|In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond|
|Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:00:00 -0500|
Before we get to the duets, we hear from one of my favorite JMac albums Demon’s Dance. That is followed by two sax players with Connecticut roots. Nick Biello and Noah Preminger. Both have new recordings, Biello his premier, and Preminger with plenty. Then the duets: Preminger/Carlberg, Cohen/Hersch, Haden/Metheny. Salim Washington is back, and Sameer Gupta gives us Indian/Jazz fusion.
|Blakey & Miles|
|Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:02:46 -0500|
A set of early Blakey and Miles. They are bookended by Lovano covering Trane and a Duet featuring Metheny and Mehldau. Finally a gorgeous rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Halleluja as covered by the Manual Valera Trio.
|The Gonz and more|
|Sun, 25 Feb 2018 12:59:02 -0500|
At the center of this podcast is music from Jerry Bergonzi who performs on Monday nights at the Lillypad along with George Garzone and the Fringe. First we here from great pianists Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner and Zaccai Curtis. Hartford’s saxophonist Jovan Alexander preceeds the Bergonzi set. The podcast concludes with Manuel Valera (piano) and his trio.
|Trane & Miles covers|
|Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:27:33 -0500|
Two of my favorite standards are covered here. Dig vocal and instrumental covers of Trane’s Moment Notice, then Miles’ So What. Following that is a jazz voyage with Hancock and Pharoah. Then we pay tribute to the victims and families of the Parkland shootings with music from Rob Garcia, Noah Baerman and Noah Preminger. The podcast concludes with Ellington’s Jeep Blues.
|Runs the Jazz Gamut|
|Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:20:33 -0500|
This podcast runs the gamut of modern jazz styles. We begin with a classic piano trio from jazz master Ahmad Jamal. Then creative nonet arrangements from newcomer Dan Pugach. That is followed by early jazz/rock fusion from Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and George Duke. Finally you will hear guitarist Bill Frisell with his version of a surfer classic.
|Nicole and Dan plus Jazz Grammys|
|Sun, 04 Feb 2018 10:19:11 -0500|
Had a great time interviewing Nicole Zuraitis (vocals, piano) and her husband Dan Pugach (drums, arranger) about their new album releases and upcoming gigs. You will get to hear from their new CD’s, Nicole’s Hive Mind and Dan’s Nonet Plus One. Following the interveiw is a review of the 2018 Grammy Awards in the Jazz categories.
|Opening Borders with Earl MacDonald|
|Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:50:29 -0500|
In this epidsode pianist, composer, arranger and educator Earl MacDonald joins me in an interesting discussion. We delve into Open Borders of the musical, political and social kind. By the way, Open Borders is the name of Professor MacDonalds latest album with a 10tet. We also put Earl through the Blindfold Test and get his reactions to a wide range of pianists and jazz styles.
|Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:38:22 -0500|
In these days of political chaos and division, truth does matter. We are reminded of that through music from Noah Baerman (Satyagrahi) and Kamasi Washington (Truth) at the center of this podcast. Those tunes are sandwiched between classic jazz from Miles and Blakey, and a jazz/fusion set featuring Haque, Mahavishnu and new from Chick/Gadd.
|MLK Day 2018|
|Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:38:09 -0500|
My annual podcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with jazz music. This year it takes on even more importance following the racism displayed by the man in the White House. Perhaps some good can come from this incident by awakening the good people of this country to stand up and resist racism and injustice in our society with non-violence as Dr. King would have wanted.
|JM 76 Birthday|
|Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:01:02 -0500|
This podcast celebrates the birthday of jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin. We play his music in several different settings to show the depth of his artistry and innovation. Most of this show has (Mahavishnu) John McLaughlin as a leader, but there are also tracks as a sideman. His work with Miles Davis is legendary. The podcast ends with an unrelated track from a CTI release of Milt Jackson playing Hubbard’s Sunflower.
|My 2017 Favorite Releases|
|Mon, 01 Jan 2018 12:09:37 -0500|
2017 was a great year for new jazz releases. There were so many great new albums that this extended podcast is 2 3/4 hours in length. Happy New Years to all my podcast listeners. Looking forward to more great music (and a change in politics) in the coming year.
|Best of 17 and Nutcracker|
|Sat, 23 Dec 2017 18:41:38 -0500|
Let’s begin with a Christmas tune from Hartford alumni “The Human Race” led by Dane Scazzari. Then some of the great releases of 2017. Finally you will hear in its entirety Ellington/Strayhorn’s arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite, inspired by the Tchaikovsky classic.