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Interviews with legends, visionaries, and distruptors of the Jazz scene. Covering a wide-range of topics including, practice routines, tips, anecdotes, and what is going on now in Jazz.

Interviews with legends, visionaries, and distruptors of the Jazz scene. Covering a wide-range of topics including, practice routines, tips, anecdotes, and what is going on now in Jazz.


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Interviews with legends, visionaries, and distruptors of the Jazz scene. Covering a wide-range of topics including, practice routines, tips, anecdotes, and what is going on now in Jazz.






#23 Mike Boone

My guest today is Bassist Mike Boone. Patriarch of the Philly Jazz Scene, mentor to all, and one of the greatest musical minds I've ever come across. Originally from New York City, he moved to Philadelphia in 1983, after attending the Eastman School of music and touring with Ben Vereen and Buddy Rich. Mike is the top call in Philadelphia on both electric and upright bass, and is the torch-bearer of the Philly Jazz tradition. He has just released and re-released several amazing albums on...


#22 Hailey Brinnel

Hailey Brinnel is a trombonist, vocalist, and educator based in Philadelphia. At the age of 12 she began performing throughout New England with her father Dave Brinnel. Now she has performed at prestigious venues around the world, independently having played with artists such as Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Ingrid Jensen, Anat Cohen, Pell, and Charles Neville. Hailey is currently on faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and works independently as a guest...


#21 Andy Bianco

My guest today is Andy Bianco, guitarist, educator and composer based in Brooklyn. Originally from Pittsburgh, he graduated from Berklee College of Music before moving to NYC. His new album "NYC Stories" featuring George Burton and Wayne Escoffery is out on Outside in Music. In our conversation we talked about a wide range of topics including: moving to bigger scene, solo guitar concepts, composing, building a band and much more.

#20 Yesseh Furaha-Ali

My guest today is saxophonist Yesseh Furaha-Ali. He is one of Philadelphia's most in demand players whether he is holding it down with Omar's Hat at their World Café Live Residency or touring the world with Laurin Talese Yesseh brings a diversity of musical styles and master level story-telling to any situation. In our conversation, we talked about his five favorite albums of all time, dealing with the quarantine, staying positive, future projects and much more.

#19 Nick Finzer

My guest today is Nick Finzer; Trombonist, Educator, and founder of the NYC based record label Outside in Music. Famed trombonist and mentor Wycliffe Gordon called Finzer “a new voice [in] the pantheon of upcoming trombone greats in the making”. An accomplished educator, Finzer is the Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at the legendary University of North Texas, and serves as the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Institute for Creative Music. His latest album "Cast of Characters"...

#18 Tom Moon

Tom Moon is a saxophonist and music writer based in Philadelphia. Alumnus of the University of Miami and veteran of the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, he put his career as a musician on hold to focus on music journalism. He was the resident music critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1988 to 2004 and has contributed to other publications Rolling Stone, GQ, Blender, and Spin, as well as NPR's 'All Things Considered'. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller 1000 Recordings To Hear...

#17 Elliot Bild

Originally from Chicago, trumpeter, educator and composer Elliot Bild got his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his Masters Degree from Temple University where he studied with John Swana, Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts. Recently, he has performed with the great Philadelphia Bassist Mike Boone at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC as well as the 2019 Philadelphia Center City Jazz Festival, as part of his new working Quintet. He has also performed with Orrin Evans and the Captain...


#16 Josh Lee

Saxophonist Joshua Lee is a graduate of Temple University's Boyer College of Music, and is the Managing and Co-Artistic Director of Jazz Lives Philadelphia. Joshua brings experience gained from performing throughout the east coast with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, and many more. He leads projects of his own including Josh Lee and the Family, The Life Brass Band, and the Jazz Lives Philadelphia Big Band. Joshua is devoted to bringing...

#15 Terell Stafford

Terell Stafford has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. Stafford is the Director of...


#14 Mike Bond

Mike Bond is one of my favorite pianists on the New York scene today. He has performed with Savion Glover, Conrad Herwig, Joe Magnarelli and Duane Eubanks, to name a few, and is a featured sideman on guitarist Jean Chaumont’s debut album “The Beauty Of Differences” which received a 4 star review in Downbeat Magazine. ​As a leader, Bond has performed at Smalls and Mezzrow, as well as the Central Jersey Jazz Festival, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, and the New York City Winter Jazz...


#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...