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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.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Miles Davis ~ Milestones ~ Milestones
Miles Davis ~ Paraphernalia ~ Miles In the Sky
Jackie McLean ~ Appointment in Ghana ~ Jackie's Bag
Jackie McLean ~ Sweet Love of Mine ~ Demon's Dance
Matt Dwonszyk ~ Afro Blue ~ Afro Blue - Single
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ South ~ Poetic
Joey Alexander ~ Rise Up ~ Origin
Christian Sands ~ Can’t Find My Way Home ~ Be Water

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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 the left coast, Jonathan Barber and his group Vision Ahead.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Freddie Hubbard ~ The Intrepid Fox ~ Red Clay
Gilbert Castellanos ~ Chula Juana ~ Federal Jazz Project
Danny Green Trio ~ After the Calm ~ After the Calm
Justin Joyce ~ E.R.J. ~ Story Tales
Justin Grinnell Quartet ~ Hit the Brakes ~ Without You
Matt Hall ~ The Tiger's Ritual ~ I Hope to My Never
Andrew Renfroe ~ Chemirocha ~ Chemirocha - Single
Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead ~ Poetic ~ Poetic

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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.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Santana ~ Mother Africa ~ Welcome
John Coltrane Quartet ~ Africa ~ Africa/Brass
Hugh Masekela ~ Languta ~ Hope
Herbie Hancock ~ Ostinato (Suite for Angela) ~ Mwandishi
Emmet Cohen ~ Ain't Misbehavin', Honeysuckle Rose / Handful of Keys ~ Dirty in Detroit 

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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.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Joe Henderson ~ Isotope ~ Inner Urge
Kenny Dorham ~ Mamacita ~ Trompeta Toccata
Duke Ellington ~ Black and Tan Fantasy (Live) ~ Ellington At Newport 1956
Toots Thielemans ~ Airegin ~ Images
Christian McBride Big Band ~ Milestones ~ For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver
Peter Sprague ~ Life Loves Lone Jack ~ Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny, Vol. 1
Matt Hall ~ The Thing About Sloan Hill ~ I Hope to My Never
Bob Boss ~ Soul Eyes ~ 3 Trios +

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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.

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 Know ~ EEE (Eubanks-Evans-Experience)
Luke Sellick & Andrew Renfroe ~ Wichita Lineman ~ Small Vacation
Tony Davis ~ May This Be Love ~ Golden Year
Justin Joyce ~ Placid Pandemonium ~ Story Tales
Chick Corea ~ Admiration ~ Antidote (feat. The Spanish Heart Band)

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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.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Miki Yamanaka ~ Monk's Dream ~ Miki
Helen Sung ~ Long Yellow Road ~ Quartet + (with Harlem Quartet)
Melissa Aldana ~ Los Ojos de Chile ~ 12 Stars
ARTEMIS ~ Nocturno ~ Artemis
Mike Casey ~ Click Bait ~ Single
Justin Joyce ~ Placid Pandemonium ~ Story Tales
Peter Sprague ~ Questions ~ Peter Sprague Plays Pat Metheny, Vol. 2
George Cables ~ Helen's Song ~ My Muse

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We start this show with swingin' "soul-jazz", with a new release from trombonist Matt Hall and classic sax from Dexter G. Next that slick CTI sound from Stanley Turrentine and Joe Farrell. Finally, back to Southern California with local favorites Gilbert and Holly.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
Matt Hall ~ Biscuits & Gravy ~ I Hope to My Never
Dexter Gordon ~ Society Red ~ Doin' Allright
Stanley Turrentine ~ Sugar ~ Sugar
Joe Farrell ~ Great Gorge ~ Moon Germs
Gilbert Castellanos ~ This Is for Horace ~ Underground
Holly Hofmann ~ Jack of Hearts ~ Low Life

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A look back at the iconic album Sgt. Pepper's LHCB, with unique covers from jazz artists, and finally George Harrison's classic composition on that record. That is followed by three fine San Diego jazz artists, Lori Bell, Holly Hofmann and Matt Hall. A new single from Jamile & Tony Davis, playing one of my favorite tunes and concluding with a John Coltrane classic.

Artist ~ Name ~ Album
San Francisco String Trio ~ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds ~ May I Introduce to You
Peter Sprague & Leonard Patton ~ With a Little Help from My Friends ~ Dream Walkin'
Brandee Younger ~ Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! ~ A Day in the Life: Impressions of Pepper
The Beatles ~ Within You Without You ~ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Lori Bell ~ Harlem Nocturne ~ Brooklyn Dreaming
Holly Hofmann ~ Farmer's Trust ~ Low Life
Matt Hall ~ No Going Back ~ I Hope to My Never
Jamile & Tony Davis ~ Never Will I Marry ~ Never Will I Marry - Single
John Coltrane ~ Lonnie's Lament ~ Crescent

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