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Summers are made for Jazz festivals. This podcast reviews some of the great performances from jazz artists making the festival tour.

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Out Here - Christian McBride Trio

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Something's Comming ~ Cecile McLorin Salvant ~ For One to Love
Arbiters of Evolution ~ Maria Schneider Orchestra ~ The Thompson Fields 
Nouveau Swing ~ Donald Harrison ~ The Burners
Gimme Pigfoot ~ Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein ~ Viper Drag
Joey Alexander ~ It Might as Well be Spring ~ My Favorite Things
My Favorite Things ~ Christian McBride Trio ~ Out Here


All Sanders

No, not the Sanders making a big impact in US politics! Pharoah Sanders, who has made an impact by channeling the spirit of John Coltrane with his tenor saxophone. You will hear many sides of this great tenor and soprano sax player. His powerful sound is represented in the tracks here.

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Karma - Pharoah Sanders on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album

Astral Traveling ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Themba 
Hum-Alah-Hum-Alah-Hum-Alah ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Jewels of Thought
Moments Notice ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Rejoice
Lonnie's Lament ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Crescent with Love
The Creator Has a Master Plan ~ Pharoah Sanders ~ Karma


This is our post Newport Jazz Festival review. I had the pleasure of attending this historic festival once again, and this podcast shares some of our favorite performances and experiences. In addition, please check out my NJF2015 photo gallery here.

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Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro - Billy Childs on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Map to the Treasure ~ Billy Childs with Lisa Fischer ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Fine and Mellow ~ Jose James ~ Yesterday I had the Blues (The Music of Billie Holiday)
J. Mac ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Seeds from the Underground
Journey to the Stars ~ Tom Harrell ~ Number Five
Firm Roots ~ Johnathan Blake Quartet ~ Gone But Not Forgotten
Many Blessings ~ James Carter ~ Present Tense
Home ~ The Maria Schneider Orchestra ~ The Thompson Fields
Ham Hocks and Cabbage ~ Christian McBride Trio ~ Out Here


The Newport Jazz Festival is coming up next weekend. Our preview show brings you a sampling of the great jazz artists that will be performing at this historic music festival. 


Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Deep Dry Ocean ~ Gerald Clayton ~ Life Forum 
Circle Dance ~ Johnathan Blake Quartet ~ Gone, But Not Forgotten 
Guarana ~ John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble ~ Eternal Interlude 
Cantaloupe Island ~ Conrad Herwig ~ Latin Side of Herbie Hancock 
Footprints ~ Joey Alexander ~ My Favorite Things 
Brother Thelonious ~ Helen Sung ~ Anthem For A New Day 
Delusion ~ Hiromi ~ Voice 
Green Chimneys ~ Aaron Diehl Trio ~ Live At the Players 
Out of the Blue ~ Mike Stern ~ All Over the Place 

Somethin’ Funky

Some funky tracks kick off this weeks podcast. We start with Ingrid Jensen and Jason Miles channeling Miles Davis. Next up is a hip Stevie Wonder cover by Joe Farrell. That is followed by new music from saxophonists Troy Roberts, Albert Rivera and Joshua Redman with Bad Plus.Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth close out this modern jazz set.

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Street Vibe ~ Ingrid Jensen and Jason Miles ~ Kind of New 
Too High ~ Joe Farrell ~ Penny Arcade
Trick or Treat ~ Troy Roberts ~ Secret Rhymes
Misunderstood ~ Albert Rivera ~ Back At It
Friend or Foe ~ Joshua Redman with Bad Plus
Epicenter ~ Chris Lightcap's Big Mouth


Mr. KG

The feature of this podcast is alto sax player Kenny Garrett, but first I review some of the great music heard at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. We hear from young pianist Joey Alexander and drummer Antonio Sanchez.

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Beyond the Wall - Kenny Garrett on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
I Mean You ~ Joey Alexander ~ My Favorite Things
Medusa ~ Antonio Sanchez ~ New Life
Lonnie's Lament ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Pursuance: The Music of John Coltrane
Jackie & the Bean Stalk ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Black Hope
Qing Wen ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Beyond the Wall
Boogety Boogety ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Seeds from the Underground


Creative music

We've got some creative modern jazz in this week's podcast. Shirantha Beddage's low and slow baritone and Vittorio Mezza's creative piano and arrangements highlight this show. Those are followed by an extended big band arrangement from Jason Lindner and Lovano's Us Five quintet. The podcast concludes with a Metheny/Coleman collaboration, for a progressive free jazz show.

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Mezza Milzow Project (feat. Ettore Fioravanti) - Vittorio Mezza & David Milzow

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Bakers Dozen ~ Shirantha Beddage ~ Identity
Pushin ~ Shirantha Beddage ~ Identity
Linea di Fuga Blues ~ Vittorio Mezza & David Milow ~ Mezza Milow Project
Younique ~ Vittorio Mezza & David Milow ~ Mezza Milow Project
Caravan ~ Vittorio Mezza ~ Life Process
The 5 Elements and the Natural Trinity ~ Jason Lindner Big Band ~ Live at the Jazz Gallery
Cross Culture ~ Joe Lovano Us Five ~ Cross Culture
Trigonometry ~ Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman ~ Song X


This podcast features mostly new music from great modern jazz artists. Of note are a couple of tracks each from Hartford based trombonist Steve Davis and pianist Luis Perdomo. The final track is a cool jazz standard from Miles' muted horn.

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Say When - Steve Davis on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Calm, Cool & Collected ~ Behn Gillece ~ Mindset
Shortcake ~ Steve Davis ~ Say When
Mr. Johnson ~ Steve Davis ~ Say When
Blues Minus One ~ Pat Bianchi Trio ~ A Higher Standard
Looking Through You ~ Luis Perdomo ~ Twenty-Two
How Deep Is Your Love ~ Luis Perdomo ~ Twenty-Two
Try To Remember ~ Kenny Werner ~ The Melody
Dear Old Stockholm ~ Miles Davis ~ Round Midnight


New radio home

My debut radio show on WWUH from University of Hartford. A station with a tradition of supporting jazz music over the air and live concerts. This excerpt of my show starts with Noah Preminger and Joshua Redman covering Ornette Coleman. John McLaughlin provides a meditative piece. Then some newcomers on the jazz scene, Miami's Troy Roberts on sax and 12 year old phenom Joey Alexander on piano.

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My Favorite Things (Deluxe Edition) - Joey Alexander

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Toy Dance ~ Noah Preminger ~ Before the Rain
Lonely Woman ~ Joshua Redman ~ Momentum
Zakir ~ John McLaughlin ~ Remember Shakti
Up Jumped Spring ~ Troy Roberts ~ Secret Rhymes
Giant Steps ~ Joey Alexander ~ My Favorite Things
I Mean You ~ Joey Alexander ~ My Favorite Things


All Ornette

This podcast is dedicated to late great Ornette Coleman who passed away this week. Ornette was a saxophonist, trumpeter, violinist, composer and an innovator of the Free Jazz and Avant Garde movement. The second half of this podcast is from Pat Metheny's Song X Podcast. Pat does a great job of explaining Ornette Coleman's music, and the experience of recording with him.

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New York Is Now! - Ornette Coleman on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
When Will the Blues Leave ~ Ornette Coleman ~ Something Else!
Lonely Woman ~ Ornette Coleman ~ Shape of Jazz To Come
'Round Trip ~ Ornette Coleman ~ New York Is Now
Law Years ~ Ornette Coleman ~ Science Fiction
Song X Podcast ~ Pat Metheny


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