Virginia Schenck is a nationally recoginized music therapist. She's also a talented music educator, a powerful vocalist and creative arranger. GLT's Jon Norton caught up with Schenk via Skype last week to talk about her music, Joni Mitchell, and her...
Vocalist Steve Tyrell got his break when his recording and performance of "The Way You Look Tonight" was included in the movie "Father of the Bride." Since then, he’s released nearly a dozen albums of primarily songs from the Great American songbook....
Tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky caught a break as a teenager when Ray Charles asked him to join his band. Since his time with Ray, Wilensky has recorded a number of solo albums, and has played as a sideman with other giants in the music business,...
One of the more unique jazz lineups in central Illinois is an 8 piece band featuring 5 trombones. GLT's Jon Norton talks with bandleader Scott Marsh about their new CD "Main Street Blues," available after Feb 15 @...
On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with 28 year old pianist Justin Kauflin, who says a physical limitation that developed as a child helped popel him more quickly into what's become a thriving music career. You can purchase Kauflin's...
Pianist Larry Fuller caught a break at age 13 when Count Basie band member Candy Johnson took the budding keyboardist under his wing. In his late teens, Fuller was traveling the midwest jazz circuit, and eventually became the pianist and music...
Bari-sax player Glenn Wilson is out with a new live album, titled "Timely." On this podcast, Wilson talks with GLT's Jon Norton about the album, his mentor Pepper Adams, and how his playing has matured since his time in New York City. We start with a...
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
We last heard from the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet in 2012 with the release of their "Hustlin' For a Gig" album. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, leader Ginny Carr previews the quartet's new album, and talks about their collaboration with saxophonist...
Derrick Bang, episode 3
On the previous GLT Jazz Next podcast, "Vince Guaraldi at the Piano" author Derrick Bang shared the story of how Guaraldi's Top-40 hit song "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" was heard by the creators of the "Peanuts" cartoon specials, and how that led to...
Derrick Bang, episode 2
In episode #2 of this three part series, "Vince Guaraldi at the Piano" author Derrick Bang narrates the unlikely set of circumstances that led the creators of the "Peanuts" TV series to the man who would write and perform the magical music that became...
Derrick Bang, episode 1
Having already authored several books on Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, Derrick Bang's latest book chronicles the life of Vince Guaraldi, the man who wrote the music for the animated Peanuts specials that starred Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and...
Pianist Mike Longo worked as Dizzy Gillespie's Music Director for 9 years beginning in the mid 1960's and had a lifelong relationship with Gillespie after that. Longo was also a student of pianist Oscar Peterson. Longo talks with Jon Norton about both...
The Hot Sardines are a new "Hot Jazz" band based in New York City having a lot success. Their debut album is getting critical raves, and the band is already touring the world. Last week, GLT's Jon Norton talked via Skype to the bands vocalist and...
New York City based vocalist Kelley Suttenfield teams with guitarist and long-time collaborator Tony Romano on the new CD "Among the Stars." On this GLT Jazz Next podcast, Suttenfield explains why she calls herself an "acoustic" jazz vocalist, where...
David Basse is a jazz historian, ambassador, radio host, and vocalist. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Basse talks from his studio in Kansas City to Jon Norton about his new album, [ which you can purchase at:...
On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, vocalist Nancy Kelly tells Jon Norton where her love of working with Hammond B-3 players comes from, and why she incorporated the instrument in her latest album "B That Way," which you can purchase at:...
Sammy Figueroa & Glaucia Nasser
Sammy Figueroa is one of the most in demand percussionist in the music business. He's played alongside jazz greats including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and The Brecker Brothers, as well as pop stars such as Mariah Carey, Chaka Kahn, and David Bowie....
Curtis Stigers got his start in pop music in the early 1990's. Later in the decade, he shifted his focus to the jazz he so loved as a young man growing up in Boise Idaho. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, we talk with Stigers about that musical shift,...
Cory Weeds is an integral part of the Vancouver, British Columbia jazz scene. He's a tenor player who runs his own record label. As the artistic director of a local foundation, he currently books world class jazz musicians at local venues, and just...
Vibraphonist Christian Tamburr has traveled the world performing with names including Julio Iglasias. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 as assistant composer and music director of a new show in China. He's opened for Harry Connick Jr, played with...
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