Cyrus Chestnut was a student of legendary jazz pianist John Hicks, and is an alum of the Betty Carter band. He's also one of the great jazz pianists playing today. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with Chestnut about Hicks, Carter,...
Mike LeDonne is an internationally regarded jazz pianist and organist. Early in his career he played with Benny Goodman, Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins and many other now legendary jazz names. He's played on over 100 albums as a sideman, and has recorded...
Vocalist Jackie Allen grew in a musical family in Wisconsin. Her recording career began when she moved to Chicago in the late 1980's. Today, she and her family live among some of the most intense college football fans in the world in Lincoln,...
Louis Prima, Jr
Louis Prima Jr is the youngest son of legendary bandleader Louis Prima Sr. Like his father years ago, Jr. is the leader of an entertaining, fun big band. But unlike his father, Prima Jr didn't make music a full time profession until he was in his...
Zan Stewart has been playing the saxophone and leading bands since the 1960's, but his work as a jazz critic is what put bread on his family's table since the 1970's. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Stewart talks to Jon Norton about his debut CD...
New York City based pianist/songwriter Lenore Raphael grew up admiring the music of great jazz pianists, including Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, among others. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks to Raphael about her new album "Love...
Saxophonist Elias Haslanger traveled the world as a member of the Maynard Ferguson Band in the early 2000's. Since 2004, he's lived in his hometown of Austin, and plays a regular gig on Monday's nights at "The Gallery" nightclub in Austin. His new CD...
One of the exciting young voices in jazz, Porter is a Grammy nominee who's third release, "Be Good" is one of the finest vocal jazz releases of 2012. On this podcast, Porter talks about jazz, his mothers influence on his life, and his new CD, which...
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,...
"Harlem-Kingston Express" is the title of the new CD from pianist Monty Alexander, who titled the album to highlight the relationship between the jazz of New York City in the 1960's, and the music he was hearing as a young boy growing up in Kingston,...
Tenor saxophonist Jeff Hackworth has played with some of the big names in jazz, pop, and rock, but says he gravites to the soulful jazz trio and quartet sounds he loved growing up in Buffalo, New York. On this GLT Jazz Next, Jon Norton talks with...
Jae Sinnett is a drummer, composer and educator living in Norfolk, Virginia. He has played with most of the big names in jazz today, and many who who have since passed on. In his own words, Sinnett guides you through his latest CD "Still Standing,"...
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...
During Jazz Appreciation Month, GLT's Jon Norton is talking with young jazz musicians, educators and students and is discovering a sense of optimism regarding this aging art form. In the second of this four part series, Jon catches up with a Normal...
In April during Jazz Appreciation month, GLT's Jon Norton talks with young jazz musicians, educators and students from the Bloomington/Normal to canvass their thoughts on this aging art form. In the first of this four part series, Norton catches up...
Resonance Records has just released a live recording of Freddie Hubbard from the famous Keystone Korner Jazz Club. On this podcast, Todd Barkan, former Keystone Korner owner (and now Program director at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, as well as Jazz @...
New York City pianist and composer Leslie Pintichik is a talented literary writer, song composer and pianist. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Pintchik talks about her new CD "In the Nature of Things," and why she feels it's important for all people...
It was nearly 50 years ago that pianist Ramsey Lewis had a Billboard Top-5 hit with his cover of Dobie Gray's "The In Crowd." Lewis is still recording and performing from his hometown of Chicago. On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, Lewis reveals how he...
It's been nearly seven years since Dianne Reeves appeared during the inaugural season of the then newly renovated Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Reeves is considered one of the great jazz vocalists of our time, and she continues to tour...
As the organist for Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, Kaminski has one of the more unique and fun jobs in America. But he's also a serious jazz cat, as you can hear on his new release "Swingin' On The New Hammond." On this podcast, Kaminski...
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