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The online jazz interview show hosted by Jason Crane.




The Jazz Session #478: Champian Fulton

Pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton returns to the show to discuss her 10th album, The Stylings of Champian. In this interview, Champian talks about her very busy touring schedule and how she maintains it; the band reunion that led to the new album; her approach to selecting repertoire; and more. Learn more and find tour … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #478: Champian Fulton"


The Jazz Session #477: Moppa Elliott

Bassist Moppa Elliott is the founder of the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing. He’s just released a new triple-album under his own name called Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band. It features three very different bands playing his music. In this interview Elliott talks about the genesis of the project; the benefits of camaraderie and … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #477: Moppa Elliott"


The Jazz Session #476: Mike Baggetta

Guitarist Mike Baggetta’s new album is Wall Of Flowers (2019, BIG EGO Records). The album features bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges) and drummer Jim Keltner (everyone you’ve ever heard of). In this interview, Baggetta talks about how this unlikely trio came to be; what he strives for as a musician and improviser; why he … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #476: Mike Baggetta"


The Jazz Session #475: Chris Greene

Saxophonist Chris Greene just released PlaySpace, a live album recorded with his long-time band. In this interview, Greene talks about the music on the album and why he likes playing with his bandmates; funk, jazz, accessibility and secret handshakes; the musicians and bands who’ve influenced his approach to making music; and why it’s OK for … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #475: Chris Greene"


The Jazz Session #474: Brandee Younger

Harpist Brandee Younger’s most recent record is Wax & Wane. In this interview, she talks about the particular challenges of improvising on the harp; how she was introduced to improvised music and the trial by fire she faced from Kenny Garrett; her recording process; the great harpists who’ve gone before her; and more. Learn more … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #474: Brandee Younger"


The Jazz Session #473: Ben Wendel

Saxophonist and bassoonist Ben Wendel’s latest album is The Seasons. The album began as a series of YouTube duets, which have now been recast for a full band. In this interview, Wendel talks about the origins of the video project; reaching people with music in the era of social media; his band Kneebody and their … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #473: Ben Wendel"


TJS Patreon Bonus: January 2019

Welcome to the completely re-imagined bonus show for members of The Jazz Session! I’m really happy with how this turned out, and this is the general smorgasbord format I’ll be using going forward. This episode is going out on the main feed, too, as a means of encouraging YOU to support The Jazz Session. In … Continue reading "TJS Patreon Bonus: January 2019"


The Jazz Session #472: Tim Lefebvre

Bassist Tim Lefebvre was a longtime member of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and played on David Bowie’s final album. Along with other members of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, he formed Whose Hat Is This?, an improvising collective. Their new album with MC and vocalist Kokayi is Everything’s OK. In this interview, Lefebvre talks about his … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #472: Tim Lefebvre"


The Jazz Session #471: Bobby Broom

Guitarist Bobby Broom’s latest album is Soul Fingers (MRi, 2018). In this interview, Broom talks about his most recent tour with Steely Dan; the genesis of his new band; how he ended up working with producer Steve Jordan; and why he continues to find musical inspiration from the pop and rock songs of his youth. … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #471: Bobby Broom"


The Jazz Session #470: Jean Rohe

Singer-songwriter Jean Rohe’s new album is called Sisterly. In this interview, Rohe talks about art and the patriarchy; our role in standing up for what’s right; songwriting and performance as tools of social change; and the very different sonic landscape of this new recording. Learn more at Support the show! Become a member for … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #470: Jean Rohe"


The Jazz Session #469: Wayne Horvitz

Pianist and composer Wayne Horvitz has two new albums out: a trio recording called The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines), and an orchestral album called Those Who Remain (National Sawdust Tracks). In this interview Horvitz talks about the unusual circumstances that led to the trio album; composing versus performing; working with Bill Frisell; and much more. Learn … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #469: Wayne Horvitz"


The Jazz Session #468: Walter Smith III

Saxophonist Walter Smith III’s new album is called Twio. It features a program of standards played by Smith with bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Eric Harland. Smith is on a half-dozen albums coming out in the latter half of 2018, several of which are discussed in the interview. He also talks about his time at … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #468: Walter Smith III"


The Jazz Session #467: Helen Sung

Pianist Helen Sung‘s new album is Sung With Words, a collaboration with poet Dana Gioia that features both spoken word and also Gioia’s words set to music. In this interview, Sung talks about how they met and decided to work together; why she is constantly trying to learn new skills; her faith and how it … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #467: Helen Sung"


The Jazz Session #466: Stefon Harris

Vibraphonist, educator and app developer Stefon Harris’s new album is Sonic Creed. In this interview, Harris discusses the responsibilities of his generation of musicians; how his album is an expression of the current state of African-American life in the U.S.; and why empathy is the focus of his life. Learn more at Support the … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #466: Stefon Harris"


The Jazz Session #465: Adi Meyerson

Bassist Adi Meyerson grew up in Israel, discovered jazz in her late teens, got into a conservatory for upright bass a few months after picking up the instrument, and then made her way to the New School in New York. Six years after moving to the US, she’s released her debut album, Where We Stand, … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #465: Adi Meyerson"


TJS Patreon Bonus #001: Sonny Rollins’ Freedom Suite (Richard Kamins)

This is the first bonus episode for Patreon subscribers! However, I’m releasing this one on the main feed so everyone can hear it and get an idea for what these will sound like. In this episode, writer, broadcaster and educator Richard Kamins talks about the album Freedom Suite by Sonny Rollins. You can read Richard’s … Continue reading "TJS Patreon Bonus #001: Sonny Rollins’ Freedom Suite (Richard Kamins)"


The Jazz Session #464: Sara Gazarek

Vocalist Sara Gazarek has been reinventing herself recently, and she’s about to release an album that shows new sides as a performer, writer, arranger, and bandleader. In this interview, Gazarek talks about the road to her current music; how Kurt Elling helped her decide to form a new band; how she finds the courage to … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #464: Sara Gazarek"


The Jazz Session #463: Dmitri Matheny

Dmitri Matheny is a flugelhornist, composer, writer, comic book collector, dog enthusiast and bandleader. In this interview we talk about his road dog; his love for noir and how it led to his latest album; the legacy of Art Farmer; and collecting Green Lantern comics. Find Dmitri online at and follow him on Twitter … Continue reading "The Jazz Session #463: Dmitri Matheny"


Season 11 Teaser & Patreon Announcement

The Jazz Session returns on September 1, 2018! You can support the show right now at Just $5 a month gets you bonus content! Thanks!


The Jazz Session #462: Darcy James Argue

Darcy James Argue came to Penn State to perform Brooklyn Babylon, so I invited him on my morning show along with two of his collaborators. Here’s the interview in its entirety. Does this mean The Jazz Session is coming back? Perhaps.