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From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!

From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!


Storrs, CT


From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!




NEA Jazz Masters 2023

This episode begins with a birthday tribute to the Father of Jazz, Louis Satchmo Armstrong. That is followed by recognizing the NEA Jazz Masters, class of 2023; Louis Hayes, Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett and Sue Mingus. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Louis Armstrong ~ When It's Sleepy Time Down South ~ Ken Burns Jazz Louis Hayes ~ Silver's Serenade ~ Serenade for Horace Kenny Barron & Regina Carter ~ Footprints ~ Freefall Kenny Garrett ~ Sing a Song of Song ~ Songbook Mingus Big Band ~...


McPherson, PBMNJ, Garcia

The episode begins celebrating jazz great Charles McPherson's 83 birthday. Then we highlight Hartford's Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series, and the artists that will be performing in the last three concerts. We conclude with another birth anniversary of Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Charles McPherson ~ Tropic of Capricorn ~ Charles McPherson's Jazz Dance Suites Charles McPherson ~ Little Sugar Baby ~ From This Moment On! Black Art Jazz Collective ~ Iron Man ~...


Covid Redux

Due to getting Covid a couple of days ago, I didn't feel up to recording a new podcast. So, I picked a show from last year and did a minimal amount of editing to bring you this week's episode. It has a nice vocal set as well as other good music. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Larry Goldings, Jay Bellerose & David Piltch ~ Blueberry Hill ~ Music from the Front Room Robert Castelli and Boom! ~ Your Lucky Number ~ Party at One World Plaza Michael Brecker ~ Song for Bilbao ~ Tales from the...


New for 2022

All new 2022 releases in this week's show. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Brian Charette ~ High Ball ~ Jackpot Peter Sprague ~ Questions ~ Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny, Vol. 2 Cyrus Chestnut ~ Working Out Just Fine ~ My Father's Hands Julieta Eugenio ~ Snowbirds ~ Jump Steve Davis ~ They Wore 44 ~ Bluesthetic David Binney ~ Casa ~ Tomorrow's Journey Joey Alexander ~ Winter Blues ~ Origin


Episode Jul 10 2022

Mostly music from the San Diego jazz scene, with a couple artists with Hartford CT roots. It's an uplifting set of tunes to tap your feet to, and enjoy these great summer days. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Leonard Patton ~ Beautiful Day ~ A Beautiful Day Curtis Taylor ~ Naima ~ Snapshot Charles McPherson Quartet ~ Nature Boy ~ Love Walked In Joel Frahm ~ Steeplechase ~ Joel Frahm Quartet - Live At Smalls Matt Dwonszyk ~ Passage ~ A Year and a Day Matt Hall ~ No Going Back ~ I Hope to My...


PBMNJ 2022 pt1

The first half of this episode features the Hartford Jazz Society's Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz series. We hear from some of the artists that will be performing in the first three weeks of concerts in Hartford CT this summer. We also play new music by Matt Dwonszyk, Jonathan Barber and Gerald Clayton. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Al Foster ~ Pent-Up House ~ Reflections Julieta Eugenio ~ La Jungla ~ Jump Brandee Younger ~ Reclamation ~ Somewhere Different Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin...


Chopin three ways

This episode presents the music of composer Fredrick Chopin, as interpreted by two jazz ensembles. The first is Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jean-Paul Broadbeck. The second, Noah Preminger and Rob Garcia. Both produced albums of Chopin compositions. We finish with Irina Zaritzkaya playing Chopin the way it was written by the Polish composer, circa 1840. From there, we feature guitarist Peter Sprague with Leonard Patton on vocals, and finally something new from acclaimed jazz pianist Gerald...


Episode Jun 19 2022

No theme to this week's show. We begin with more music from San Diego before launching a set of varied music from modern jazz masters. Happy Fathers day and Juneteenth to all. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Matt Hall ~ Biscuits & Gravy ~ I Hope to My Never Justin Grinnell Quartet ~ Both Sides of the Story ~ Without You Herbie Hancock ~ Driftin' ~ Takin' Off Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner ~ Windows ~ Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter ~ Mazad ~ Good...


Remembering Chick

This show celebrates two recent birthdays. Chick Corea born June 12, 1941 and Kenny Barron on June 9, 1943. Chick is so missed, and we are fortunate to have Kenny Barron still recording and performing. Other greats represented here are Jackie McLean and Herbie Hancock. Flora Purim surprises us with a new recording at age 80 after a fifteen year absence. Hartford bassist Matt Dwonszyk has released a single from his soon to be released second album. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Return To...


Classic Trumpets

Classic post bop trumpet is represented here. Miles, Freddie, Kenny, Lee and more. Also, modern players like San Diego's Gilbert Castellanos, Eddie Henderson and the only woman represented here, Ingrid Jensen. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Freddie Hubbard ~ Open Sesame ~ Open Sesame Freddie Hubbard ~ Little Sunflower ~ Backlash Miles Davis ~ Milestones ~ Milestones Eddie Henderson ~ Shuffle and Deal ~ Shuffle and Deal Gilbert Castellanos ~ This Is for Horace ~ Underground Kenny Dorham ~...


