The Jazz Session is a podcast focusing on in-depth conversations with jazz musicians. It's the first and oldest such podcast, started in 2007 by Jason Crane. It is hosted and produced by Nicky Schrire since September 2021. Nicky speaks to jazz musicians about their creative output, and the intersection of life and music.
The Jazz Session #566: Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard is one of jazz’s most esteemed trumpeters and defies expectations by creating a spectrum of artistic pursuits. He’s a twice-Oscar nominated film composers, and a two-time opera composer whose most recent opera “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” opens New York’s Metropolitan Opera season on 27 September 2021. A month ago, on the 27th August, Terence released his new album Absence on Blue Note Records. It features his synth-inflected band E-Collective and the acclaimed Turtle Island Quartet and pays homage to the life and music of the great Wayne Shorter. Terence was in the middle of rehearsing the opera in NYC when we chatted about jazz, opera, film scoring, and the lasting effect of great teachers.
The Jazz Session #565: Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato burst onto the scene in 2004, when she won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Voice Competition. Since then, she's been nominated for a Grammy, released five albums, performed with Wayne Shorter, Kamasi Washington, Becca Stevens and more, and massively influenced several generations of jazz vocalists. After 8 years spent exploring and enjoying motherhood, she made something of return to jazz with her album "Flor”, released on Edition Records in 2021. The album celebrates both her re-emergence, a blossoming if you will, and her love for the Brazilian sounds that shaped her. We talk about the music of Flor, her advice on dealing with criticism, and how she feels about having impacted the jazz vocal landscape with her signature understated singing and impeccable musicianship.
-What Does A Lion Say
-Cello Suite No. 1 BWV 1007 Minuet I & II
-Same Stare, Different Thought (with David Binney)
-É Preciso Perdoar
Flor was released in March 2021 on Edition Records
Gretchen's "Flor Stories" on Instagram
Helen McKenzie Roasts Gretchen Parlato’s “The Lost and Found”
David Binney's Album "Graylen Epicenter" On Bandcamp
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The Jazz Session #564: Dave Liebman
Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman was last on The Jazz Session in 2010 so we were due for a catch up, especially because he has a new album “Selflessness: The Music of John Coltrane” out on Dot Time Records on 3 September, a day before his 75th birthday. We chat about Trane (of course!), Dave's time playing with Miles Davis, and the timelessness of Rodger and Hammerstein's "My Favourite Things".
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The Jazz Session #563: Gian Slater
Vocalist Gian Slater's most recent album is Grey is Ground. In this interview, Slater talks about the five years of work to create the album; the tension between rhythm and melody so artfully displayed on the recording; navigating the genre question; and much more.
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Excellent insightful interviewing of talented artists. A goldmine of quality modern jazz recommendations. I’m losing sleep listening to the archives!
Great Set of podcasts
With a hugely varied guest listcovering all sorts of styles and artists. I look forward to the downloads and I am discovering some great new sounds through it - keep it going