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Here in my Doodlin' Lounge we try to take you on a musical fantasy. We search the globe for musicians with soulful messages and playful hearts.

Here in my Doodlin' Lounge we try to take you on a musical fantasy. We search the globe for musicians with soulful messages and playful hearts.
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Here in my Doodlin' Lounge we try to take you on a musical fantasy. We search the globe for musicians with soulful messages and playful hearts.




Eric Wyatt in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist, Eric Wyatt has a new release on Whaling City Sound (The Golden Rule...for Sonny) that pays homage to the one and only Sonny Rollins. As a family friend, Sonny spent a lot of time with Eric's father and mother and even referred to Eric as his Godson. The influence of Sonny Rollins on Eric is certainly realized within the tracks of this recording... and the life-lessons passed down from Sonny to Eric add such meaning to the music. I think you will 'The Golden Rule...' to be most...


Interview with saxophonist Connie Lester

In light of Conrad 'Connie' Lester's recent passing, I bring this November 30, 2005 interview back out for your enjoyment. I was fortunate to have found Connie at home one night and recorded this phone conversation. He spoke of the many musicians who he played with and shared information with me as I researched the great jazz organists of the Newark, New Jersey area. My sincere best wishes and condolences go out to the Lester Family


Orrin Evans in the Doodlin' Lounge

Pianist Orrin Evans has been one of our most exciting performers and recording artists in recent times. Through a couple dozen recorded efforts he has revealed his exciting, innovative style and individualist approach to music. Whether leading his own groups; commanding the attention of his Captain Black Big Band or lending his musical mind to the Bad Plus, Orrin is ready, willing and able to contribute on the highest level. In this, his second visit to my fantasy Doodlin' Lounge, Orrin...


Gloria Coleman in the Doodlin' Lounge

Gloria Coleman was born on this day, July 24, in New York City. I won't mention the year because she always left that out of any and all conversations. She once told me; "Don't ask me anything about my past because I don't remember nothin!" All kidding aside, Gloria was a true pioneer in jazz music - not because she was a woman fighting for identity but because she was a musician's musician. With friends like Shirley Scott, Etta Jones, Sonny Stitt and Ernie Wilkens, she forged ahead...


Billy James in the Doodlin' Lounge

This Doodlin' Lounge radio show was produced some nineteen years ago in celebration of both Billy James and his long time friend and music companion, Don Patterson. It was during the time of the Republican convention in Philadelphia when I called Billy and recorded this phone conversation. The music of Don Patterson and Billy is featured throughout... Enjoy!


Lucas Brown in the Doodlin' Lounge

Philadelphia-based organist, Lucas Brown, is truly a rising star. Since his entrance into the Jazz Organ World, he has made long and steady strides: playing with the creme de la creme in the music industry. He has distinguished himself as a top shelf performer, notable composer and respected educator. As his circle of musical friends expands so does his reputation as a musician who cares about the music and the jazz organ legacy created by his city.


Andreas Hellkvist in the Doodlin' Lounge

Andreas Hellkvist is a young and gifted organist who lives in Uppsala, Sweden. He was inspired to play the Hammond organ after hearing the exciting Pierre Sward perform. Pierre soon became Andreas' mentor and gave him preliminary lessons on the organ to get him started. Andreas - who loves all kinds of music - has since developed an extraordinary style which encompasses the tradition jazz organ sounds as well as the exciting jazz organ styles exemplified by Joey DeFrancesco and others. His...


Jackie Ryan in the Doodlin' Lounge

Jackie Ryan has been one of our premier jazz vocalists and song stylists for many years. With numerous recordings that boast some of the best instrumentalists in the world, Jackie is prepared for world-class performances and crowd-pleasing experiences where ever she goes. She possesses the linguistic skills necessary to deliver authentic vocals to a diverse cultural fan-base. I was honored to chat with Jackie and sample some of her recorded gems in my Doodlin' Lounge. Enjoy one of America's...


Bill Easley in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist Bill Easley is 'easily' one of the best guests I've ever had in my Doodlin' Lounge. Never lost for words, Bill has real history in this music we call jazz and can conjure-up the most entertaining stories that seem to fit perfectly with his music and mindset. Moving from Memphis to North Carolina did not affect Bill's mobility nor did it hinder his status among the top-shelf musicians of today. The conversation you will hear in this Doodlin' Lounge was captured after he drove...


Ken Nordine in the Doodlin' Lounge

R.I.P. Ken Nordine (4/13/20 - 2/16/19) . One of/if not the greatest ever, voice talent... I feel very fortunate to have had this conversation with him a couple of years ago


Duncan McMillan in the Doodlin' Lounge

Duncan McMillan belongs to the not-so-young generation of jazz organists who sprung from the music of Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland and others of that mid-seventies period. Pittsburgh-born, Bill Heid (who spent a great deal of time in Detroit) influenced young Duncan to a large degree. It was Bill's connection to the veterans of jazz organ that inspired Duncan to move forward with his own dream of becoming a jazz organist. He has come a long way in his development and reveals his deep love...


Azure McCall in the Doodlin' Lounge

Vocalist Azure McCall is my guest in this episode of the Doodlin' Lounge. Originally from the Bay Area, Azure spent 46 years living and singing professionally in Hawaii becoming Hawaii's Favorite Jazz Singer. Now, back in the Bay Area, she's re-establishing her position as one of the top vocalists and performers on the west coast. With at least three fabulous CDs under her belt she now prepares herself for a return to the limelight. Enjoy her sparkling personality and divine music in the...