The Jazz Session #481: Dafnis Prieto

Drummer Dafnis Prieto won a Grammy for his 2018 big band album Back To The Sunset. The album highlights Prieto’s skills as a composer, arranger and performer, while also paying tribute to his mentors and influences. In this interview, Prieto talks about the hows and whys of working with a big band; the inclusion of guests such as Henry Threadgill, Brian Lynch and Steve Coleman; music that makes him happy; and more.

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The Jazz Session #480: Sam Newsome

Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome is about to release Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone. It’s a surprising and fascinating album that highlights Newsome’s explorations with the variety of sounds the soprano saxophone can make. In this interview, Newsome talks about how he started experimenting with prepared saxophone; why he likes playing solo shows; how movement impacts his music; and why he appreciates teaching students who aren’t majoring in music. Learn more at http://www.somenewmusic.com/. Be sure to check out Sam Newsome’s previous appearance on The Jazz Session.

The Jazz Session is weekly again! With this episode, The Jazz Session returns to being a weekly podcast. New episodes will come out every Wednesday. I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians since 2007. I think it’s important work that deserves public support. I’d also like to be able to do it for my living. If you agree that The Jazz Session is worth supporting, become a member today for just $5 a month at thejazzsession.com/join. You’ll get a monthly bonus episode, early access to every show, and a yearly gift. We had several new members join this past week. Big thanks to Jason, Colleen, Ryan, Uwe and Ken for joining, and to Lance for doubling his pledge. Help me make this show for decades to come by joining today. Thank you.

The Jazz Session #479: Camila Meza

Guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza’s latest album, Ámbar, comes out on May 31, 2019 on Sony Masterworks. It’s her first album for that label. In this interview, Meza talks about how the loss of her grandfather inspired the title track; why she chose to work with strings; meeting — and playing for — one of her musical heroes, Pat Metheny; and more. Learn more at https://www.camilameza.com/.

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The Jazz Session #478: Champian Fulton

Pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton returns to the show to discuss her 10th album, The Stylings of Champian. In this interview, Champian talks about her very busy touring schedule and how she maintains it; the band reunion that led to the new album; her approach to selecting repertoire; and more. Learn more and find tour dates at http://www.champian.net/, and listen to her previous appearance on The Jazz Session here.

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The Jazz Session #477: Moppa Elliott

Bassist Moppa Elliott is the founder of the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing. He’s just released a new triple-album under his own name called Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band. It features three very different bands playing his music. In this interview Elliott talks about the genesis of the project; the benefits of camaraderie and baseball; his approach to teaching high school students about past masters; and more. Learn more at http://www.moppaelliott.com/.

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