JazzLife is a 90-minute sonic exploration of today’s current jazz scene, through artist interviews, in-depth profiles, live festival coverage and exclusive concert footage.
Highlighting both legends and emergent voices, JazzLife offers a nod to the past, bringing back how jazz was first introduced to most people, while also looking ahead at those furthering this rich oral tradition. Musicians and vocalists will have a platform to talk candidly about how they create and what inspires their music.
Since 2008, Shannon J. Effinger has been an arts and cultural writer for publications such as DownBeat, NPR Jazz, EBONY, JazzTimes, Caribbean Beat, The Revivalist (OkayPlayer.com), and Time Out New York, among others. Her work has highlighted many renown music festivals, both in the US and abroad—South Africa, Panama & Haiti, among other countries.
Episode #16: Nasheet Waits
One-on-one conversation with NYC drummer Nasheet Waits.
Episode #15: Samora & Elena Pinderhughes (The Transformations Suite)
One-on-one conversations with pianist Samora Pinderhughes & flutist Elena Pinderhughes, about The Transformations Suite, their most politically-charged effort to date.
Episode #14: Herlin Riley & Godwin Louis (NOLA & Haiti)
One-on-one conversations with the great drummer Herlin Riley and rising young saxophonist Godwin Louis.
Episode #13: Living Colour's Will Calhoun and Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar
One-on-one conversations with Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun (Celebrating Elvin Jones) & Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the Urban Bush Women dance company.
Episode #12: Detroit Jazz Fest (Ron Carter, Roy Hargrove, Terri Lyne Carrington, et. al.)
Live highlights from the 37th Annual Detroil Jazz Fest (2016):
Charenee Wade & Lakecia Benjamin, Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, Ron Carter, Kirk Lightsey, Robert Hurst, Louis Hayes, Terri Lyne Carrington, Luciana Souza and Roy Hargrove w/ Strings.
Episode #11: Satchmo Summerfest (Victor Goines, Bill Summers, The Soul Rebels)
Highlights from NOLA's Satchmo Summerfest 2016. One-on-one conversations with NOLA's finest: Victor Goines (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson) & the mighty Soul Rebels!