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GLT Music Director and Jazz Host Jon Norton and Arts Editor and Jazz Host Laura Kennedy share their new jazz picks in this weekly podcast. Listen for up-and-coming artists and tunes deserving a bit more attention. You'll also learn a little about the artist and with this weekly podcast, you'll stay on top of what's happening in jazz. This podcast is made possible by GLT and the fine record company representatives and artists who have given permission to use their music. Listen for GLT Jazz weekday mornings, afternoons and Mon-Thurs. evenings.






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Disorganizer United For Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

"Whenever I call it a jazz band I do air quotes. 'Jazz.'" said Disorganizer mandolin player Stefen Robinson, gesturing with the index and middle fingers of both hands over his head. Why? "Because I don't even know what that means anymore," continued Robinson. "Are you talking about Miles Davis? Are you talking about Wayne Shorter? Are you talking about Kneebody?

Duration: 00:16:51

Mucca Pazza: 'A Crazed, Circus-Like, Joyful Experience'

Mucca Pazza ("Crazy Cow") founding member Rick Kubes said the forming of the 30-odd member marching band was organic. He gives kudos to fellow founder Mark Messing, the band's original director, choreographer, and music director. "I'd say about three of us started doing theater with a company called 'Red Moon Theater.' We were doing anti-war marches and dressing up in marching band costumes. Between the theater and music and extra-curricular activities we were doing, Mark sort of...

Duration: 00:09:43

Greg Murphy Reaches Back On 'Summer Breeze'

Chicago native Greg Murphy has been a fixture on the New York City jazz scene since the 1980's, performing and recording with numerous jazz luminaries. Ahead of his show at The Promontory in Chicago August 25,the one time Illinois State University computer science student talked with GLT's Jon Norton about his new album "Summer Breeze." Murphy said among the songs he recorded for the album were originals he wrote nearly 30 years ago.

Duration: 00:07:23

Theater And Jazz Are One With Mardra And Reggie Thomas

Mardra and Reggie Thomas are a husband-wife jazz team from DeKalb, Illinois. Mardra is a vocalist with a theatrical background. Reggie is a pianist and coordinator of the jazz program at Northern Illinois University. They'll play the Front Street Music Fest in downtown Bloomington August 20, where they'll feature music from their new album "Matters of the Heart." Reggie Thomas said he appreciates when fans refer to their recordings as "albums."

Duration: 00:15:42

Restless Adam Larson Learning To Accept Patience

Jazz has taken Normal native Adam Larson to nearly all points on the globe. The U-High grad has also been on the receiving end of critical praise from...

Duration: 00:13:01

Brazilionaires Play 'Something Different' At GLT Summer Concert

Rico Wayne Johnson and Dove Benoit are a pair of Peorians bringing the sounds of Brazil, and other Latin American rhythms, to central Illinois. The...

Duration: 00:12:52

Twin City Teen Shares His Passion For Jazz Guitar Legend

Matthew Mullins is a 17-year-old junior at Normal West Community High School with a passion for music bordering on obsessive. He said he devours all...

Duration: 00:11:44

Making Uncommon Connections

Elizabeth Geyer is an Australian singer/songwriter/instrumentalist who says creating albums can be a lengthy process for her. She says she waited seven...

Duration: 00:11:35

Touched By an Angel

Dr. Lonnie Smith is now in his fifth decade of recording and performing as a solo act, and behind a virtual who's who of jazz legends. Smith makes a...

Duration: 00:11:41

It Ain't Jazz If It Ain't Got The Blues

To sell San Francisco based Kim Nalley as just a vocalist and songwriter would be selling her short. She's also an actor, a featured writer in various B...

Duration: 00:15:31

Frank Kohl Is Under The Radar No More

New York City area native Frank Kohl was drawn to the guitar at a very young age. He became proficient enough to be admitted to the prestigious Berklee...

Duration: 00:14:06

Roberta Donnay: As a Child, I Thought I Was Black

Recent GLT Jazz Cabaret performer Roberta Donnay says when she found out as a small child that she was white, she got angry. On this edition of GLT Jazz...

Duration: 00:14:39

Steve Turre: From Ray Charles to Saturday Night Live

Trombone and conch shell player Steve Turre has been a member of the Saturday Night Live band since 1984. He also played in the Jazz Messengers, the...

Duration: 00:15:39

Jazz Bug Pulls Keri Johnsrud to Chicago From Her Rural Iowa Hometown

On this edition of GLT Jazz Next, meet a Chicago based vocalist and composer who just released her second album. In her own words, Keri Johnsrud...

Duration: 00:13:06

The Future Is Now For Young Tenor Player

Philadelphia native Sam Taylor is a talented young tenor player now immersed in the New York City jazz community. On this edition of Jazz Next, Taylor...

Duration: 00:11:28

Traveling The World With a Pocket Trumpet

Trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Ginetta M is the leader of the jazzy, funky New York City based Ginetta's Vendetta. She also records under the moniker...

Duration: 00:15:16

Brazilionaires Play 'Something Different' in Peoria

Rico Wayne Johnson and Dove Benoit are a pair of Peorians bringing the sounds of Brazil, and other Latin American rhythms, to central Illinois. The...

Duration: 00:12:52

Veteran Vocalist Kim Nazarian Surrounded By Family On Debut Release

After 27 years with the vocal ensemble New York Voices, vocalist Kim Nazarian has finally released an album under her own name. On this edition of Jazz...

Duration: 00:13:33

This 'I Scream Scone' Comes With Many Flavors

Hammond B3 master Adam Scone has has been a sideman in a diverse array of settings. Among others, he's played in the bands of jazz legend Lou Donaldson...

Duration: 00:13:28

Normal Native Accepts Patience With His Lofty Musical Goals

Jazz has taken 25-year-old Normal native Adam Larson to nearly all points on the globe. The U-High grad has also been on the receiving end of critical...

Duration: 00:13:21

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