Sextet
  • Bob Sneider
  • …and many more!

« Prev