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This show features sets of vocals, saxophone and piano. Rene Marie and Van Morrison start things off. Next up, tenor sax players Henderson, Rollins, Potter and Getz. The show concludes with pianists Theo Hill, Benito Gonzalez and Kenny Barron. That makes for a pretty nice jazz podcast. Enjoy.  

PLAYLIST
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Rene Marie ~ If You Were Mine ~ Sound of Red
Van Morrison & Joey Defrancesco ~ Magic Time ~ You're Driving Me Crazy
Joe Henderson ~ Power To The People ~ Power To The People
Sonny Rollins ~ I'm an Old Cowhand ~ Way Out West
Sonny Rollins ~ Solitude ~ Way Out West
Chris Potter ~ Sonic Anomaly ~ The Dreamer Is The Dream
Stan Getz ~ Con Alma ~ Sweet Rain
Stan Getz ~ Windows ~ Sweet Rain
Theo Hill ~ Interstellar Adventures ~ Interstellar Adventures
Benito Gonzalez ~ Naima ~ Passion Reverence Transcendence
Benito Gonzalez ~ Tyner Trane Express ~ Passion Reverence Transcendence
Kenny Barron ~ Concentric Circles ~ Concentric Circles

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Classic tracks from Cannonball, Morgan and Ellington before diving into some new music. You will hear new releases from young Joey Alexander, Chris Potter, Eddie Henderson, Van Morrison and Jonathan Barber. 

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Cannonball Adderley ~ Arriving Soon ~ Plus
Lee Morgan ~ Ceora ~ Cornbread
Duke Ellington ~ Ad Lib on Nippon ~ Far East Suite
Joey Alexander ~ The Very Thought of You ~ Eclipse
Joey Alexander ~ Space ~ Eclipse
Chris Potter ~ Ilimba ~ The Dreamer is the Dream
Eddie Henderson ~ Fran Dance ~ Be Cool
Eddie Henderson ~ Naima ~ Be Cool
Van Morrison and Joey Defrancesco ~ Close Enough for Jazz ~ You're Driving Me Crazy
Jonathan Barber ~ Vision Ahead ~ Mr. JB

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Bookended by two very different versions of Corea's Spain, are large ensembles, classic jazz, something new and even some bluegrass.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album 
Atla & Matt DeChamplain ~ Spain ~ Pause
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Discourse This ~ Plus One
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Full House ~ Bringin' It
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Optimism ~ Bringin' It
Hank Mobley ~ No Room For Squares ~ No Room For Squares
Miles Davis ~ Delores ~ Miles Smiles
Harold Maburn ~ The Gigolo ~ To Love and Be Loved
Renee Rosnes ~ The Winter of My Discontent ~ Beloved of the Sky
Renee Rosnes ~ The Flame and the Lotus ~ Beloved of the Sky
Chris Potter ~ Yasodhara ~ The Dreamer is the Dream
Rogerio Boccato ~ Tango ~ No Old Rain
Jerry Douglas ~ American Tune/Spain ~ Advance Music

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Around Town

Most of this playlist features jazz artists that have been playing around the Hartford area, or will be in the coming weeks. Joey D hammers the Hammond while taking us to the ballgame. Dan Pugach's Nonet gives Brooklyn Blues a Nawlin's style, Casey takes us to worlds from Starwars. Curtis Bros and Ed Fast go latin style... and much more.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Take Me Out the the Ballgame ~ Joey D!
Joey DeFrancesco ~ Dig ~ JoeyD!
Dan Pugach Nonet ~ Brooklyn Blues ~ Plus One
George Colligan ~ Today, Again ~ More Powerful
Joe Lovano ~ Sounds of Joy ~ Quartets
Ed Fast & Conga Bop ~ Insight ~ Do or Die
Mike Casey ~ Dagobah ~ Sound of Surprise
Curtis Brothers ~ Bebop ~ Syzergy
Sameer Gupta ~ Innocence in Harlem ~ A Circle Has No Beginning
Weather Report ~ Mysterious Traveler ~ Mysterious Traveler
Renee Rosnes ~ Black Holes ~ Beloved of the Sky
Andrew Gould ~ Destination ~ First Things First

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Before we get to the duets, we hear from one of my favorite JMac albums Demon's Dance. That is followed by two sax players with Connecticut roots. Nick Biello and Noah Preminger. Both have new recordings, Biello his premier, and Preminger with plenty. Then the duets: Preminger/Carlberg, Cohen/Hersch, Haden/Metheny. Salim Washington is back, and Sameer Gupta gives us Indian/Jazz fusion.

Playlist
Artist ~ Track ~ Album
Jackie McLean ~ Demon's Dance ~ Demon's Dance
Jackie McLean ~ Toyland ~ Demon's Dance
Nick Biello ~ Grandparents ~ Vagabond Soul
Noah Preminger ~ Walking on Eggshells ~ Genuinity
Noah Preminger ~ Ts and Her Spirit ~ Genuinity
Frank Carlberg and Noah Preminger ~ The Meaning of the Blues ~ Whispers and Cries
Anat Cohen and Fred Hersch ~ A Lark ~ live in healdsburg
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny ~ Two for the Road ~ Beyond the Missouri Sky
Salim Wahington ~ To Know Yaheweh ~ Dongon Revisited
Sameer Gupta ~ Come Take Everything (w/intro) ~ A Circle Has No Beginning

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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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