Bite Size Jazz: A podcast with a taste of new albums and new artists! In less than 20 minutes you get an insider's look at each artist's life and music. Musicians include Sara Gazarek, Kenny Barron, Jamison Ross and more. Tune in every Tuesday for new episodes!
26 Le Dad and The Ninos: Nowhere Else I'd Rather Be
Based out of Salt Lake City, the band Le Dad and The Ninos say they were influenced by genres such as R&B, soul and jazz. Their music is a mesh of styles, kind of like their name, a purposely non-sensical mix of French, English and Spanish. They recently released a single, "Nowhere Else I'd Rather Be," which they say is dedicated to Le Mom (who they're still looking for, by the way).
They also give us a preview of their next single "I Won’t Wait," a musical tribute to a dear friend and fellow musician who passed away far too young. “No one spoke music like Brooks did. It was like he put all his pain and darkness into the music and it came straight through the instrument.” The song serves as a reminder of the limited time available in this life, and emphasizes the importance of showing we care while we still can.
They plan to release the full album in late summer, recording tracks in the meantime from the drummer’s basement and a friend’s studio and dreaming of touring the US, the world, then possibly Mars and the universe they tell me.
25 Emmet Cohen: Future Stride
"I'm concerned with the lineage, and excited by the lineage of the music and the lineage of humanity, knowing that in order to understand what's going to happen in the future, we have to understand and excavate things about the past."
Emmet Cohen discusses the importance of understanding the history and music of the jazz greats, before pushing the music forward into the future. His album Future Stride does just that, resurrecting 20s classics like "Dardanella" but also using modern techniques such as overdubbing on originals like "Little Angel."
24 Ramon Valle: Inner State
Jazz pianist Ramon Valle's got a lot of energy and a good sense of humor - but also a lot of good insight on music and jazz in particular.
He grew up in Cuba with grandfather showing him classical music and his father showing him records from Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. He was basically self taught in the jazz realm and after a chance encounter at a jam session in Cuba, got the chance to tour Europe and start a career there.
23 Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth
Veronica explained that the concept for this album started years in advance - she wanted to have a record that was a commentary on global issues, but not a political activism album. "This Bitter Earth" does just that, talking about issues like racism, sexism, and domestic abuse among others. She does so in a witty, sarcastic way that gives way to her real opinion. But, she as she sings in the title track, if we all come together in the end, "this bitter earth may not be so bitter after all."
And of course, Veronica will blow you away with her singing, as will the band with her! Tune in, you'll love hearing from Veronica!
22 Patricia Brennan: Maquishti
Join me in conversation with vibraphonist Patricia Brennan as we discuss her solo album, Maquishti! We talk about the effects she uses in her music, her improvisation style, why she decided to do a solo album and more!
21 Gretchen Parlato: Flor
Gretchen Parlato, the award winning, Grammy-nominated, internationally touring jazz vocalist, just released a new album FLOR - available today - which is her first album in several years after taking a step back to focus on being a mom!
We talk about the songs on the album - why it was inspired by Brazilian Music, why she included a David Bowie song - and dive into her decision to focus on motherhood and how that changed her music!!