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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.




Episode 20: Louis Hayes in the Doodlin' Lounge

Drummer Louis Hayes has always held a special place in my musical heart mainly because of his association with my main man, Horace Silver. As I collected jazz albums through the years (owning most if not all of Horace's recordings), I learned more about Louis and came to appreciate all that he had done with the Horace Silver Quintet as well as with Cannonball Adderley's groups and others. This interview goes back a few years but it presents Louis in a honest and inspiring manner. As Alvin...


Episode 19: Clifton Anderson in the Doodlin' Lounge

Trombonist, Clifton Anderson, has a new recording out that truly nails our current situation to the wall. His title track says it all: 'Been Down This Road Before'. The story of racial unrest in this country has once again brought us all to the question of 'why we can't move past even the simplest of solutions to peace love and harmony amongst us all. Clifton further embellishes this great music by relating personal stories about himself - as the nephew of Sonny Rollins - and how he gained...


Episode 18: Ruth Brown in the Doodlin' Lounge

In celebration of Black History Month this 2021, I've retrieved an interview and music mix from several years back. Ruth had suffered a significant stroke later in her life but had been in rehab for a number of months by the time this interview was recorded. Her speech was back and her will to live (and get back on stage) was strong. She talks about how it was for Black musicians back in the day and the situation that exists today. Her music is timeless and her personality within the music...


Episode 17: Jamie Davis in the Doodlin' Lounge

Vocalist Jamie Davis shares his music and conversation in this episode. He has been associated with the Count Basie band for a lot of us but also has a vast resume involving engagements all around the world. In this episode he discusses his early influences and offers the origin of his vocal career in an organ combo. His rich baritone voice will amaze those who are unfamiliar with his style and reinforce the rest of us as to his prowess in the world of vocal jazz. Jamie is one of the nicest...


Episode 16: Michel Petrucciani in the Doodlin' Lounge PLUS Alvin Queen

This podcast features an older interview I did with the late pianist, Michel Petrucciani before he performed for us at a fund raising event in the Bay Area. Michel passed a few years after this at the age of 36. It was a real pleasure for me to chat with him albeit a short conversation. I remember him as an easy-going guy with a great sense of humor and relaxed attitude in spite of the obvious struggles he lived with. I was surprised to hear that he played the Hammond organ in a family organ...


Episode 15: Bobby Watson in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist Bobby Watson joins me in my Doodlin' Lounge for the first time. Known for his work with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (musical Director for 4 and a half years) - his own groups like Horizon and the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet - Bobby has spent a great deal of time educating students as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (recently retired last May) and is now recording for the SMOKE label (Keepin' It Real & Made in...


Episode 14: Cory Weeds in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist Cory Weeds returns to my Doodlin' Lounge with a brand new date: O Sole Mio and lots of good information about the recording industry in this day and age. Using the Groover Quartet of Mike LeDonne, Cory and Company breeze through nine tracks, all with a nod to Italy (or, as Cory writes: music from the motherland). Cory's record label, Cellar Live, is among the best in the business. His work as a label owner, together with his own radio program out of Toronto and all the...


Episode 13: Jerry Weldon in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist Jerry Weldon is a phenom. He's a consummate performer and gives his all every time he steps onto a stage. In fact, Jerry can perform on the streets of NYC - as he did a few weeks ago - and give people who pass by an unforgettable view into the life of a pure jazz musician. He's 'old school' in his approach to the music and yet he can hang with the best in the business - young or old. He loves the Blues and can't help but swing no matter what style of music is required of him....


Episode 12: Samara Joy McLendon in the Doodlin' Lounge

Vocalist Samara Joy is truly a rising star who will soon be known in most if not all 'jazz circles'. This interview and scan of some of her personal audio files represents the threshold of an amazing career. Samara is finishing-up her senior year at Suny College as I write this and anxiously awaits the release of her first recording session in late January or early February 2021. She already has, to her credit, the first place award from the 2019 Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competition and 'the word'...


Episode 11: Eric Alexander in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist Eric Alexander has been on the scene for decades now and has earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and music fans all around the world. Often associated with Mike Le Donne's 'Groover Quartet', Eric has also worked closely with Charles Earland, Harold Mabern, David Hazeltine and a host of other pianists/organists worldwide. His discography is more than impressive (most releases coming from the High Note label) and his skill levels at composing and arranging have added...


