In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond
Outstanding Alto
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:51:27 -0500

Outstanding alto sax players, Cannonball, Abate, McLean and Garrett kick off this week’s podcast. Bassist Nat Reeves who has played with 3 of those 4 alto players is featured next. Jazz legends Miles and Rollins finish the show.

Featured Album

Nat Reeves - State of Emergency

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cannonball Adderly ~ Blue Funk ~ Portrait of Cannonball
Greg Abate ~ Take the Crowell Train ~ Road to Forever
Jackie McLean ~ Demon’s Dance ~ Demon’s Dance
Jackie McLean ~ Sweet Love of Mine ~ Demon’s Dance
Kenny Garrett ~ Kiss to the Skies ~ Beyond the Wall
Nat Reeves ~ Moon River ~ State of Emergency
Nat Reeves ~ Little Waltz ~ State of Emergency
Jesse Collin Young ~ Ridgetop ~ [...]

Tenor Extravaganza
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:02:20 -0500

Tenor saxophone players dominate this week’s podcast. Turrentine, Henderson and Getz are perhaps best known. However, the next generation players are placing there mark on the jazz scene, like Joshua Redman, Jimmy Greene and Jovan Alexandre. Also on this podcast is young Jacob Collier and Carlos Santana. We wrap up with another great tenor player, Gato Barbiera.

Stanley Turrentine - Sugar - CTI records

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
00:08 Stanley Turrentine ~ Sugar ~ Sugar
11:14 Joshua Redman Elastic Band ~ Put It In Your Pocket ~ Momentum
18:05 Joshua Redman ~ Turnaround ~ Wish
24:29 Jovan Alexandre ~ Red Blues ~ Collective Consciousness
36:58 Joe Henderson ~ Relaxin’ at Camarillo ~ Relaxin’ at Camarillo

Ella Evans Ornette
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:21:12 -0500

After a classic from Benson and a couple from Ella, we settle into a piano trio set from Chick and Bill Evans. We then honor the birthdays of George Coleman, Ornette, and McFerrin. Some other cool stuff for you too.

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
George Benson ~ Take Five ~ Bad Benson
Ella Fitzgerald ~ Tea for Two ~ Ella and Basie
Ella Fitzgerald ~ I’m Beginning to See the Light ~ Ella and Basie
Jacob Collier ~ Fascinating Rhythms ~ YouTube -
Chick Corea ~ Blue Monk ~ Trilogy
Bill Evans Trio ~ I Should Care ~ How My Heart Sings
Bill Evans Trio ~ Blue In Green ~ Portrait in Jazz
Bill Evans ~ Nardis ~ Explorations
Bill Evans Trio ~ Alice In Wonderland ~ Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Troy Roberts ~ T [...]

A Vocal Set
Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:45:28 -0500

This set is mostly great female vocalists. Some are celebrated jazz masters like Ella, Lady Day, Nancy Wilson. Others are current performers like Diana Reaves, Chaka Kahn, Tina Turner. We also introduce great newcomers like Dana Lauren, Atla DeChamplain and Cyril Aimee.


Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Save Your Love for Me ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Cyrille Aimee ~ When I Was a Child ~ Cyrill Aimee and Friends (Live at Smalls)
Dana Lauren ~ That Old Black Magic ~ It’s You or No One
Ed Fast And Conga-Bop ~ Willow Weep For Me (feat. Linda Ransome) ~ Do or Die
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong ~ Stompin’ At the Savoy ~ The Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Chick [...]

LC Tribute
Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:33:42 -0500

This week’s podcast pays tribute to guitarist extroadinaire, Larry Coryell. While best known for his contribution to jazz rock fusion, Coryell was a master of all styles of guitar playing. This playlist demonstrates his wide ranging abilities in a variety of musical settings. Coryell passed away suddenly last week at age 73. His artistry and virtuosity will be missed. 


Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Larry Coryell ~ The Great Escape ~ Barefoot Boy
Larry Coyell ~ Improvisation on “Bolero” ~ Bolero
Larry Coryell ~ Fantasy in D ~ Cedars of Avalon
Larry Coryell ~ Naima ~ Monk, Trane, Miles & Me
Larry Coryell ~ Bumpin’ on Sunset ~ The Power Trio (Live in Chicago)
Larry Coryell ~ Rene’s Theme ~ Spaces
Larr [...]