Guitar Progression

We begin this edition with a set demonstrating the progression of modern jazz guitar from the 60's groove style of Kenny Burrell and Peter Bernstein to a more fusion approach from Gilad Hekselman and Andrew Renfroe. We conclude this episode with a variety jazz styles. A popular tune from a movie soundtrack by husband-wife team Mike Wofford an Holly Hofmann, Indian influenced Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter, and a cooking track from Jackie McLean's collaboration with vibraphonist...


Miles & Jackie

This podcast celebrates the recent birthdays of two all time great jazz artists; Miles Davis and Jackie McLean. It also features two releases by young musicians that are a product of the Jackie McLean Institute for jazz in Hartford Connecticut, where Jackie spent his later years mentoring students of the art form. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Miles Davis ~ Milestones ~ Milestones Miles Davis ~ Paraphernalia ~ Miles In the Sky Jackie McLean ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie's Bag Jackie...


Episode May 15 2022

We kick off this week's episode with fire from Freddie Hubbard. Most of what follows is from young west coast artists beginning with another trumpeter and a San Diego legend in Gilbert Castellanos. Following that are many of SoCal's great young talent. Danny Green, Justin Joyce, Justin Grinnell and Matt Hall display the virtuosity that we have in the San Diego area. The podcast ends with LA's latest guitar phenom, Andrew Renfroe and finally a young drummer from back east currently on tour on...


Africa Inspired

This episode features music heavily inspired by the African diaspora. We begin with rock legend Santana's Mother Africa and Trane's Africa Brass. Hugh Masekela takes us deep into South African native music, and Herbie has a modern take on jazz/rock/African fusion. We finish this show with Emmet Cohen Trio's contemporary treatment of Fats Waller stride classics. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Santana ~ Mother Africa ~ Welcome John Coltrane Quartet ~ Africa ~ Africa/Brass Hugh Masekela ~...


More Birthdays - Joe, Duke, Toots

Another show, celebrating birthdays. These are some of the most important figures in jazz; Joe Henderson, Duke Ellington and Toots Thielemans. We then play the Grammy award winning Christian McBride Big Band. The show ends with some great jazz artists from Southern Cali, trombonist Matt Hall, and guitar masters Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Joe Henderson ~ Isotope ~ Inner Urge Kenny Dorham ~ Mamacita ~ Trompeta Toccata Duke Ellington ~ Black and Tan Fantasy...


Couple of Birthdays

A couple of birthdays to celebrate this month; Charles Mingus on his Centennial 100th birthday, and Herbie Hancock who turned 82 years young. First, a track from the Grammy award winning McBride Big Band. Also, new music from drummer Jonathan Barber's Vision Ahead, and his jazz partner, guitarist Andrew Renfroe. Also represented in this episode are two of my favorite modern tenor sax players, Joe Farrell and Chris Potter. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Christian McBride Big Band ~ Down by...


Episode Apr 16 2022

After seeing Chris Potter live this week, I was inspired to start this week's podcast with some of his recent work. Another sax player with a modern sound is Mike Casey, and we have two singles from him. Next up, trombonist Matt Hall brings the sounds of San Diego. Two giants of jazz piano, Chick and McCoy, close out the podcast. Artist ~ Name ~ Album Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter ~ Good Hope ~ Good Hope Chris Potter ~ Sunrise and Joshua Trees ~ Sunrise Reprise Mike Casey &...


Jazz Grammy Awards 2022

Usually not a big fan of the Grammy Awards, but this year had some intriguing picks. From the feel good, straight ahead sounds of McBrides Big Band, to the probing improvisations of Carter, DeJohnette, Rubalcaba, and the creative explorations of Esperanza, these picks span a wide pallet of today's jazz. The posthumous awards to Chick and Lyle are also represented in this episode. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Christian McBride Big Band ~ Medgar Evers' Blues ~ For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver Jon...


Episode Apr 3 2022

Jazz masters Freddie Hubbard and Chick Corea bookend this episode along with players not quite as well known. Garzone channels Trane's Equinox, Eubanks rocks, Renfroe and Davis cover Campbell and Hendrix, and San Diego's Justin Joyce creates a sweet sound before Chick takes us out. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Freddie Hubbard ~ Open Sesame ~ Open Sesame George Garzone, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles ~ Equinox (Night #3) ~ 3 Nights in L.A. Orrin Evans & Kevin Eubanks ~ I Don't...


Women in Jazz

Being Women's History Month, we will begin with a set of women jazz artists. Represented are Miki Yamanaka, Helen Sung and Melissa Aldana and the female "supergroup" Artemis. Next up new music from young musicians Mike Casey (sax) and Justin Joyce (drums). Something new from guitarist Peter Sprague covering Metheny compositions, and finally a beautiful ballad from George Cables. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Miki Yamanaka ~ Monk's Dream ~ Miki Helen Sung ~ Long Yellow Road ~ Quartet +...