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At the center of this podcast is music from Jerry Bergonzi who performs on Monday nights at the Lillypad along with George Garzone and the Fringe. First we here from great pianists Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner and Zaccai Curtis. Hartford's saxophonist Jovan Alexander preceeds the Bergonzi set. The podcast concludes with Manuel Valera (piano) and his trio.

Playlist 
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Harold Mabern ~ Inner Glimpse ~ To Love and Be Loved
Harold Mabern ~ Dat Dere ~ To Love and Be Loved
McCoy Tyner ~ Song For My Lady ~ The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
The Curtis Brothers ~ The Wrath ~ Completion of Proof
Jovan Alexandre ~ Yalesville ~ Collective Conciousness
Jerry Bergonzi ~ Live Stream ~ Dog Star
Jerry Bergonzi ~ Doin' the Hen ~ Shifting Gears
Bergonzi, Calderazzo, Danielsson, Uotilo ~ The Lag ~ Fast Company
The Fringe ~ I loved You Yesterday ~ 40 Years on the Fringe
Manuel Valera Trio ~ Spring/Summer ~ The Seasons

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Two of my favorite standards are covered here. Dig vocal and instrumental covers of Trane's Moment Notice, then Miles' So What. Following that is a jazz voyage with Hancock and Pharoah. Then we pay tribute to the victims and families of the Parkland shootings with music from Rob Garcia, Noah Baerman and Noah Preminger. The podcast concludes with Ellington's Jeep Blues.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Pharoh Sanders ~ Moment's Notice ~ Rejoice
Hubert Laws ~ Moment's Notice ~ In The Beginning
Giacomo Gates ~ So What ~ Miles Tones
Harold Mabern ~ So What ~ To Love and Be Loved
Hank Mobley ~ Up A Step ~ No Room for Squares
Herbie Hancock ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Maiden Voyage
Herbie Hancock ~ First Trip ~ Speak Like a Child
Pharoah Sanders ~ Astral Traveling ~ Thembi
Rob Garcia ~ Guns Make Killing Easy ~ Finding Love in an Oligarchic Planet
Noah Baerman ~ Motherless ~ Ripples
Noah Preminger ~ Change in Gonna Come ~ Meditations on Freedom
Duke Ellington ~ Jeeps Blues ~ Live at Newport

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This podcast runs the gamut of modern jazz styles. We begin with a classic piano trio from jazz master Ahmad Jamal. Then creative nonet arrangements from newcomer Dan Pugach. That is followed by early jazz/rock fusion from Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and George Duke. Finally you will hear guitarist Bill Frisell with his version of a surfer classic.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Ahmad Jamal ~ Patterns ~ The Awakening
Ahmad Jamal ~ Stolen Moments ~ The Awakening
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Jolene ~ Plus One
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Zelda ~ Plus One
Herbie Hancock ~ Ostinato (Suite for Angela) ~ Mwandishi
Weather Report ~ Mysterious Traveler ~ Mysterious Traveler
Weather Report ~ Between the Thighs ~ Tale Spinin'
Weather Report ~ Gibraltar ~ Black Market
George Duke ~ Capricorn ~ Faces In Reflection
Bill Frisell ~ Pipeline ~ Guitar in the Space Age 

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Had a great time interviewing Nicole Zuraitis (vocals, piano) and her husband Dan Pugach (drums, arranger) about their new album releases and upcoming gigs. You will get to hear from their new CD's, Nicole's Hive Mind and Dan's Nonet Plus One. Following the interveiw is a review of the 2018 Grammy Awards in the Jazz categories. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Sunny Side (excerpt) ~ Hive Mind
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Failing ~Hive Mind
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
Nicole Zuraitis ~ Inscription ~Hive Mind
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Our Blues ~ Plus One
John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension ~ Miles Beyond (Grammy Jazz Improvised Solo) ~ Live At Ronnie Scott's
Billy Childes ~ Starry Night (Grammy: Jazz Instrumental Album) ~ Rebirth
Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ Youv'e Got To Give Me Some (Grammy Jazz Vocal Album) ~ Dreams and Daggers
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism (Grammy Jazz Big Band) ~ Bringin' It
Jane Ira Bloom ~ Song Patrol (Grammy Best Surround Sound) ~ Early Americans

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