The Jazz Session #456: Steve Lampert

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Trumpeter and composer Steve Lampert’s new album is Zahskl’s Jukebox, Vol. 1. In this interview, Lampert talks about the space-age concept behind the album; the complex process of producing both the music and the actual recording; why he doesn’t play live anymore; and how a guy who grew up on hardbop ended up writing music like he writes. Learn more at http://www.steve-lampert.com/.

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The Jazz Session #455: Ross Hammond

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Guitarist Ross Hammond’s new album is Flight. The solo acoustic record marks a departure from his previous electric work. In this interview, recorded at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in State College, PA, Hammond talks about why he’s playing acoustic these days, and 12-string in particular; his church background and how it led to some of the tunes on this album; the growing Sacramento jazz scene; and his upcoming projects. Learn more at www.rosshammond.com.

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The Jazz Session #454: Mimi Jones

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Bassist and vocalist Mimi Jones has a new album called Balance on her own Hot Tone Music label. In this interview, Jones talks about building community and why she started her own label; the life challenges that led to this album; the power of names; and her extensive upcoming touring schedule. Learn more at mimijonesmusic.com. Also, be sure to check out the other new Hot Tone releases by Camille Thurman and Shirazette Tinnin.

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The Jazz Session #453: Red Wierenga

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Pianist Red Wierenga is a member of the Respect Sextet and the Respect Trio. He also plays accordion in the Claudia Quintet. In this interview, he talks about three new recordings: Respect ‘n’ You: Live At Greenwich House Music School by the Respect Sextet; Respect The Trio, We Says by the Respect Trio; and Figure, a duo project between Wierenga and guitarist Ryan Ferreira. He also talks about his forays into electronic music and instrument building; his work with the Claudia Quintet; and the influence on his music of Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg. Learn more at respectsextet.bandcamp.com.

The Jazz Session #452: Ras Moshe

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Ras Moshe is a saxophonist who also creates spaces for other musicians to flourish. In this interview, he talks about the intersection of political activism and music; his father and grandfather, both of whom were saxophonists; his early exposure to the loft scene in New York City; and the work he’s doing both as a saxophonist and a creator of musical opportunities for others.