The Jazz Session #473: Ben Wendel

Saxophonist and bassoonist Ben Wendel’s latest album is The Seasons. The album began as a series of YouTube duets, which have now been recast for a full band. In this interview, Wendel talks about the origins of the video project; reaching people with music in the era of social media; his band Kneebody and their rock-band-like approach to touring; and the next things he’s working on. Learn more at

ON TOUR: Ben Wendel and The Seasons band are on tour Feb. 1-9, 2019. They start tonight (Feb. 1) in LA and finish in Chicago on Feb. 9. A complete list of tour dates is here.

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TJS Patreon Bonus: January 2019

Welcome to the completely re-imagined bonus show for members of The Jazz Session! I’m really happy with how this turned out, and this is the general smorgasbord format I’ll be using going forward. This episode is going out on the main feed, too, as a means of encouraging YOU to support The Jazz Session. In this episode:

  • Dan Rubright reviews his Winter JazzFest experience, including sets featuring: Matthew Stevens, Aaron Parks, Tommy Crane, Taylor Eigsti, Carmen Staaf, Jenny Scheinman, Allison Miller, Mathias Eick, Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, and more. Dan also gives a few tips for folks who want to catch the festival in 2020.
  • In an extra segment not heard on TJS #472, bassist Tim Lefebvre talks about some of the many projects he’s involved with as both a player and producer, and also about the role of a producer in the modern era.
  • And finally I talk about Samm Henshaw, a British soul singer who’s on heavy rotation in my house these days.

The Jazz Session #472: Tim Lefebvre

Bassist Tim Lefebvre was a longtime member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and played on David Bowie’s final album. Along with other members of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, he formed Whose Hat Is This?, an improvising collective. Their new album with MC and vocalist Kokayi is Everything’s OK. In this interview, Lefebvre talks about his many musical projects as both a bassist and a producer; working with David Bowie; adapting to musical situations; and more. Learn more at

The Jazz Session #471: Bobby Broom

Guitarist Bobby Broom’s latest album is Soul Fingers (MRi, 2018). In this interview, Broom talks about his most recent tour with Steely Dan; the genesis of his new band; how he ended up working with producer Steve Jordan; and why he continues to find musical inspiration from the pop and rock songs of his youth. Learn more at

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The Jazz Session #470: Jean Rohe

Singer-songwriter Jean Rohe’s new album is called Sisterly. In this interview, Rohe talks about art and the patriarchy; our role in standing up for what’s right; songwriting and performance as tools of social change; and the very different sonic landscape of this new recording. Learn more at

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