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Archive for August 2012


This podcast begins with a tribute to the late Shimrit Shoshan. This is a sad and tragic story of a gifted jazz artists who passed away suddenly due to illness at age 29. Shimrit was born and raised in Israel and currently was living in New York City pursuing a career in jazz music. She was a great pianist, composer and arranger. I had the pleasure of seeing her play, both in New York City and Hartford CT. She was a beautiful and extremely talented musician. Her passing is a great loss to the jazz community. We feature two tracks from her debut album, Keep it Movin'. Next I play a track from Linda Oh, another great young lady of jazz from her recent release as a leader, Initial Here. We then feature musicians with their roots in the Hartford area. All of these cats are creating a splash on the jazz scene in NY and around the world. These are names you will be hearing much more of as their jazz careers progress. Keep your eyes and ears open for Craig Hartley (p), Josh Evans (trumpet), and the Curtis Brothers, Zaccai (p) and Luques (b). The podcast concludes with some funk from Weather Report.

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Keep it Movin, Shimrit Shoshan on CD Baby

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Secret Identity ~ Shimrit Shoshan ~ Keep it Movin'
Shwingin' ~ Shimrit Shoshan ~ Keep it Movin'
Ultimate Persona ~ Linda Oh ~ Initial Here Initial Here (feat. Dayna Stephens, Fabian Almazan, Rudy Royston & Jen Shyu) - Linda Oh
Why Not! ~ Craig Hartley ~ Books on Tape Vol 1 Craig Hartley - Books on Tape, Vol. 1 - Craig Hartley
Dial 411 ~ Craig Hartley ~ Books on Tape Vol 1 Craig Hartley - Books on Tape, Vol. 1 - Craig Hartley
Chronic Mistakes ~ Josh Evans ~ Portrait Portrait - Josh Evans
The Wrath ~ Curtis Brothers ~ Completion of Proof Completion of Proof - The Curtis Brothers
125th Street Congress ~ Weather Report ~ Sweetnighter Sweetnighter - Weather Report

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This podcast features new music by artists you may not have heard of like Andrei Matorin and Kris Allen, as well as a creative new composition, Rayeula (Hopscotch) by Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq. This exciting new music illustrates how dynamic and cutting edge modern jazz music is.

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Rayuela on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Smile ~ Andrei Matorin ~ Opus Opus - Andrei Matorin
Song for Abdullah ~ Joel Frahm ~ We Used to Dance We Used To Dance - Joel Frahm
Thoughts Not My Own ~ Curtis Brothers Quartet ~ Blood-Spirit-Land-Water-Freedom Blood • Spirit • Land • Water • Freedom - Curtis Brothers Quartet
Talita ~ Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq ~ Rayuela Rayuela (with Laurent Coq) - Miguel Zenón
La Maga ~ Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq ~ Rayuela Rayuela (with Laurent Coq) - Miguel Zenón
Passing ~ Kris Allen ~ Circle House

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Litchfield Jazz

This week's playlist was made in anticipation of the Litchfield Jazz Festival which took place last weekend. It was my first time there and we had a great time. The show starts off with a couple of artists we heard in NYC recently, Kenny Garrett and the LeBoeuf Brothers. Then we get into the Litchfield set. I especially like the Miguel Zenon tracks posted here. Also Donny McCaslin shows off some killer tenor sax chops. We go back to the 1970's with flutist Hubert Laws. Dave Stryker gives us some fine guitar licks and the podcast finishes with vocalist Kevin Mahogany, who closed out this years Litchfield Jazz Festival. We will definitely return to the Litchfield festival next year.

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Alma Adentro - The Puerto Rican Songbook - Miguel Zenón on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
Boogety Boogety ~ Kenny Garrett ~ Seeds from the Underground
D2D ~ Le Boeuf Brothers ~ In Praise of Shadows
Claire ~ Donny McCaslin ~ Perpetual Motion
Moments Notice ~ Hubert Law ~ In the Beginning
Penta ~ Awake ~ Miguel Zenon
Tiemblas ~ Miguel Zenon ~ Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook
It was a Very Good Year ~ Dave Stryker ~ Big City
Nature Boy ~ Kevin Mohagany ~ Another Time Another Place

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The Day Lee Morgan Died

This podcast is a tribute to great trumpet player and jazz composer Lee Morgan. It features Billy Hart telling the tragic story of the day Lee Morgan died. While Billy was not a witness to this event, and his story is pieced together from second and third hand information, it is a fascinating insight into the dark side of the jazz scene in the early 1960's. The podcast begins with Ben Williams telling the story of the life and death of Lee Morgan through music and spoken word. Following is Lee Morgan's music and Billy Hart's words.

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Infinity - Lee Morgan on iTunes

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Lee Morgan Story ~ Ben Williams ~ State of Art State of Art - Ben Williams
Fire ~ Lee Morgan ~ Expoobident Expoobident - Lee Morgan
Interview Pt 1 ~ Billy Hart ~ The Day Lee Morgan Died
Zip Code ~ Lee Morgan ~ Infinity Infinity - Lee Morgan
Interview Pt 2 ~ Billy Hart ~ The Day Lee Morgan Died
Sidewinder ~ Lee Morgan ~ The Sidewinder The Sidewinder (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered) - Lee Morgan

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