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Tales from the Jazz Side with Vashon Johnson episode #21

This episode of  Tales will be coming from bassist and composer Vashon Johnson. I must admit that it has been a long time since I last aired the show. I recorded this podcast over five years ago and never got around to launching it. But we are back now and ready to hit the road and…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Sheila Jordan episode #18

Tales is coming to you with guest vocalist/songwriter Sheila Jordan. “Sheila Jordan is one of the Jazz world’s best kept secrets.” – Blue Note – With 51+ albums to her credit, how could she be the best kept secret? People “in the know”, and what I mean by that, people who are true jazz lovers…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Jay Azzolina episode #16

Tales is coming to you with guest artist guitarist/composer/teacher Jay Azzolina. One of the things that I love about doing these podcasts is that I get to reconnect with musicians/friends that I admire and respect as artists. Life moves so swiftly and in so many directions, that we don’t always have an opportunity to talk…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Charles Blenzig episode #13

Tales is coming to you with guest artist pianist/composer/arranger/teacher Charles Blenzig. All good things come to those who wait. And wait I did until finally everything lined up and voil√†, I now present to you the interview with my road buddy, my friend, Charles Blenzig. You ask, how come that was so hard to do, don’t…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Jennifer Vincent episode #12

Tales is coming to you with guest artist cellist/bassist/composer/ Jennifer Vincent. If you’ve ever wondered who is that amazing bass player on American Lullaby, Standard Delivery, Awake and Travis Shook plays Kurt Weill, it is none other than Jennifer Vincent. As with most of my guests so far on this should, we too go back a…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Pheeroan akLaff episode #10 part 1 & 2

Tales is coming to you with guest artist drummer/composer/ arranger/educator Pheeroan akLaff. This episode is in two parts.  “A versatile drummer who has mostly been associated with the avant-garde, Pheeroan akLaff has appeared with some of the more adventurous musicians in jazz of the past 30 years.” From All Music From his collaborations with the…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Sean Conly episode #9

Tales is coming to you with bassist/composer/arranger Sean Conly. Sean Conly is another notable musician with an impressive multiple musical language background. He has played with such legendary greats as Andrew Hill, Russ Lossing, Ray Barretto, Freddie Hubbard, Cedar Walton, Randy Brecker, Howard Alden and Lew Tabackin to name a few. I had the pleasure…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Kengo Nakamura episode #6

Tales is coming coming to you with guest artist bassist/composer Kengo Nakamura. In October I had the pleasure to play Billboard Live Tokyo with the Michael Franks band. I was excited to travel to Japan as it had been a while since we had played there. This leg of the tour, we would play in…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Jacques Schwarz-Bart episode # 4

This month’s Tales will be coming from Saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart. Let’s take a different route this month and go by way of a great player that I’ve known from a past life. Now that can be taken in a couple of ways and that’s exactly my intention. Jacques and I go way back… back to the days…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Willard Dyson episode #3

Tales is coming to you with guest artist drummer/composer/teacher Willard Dyson. In keeping true to my celebration of 20 years with Michael, this month’s Tales from the Jazz Side guest is one of my hanging buddies while I’m out on the road with the Franks band. It’s true when they say that you can learn…

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Tales from the Jazz Side with Jay Anderson, episode #2

Tales is coming to you with guest artist bassist/composer/teacher Jay Anderson. Jay Anderson bio on All About Jazz starts off with “Bassist/composer Jay Anderson is among the most versatile and respected jazz artists performing today.” Whenever we read reviews or comments about artists’ abilities, sometimes we come away with the feeling that the words were…

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