Winter Jazz Radio
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:45:21 -0500

Starting with a Coltrane classic, we follow with new music from young players Noah Preminger and Emmet Cohen. Trumpeters Peyton, Henderson, Weiss are up next. Then we get into something different with a vocal ensemble from McFerrin, Indian Fusion from Shakti and R&B fusion from Glasper. 

Featured Album

David Weiss & Point of Departure - Wake Up Call

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
John Coltrane ~ 26-2 ~ Coltrane’s Sound
Noah Preminger ~ A Change is Gonna Come ~ Meditaions on Freedom
Emmet Cohen ~ If This Isn’t Love ~ Masters Legacy Series Volume 1
Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Cold Duck Time ~ Swiss Movement
Nicholas Payton ~ The Crimson Touch ~ Into the Blue
Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collect [...]

Snow Blues
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:12:55 -0500

After hearing tracks inspired by the snow storm here in New England, we get down to some serious New Orleans Second Line blues from Wynton Marsalis. The Majesty of the Blues takes us through the death and resurection of jazz music. 

Featured album

Wynton Marsalis - The Magesty of the Blues

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Greg Abate ~ Snowfall ~ Motif
Tineke Postma ~ Before the Snow ~ The Dawn of Light
Joshua Redman Quartet ~ Second Snow ~ Spirit of the Moment: Live At Village Vanguard
Alon Nechushtan ~ Snow-Flow ~ Venture Bound
Wynton Marsalis ~ Winter Wonderland ~ A Jazzy Wonderland
Wynton Marsalis ~ The Death of Jazz ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ Premature Autopsies (sermon) ~ The Majesty of the Blues

Only a Pawn
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:17:17 -0500

After opening with a classic Freddie Hubbard track, we are joined by Noah Preminger to talk about the making of his latest release of protest songs, Meditations on Freedom. Also featured are new albums by Mark Whitfield, The Curtis Brothers and Theo Bleckman.

Mike Live
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:05:14 -0500

This podcast episode features an interview with young saxophonist Mike Casey on his debut album. That is followed by veteran jazz ambassador Wynton Marsalis from his Majesty of the Blues recording. Also of note are new releases by Noah Preminger and the Curtis Brothers. 

featured album
Mike Casey ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door 

Artist ~ Song ~ Album
Mike Casey ~ Hydraulics ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door
Mike Casey ~ Little Melonae ~ The Sound of Surprise: Live at The Side Door
Wynton Marsalis ~ Hickory Dickory Dock ~ The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis ~ The Majesty of the Blues ~ The [...]

Protest Day
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:36:38 -0500

This podcast focuses on the dreams and vision of Martin Luther King, the historic legacy of Barack Obama and the protests of today’s Women’s Day March. We as a people will not stand for the tearing down of the ideals and values represented by King, Obama and the Women’s March protesters.  Bob Dylan, Noah Preminger, Gil Scott Herron, Noah Baerman, Gregory Porter, Norah Jones and Sonny Rollins whos work is represented here have used their words and music to express themes of equality, justice and freedom.

Noah Preminger - Meditations on Freedom

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Bob Dylan ~ Only a Pawn In Their Game ~ The Times They Are A-Chan [...]

Friday the 13th
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:23:05 -0500

This podcast, recorded on Friday the 13th gets off with a superstitious start from rocker Jeff Beck, and then SF Jazz Collective. Next, pop covers from guitarist Dave Stryker. Then there is a great collaboration with Metheny and Mehldau. Conspiracy theories from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Blues from Noah Preminger before we journey back in time for early jazz. The podcast concludes with great piano playing from Renee Rosnes and Kenny Barron. 

Featured Album

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - Real Enemies

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jeff Beck ~ I Ain’t Superstitious ~ Truth
SFJazz Collective ~ Superstitious ~ Music of Stevie Wonder and New Compositions: Live in New York
Dave Stryker ~ I Can’t Get Next To You ~ Eig [...]

JM 75th Birthday
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0500

The center of this podcast is a celebration of John McLaughlin’s 75th birthday. From his first solo release to Mahavishnu Orchestra to Shakti, represents his most creative period in my view. Another highlight in this podcast is Renee Rosnes’ latest release Written in the Rocks. Other artists review here are Eddie Henderson, Ed Fast, Buster Williams and Miles Davis.

Featured Album

Renee Rosnes, Written in the Rocks

Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Eddie Henderson ~ Morning Song ~ Collective Portrait
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Nature Boy ~ Do or Die
John McLaughlin ~ Extrapolation ~ Extrapolation
Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ You Know You Know ~ The Inner Mounting Flame
Mahavishnu Orche [...]