Episode 10: Dena DeRose in the Doodlin' Lounge

Pianist, vocalist and educator, Dena DeRose continues to thrill us with marvelous recordings while she enters her sixteenth year of teaching in Graz, Austria as a Professor of Vocal Jazz. Her most recent CD (Ode to the Road) on High Note records bolsters her dedication to the music and pays respect to the vocalist (Sheila Jordan) who began the program that Dena has been so closely associated all these years. Dena's honesty both on the bandstand and off is most evident. She has been on a...


Episode 9: Greg Lewis (Organ Monk) in the Doodlin' Lounge

Greg Lewis is a pianist and organist who has created both an image and a sound in the world of Jazz Organ. Greg goes by the moniker, Organ Monk, and it has served him well through the last five recordings he has given us. The Organ Monk will often appear at the console of the Hammond organ wearing a dark brown robe (with hood) as if a real monk has emerged from the hallways of a cathedral to sit and play the organ. The material Greg chooses is more often than not tunes from Thelonious Monk's...


Episode 8: Mike Le Donne in the Doodlin' Lounge

Pianist/Organist, Mike Le Donne returns to my Doodlin' Lounge with an up date on his career and what he's been doing during these nutty times. With a new CD coming out next Spring (recorded in the nick of time earlier this year), Mike has much to say about his new music and opinions to share about what is going on in today's music. Mike's 'Groover Quartet' (Eric Alexander, Pete Bernstein and Joe Farnsworth) has been churning out hip organ grooves for numerous years now and the quartet is...


Jazzmeia Horn in the Doodlin' Lounge

Vocalist and song stylist, Jazzmeia Horn, has been a breath of fresh air for the music industry ever since her arrival on the scene several years ago. She not only performs her songs in a most unique manner but she creates amazing on-stage imagery - composing her own songs; wearing clothes that she has designed herself; writing lyrics that reflect the times that we live in and revealing the most sensitive to the most provocative aspects of our jazz music. Her last two recordings: 'A Social...


Benny Benack III in the Doodlin' Lounge

With two great CDs under his belt already and accolades galore, trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack the 3rd is poised for post-pandemic stardom. Coming from an illustrious musical family, Benny knows what it's like to embrace the entire gamut of American Classical Music. His trumpet chops are admired by all and his singing voice has placed him in the finals of next year's 'Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competition' in Newark, New Jersey. Benny composes and arranges his own music; he collaborates with...


Tiffany Austin in the Doodlin' Lounge

Vocalist, Tiffany Austin's star has been rising for a number of years now. We, here in the Bay Area, have marveled at her song styling and we take great pride in the trajectory of her career so far. She has performed in London and Japan and throughout the US while studying for a degree in Law (which she has attained). She has two very successful recordings under her belt which have done well throughout the world: 'Nothing but Soul' and 'Unbroken' (both on the Con Alma record label). Tiffany...


Camille Thurman & Darrell Green in the Doodlin' Lounge

Saxophonist and vocalist, Camille Thurman and drummer, Darrell Green have teamed-up in recent months to create an exciting new and innovated jazz duo. Camille has already established an amazing resume for herself which has included a two year stint with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra among other experiences. She teaches at the college level; has traveled the world with the JALCO and continues to perform and record in a variety of environments. Drummer Darrell Green regularly features his...


Barry Stephenson in the Doodlin' Lounge

Bassist Barry Stephenson comes to the bandstand with a rich background in New Orleans flavors and textures. His newest release (The Iconoclast) offers an array of rhythmic beats and sonic possibilities. The instrumentation is unique and the production value brought by Nicholas Payton makes this product stand-out above the current flock of Bassist-led efforts. I know you'll enjoy this music as well as the cultured dialog that Barry provides.


Michael Dease in the Doodlin' Lounge

Michael Dease is a fascinating musician who, at 38 years of age, has already established himself in the music world as a 'first-call' trombonist and renown jazz educator. Known for his mastery of brass instruments, the fact is that Mike plays woodwinds (particularly the tenor and baritone saxophones) equally as well. He has been a prolific recording artist (Posi-Tone Records) and performed on stage with some of the greatest musicians we have in today's jazz. Mike is a great conversationalist...


Eddie Henderson in the Doodlin' Lounge

Trumpeter and Flugelhornist,Eddie Henderson has been one of our busiest jazz musicians in recent years. Not only is Eddie producing some fantastic hardbop recordings (live, mind you) under the SMOKE Sessions label but he's been recording and performing with an All-Star ensemble (The Cookers) managed by fellow trumpeter, David Weiss, for well over a decade. Eddie's music has gone through numerous transitions and manifestations but the core of his musical soul is always present as evidenced in...