#13 Laura Lizcano
Laura Lizcano is a Colombian jazz vocalist and songwriter based in Philadelphia. Influenced by artists like Norah Jones and Natalia LaFourcade, Lizcano crafts lyrically driven compositions that blend elements of jazz, folk, and pop. Lizcano was born in the city of Bogotá, Colombia and, as a child, emigrated to a small, rural town in the United States. In her late teens, she moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Jazz Performance. As a student, she had the opportunity to perform at the...
#12 Willard Jenkins
Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant, artistic director/curator, producer, writer and editor, operating under his ‘Open Sky Jazz’ banner. During his extremely productive career, Mr. Jenkins has served as artistic director for the Tri-C JazzFest, BeanTown Jazz Festival, Lost Jazz Shrines, and Jazz in Progress. He collaborated on ‘African Rhythms’, Randy Weston’s autobiography. He has taught Jazz history at Cleveland State University and the online course ‘Imagine Africa’ at Kent...
#11 Alexa Tarantino
Alexa Tarantino is an award-winning jazz saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, and educator. She performs and tours regularly as a leader and sidewoman in a wide variety of ensembles and genres including Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Cécile McLorin Salvant's OGRESSE, Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, LSAT, and the Alexa Tarantino Quartet Alexa is an artist on the Posi-Tone Records label. Which released...
#10 Sandy Eldred
My guest today is one of the most versatile and commanding bassists in Philadelphia, Sandy Eldred. His big sound, and innovative ideas have made him a top call both in the US and abroad. He’s played in many of my favorite large ensembles including the South Philly Big Band, Slow Burn, Norman David’s Eleventet, and Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound. As well as a founding member of wildly energetic U.S.E. Trio, which as grammy nomination season is upon us, gets my vote. In...
#9 Matt Scarano
My guest today is one of the most versatile drummers I've ever met, Matt Scarano. His mastery of odd-time meters, combined with his sense of swing, and ability to deliver far-reaching musical narratives have made him a preeminent performer and educator. Lately he’s been on several major tours with SPAGA Band and Matisyahu as well as cultivating his own project U.S.E. Trio in collaboration with Sandy Eldred, and Andrew Urbina, as well as, carrying the torch of Philly homegrown concert...
#8 Lydia Liebman
My guest today is Lydia Liebman, founder and CEO of Lydia Liebman Promotions, a boutique public relations agency and consulting firm based in New York City, and London. Their roster of artists is mind-blowing from Orrin Evans, Emma Frank, Ben Wolfe, Brandee Younger, The Curtis Brother, Roxy Coss, Ralph Peterson, the list seems endless, so I’ll leave it there. In our interview, we talk about how she got involved in the business side of Jazz, how she grew her company from helping out some...
#7 Gerald Veasley
My guest today is bassist Gerald Veasley. Philadelphia Native, Gerald has brought his 6-string bass all over the world performing with Grover Washington Jr., Joe Zawinul, McCoy Tyner, and Odean Pope to name a few. I’ve gotten to know Gerald through his work as president of Jazz Philadelphia, a non-profit seeking to strengthen and elevate the Jazz ecosystem in our city. Although this is a conversation between two bassists, we don’t actually talk about bass that much. Most of the conversation...
#6 V. Shayne Frederick
V. Shayne Frederick is not only one of my favorite vocalists on the Philly Scene, he’s one of my favorite vocalists anywhere. He’s got this old school sensibility that melds with a modernist sense of adventure into a kaleidoscope of Jazz history That is uniquely his, of all the vocalists I’ve heard nobody sounds like V. Shayne. He can really keep musicians and audience members on their toes and hangin on every note. He just released his first album “Lovesome”, which you absolutely have to...
#5 Justin Faulkner
Today I sat down in the ever lively Clark Park, home of the Annual Community Unity Festival, with Philadelphia Jazz Icon Justin Faulkner. Brought up in a musical household, extremely gifted, and infinitely motivated he began his professional career at thirteen. Since then he has played with Jazz royalty such as Jimmy Heath, Orrin Evans, Sean Jones, Tim Warfield, Pharoah Sanders, Terence Blanchard, Jacky Terrasson, Christian McBride, and perhaps best known as drummer for the Branford Marsalis...
#4 Henry Tirfe
Today’s guest is saxophonist Henry Tirfe. This young man has a truly impressive resume, including working with: The Roots, Joey DeFrancesco, Chill Moody, Solange Knowles, Patti LaBelle, Jay Bratten, Robin Eubanks, Ted Nash, Killiam Shakespeare, and many other artists. Tirfe is also a two time "Outstanding Soloist" winner at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. We had a great conversation in Fairmount Park, about life on the road, playing in Philly horn sections, Roy Hargrove, his clothing...
#3 Tim Warfield
My guest today is the man. Tim Warfield. Legend. He’s shared the stage with everyone from Donald Byrd, to Marcus Miller, to Christian McBride, to Shirley Scott, to Nicholas Payton, Charles Fambrough, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, and that is the extremely abridged version. But what is most impressive to me is how he encourages, energizes, and leads the next generation. Our conversation was super inspiring as we jumped around from various topics including fashion, conquering...
#2: Dariel Peniazek
Long form interview with guitarist, tresero, and 2019 Kimmel Center Jazz Residency composer, Dariel Peniazek
#1: Josh Lawrence
Wide ranging interview with critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated trumpeter, composer, and arranger Josh Lawrence. Heralded by Downbeat Magazine as the "preeminent voice among young composers", he is a member of Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, Co-founder of the Fresh Cut Orchestra, and leader of his own group through several evolutions from his Color Theory Band to Triptych. www.joshlawrencejazz.com