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Where Music Dances with Mystery - with co-hosts Bill Carter and Jeff Kellam

The Spirit of Jazz Presbybop Music

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Where Music Dances with Mystery - with co-hosts Bill Carter and Jeff Kellam

    Jazz Comes to Church

    Jazz Comes to Church

    Episode 41 – Jazz Comes to Church (June 6, 2024)Our two co-hosts talk about bringing jazz into a worship service. How and where does it fit? Bill Carter has been doing this for decades, so he shares some m...

    • 23 min
    Pulling the Music Off the Shelf

    Pulling the Music Off the Shelf

    In this musical episode, Bill Carter and Jeff Kellam discuss the development (or redevelopment) of old material, musical or otherwise. Bill introduces a suite of four tunes originally composed for a 2001 concert at Binghamton (NY) University. He has recently revised and updated them for a jazz sextet, and we hear the second “premiere” of the music. Enjoy – there’s a lot of music.Music in this episode: “Suite SUNY” by Bill Carter and used by permission from Presbybop Music (BMI). Previously un...

    • 36 min
    Live or Studio?

    Live or Studio?

    Here is our first “Mailbag Episode,” where Bill Carter and Jeff Kellam address a burning question from one from our listeners: Which is better? Live jazz or jazz recorded in the studio? Our two raconteurs discuss this, and demonstrate the difference between the studio recording of Bill’s tune, “Rumpelstiltskin” and a very recent live concert recording. Can you hear the difference? We think you can.Any more questions? Send them to office (at) presbybop (dot) com.Music in this episode: “Rumpels...

    • 28 min
    Composing a New Book

    Composing a New Book

    Jeff asked Bill, "Is composing a new book like composing a jazz tune?" What follows is a lively conversation about writing Thriving on a Riff: Jazz and the Spiritual Life. How was the book put together? What was the process? How is the composition of the book an expression of creativity? Be sure to give this episode a listen. And if you are so inclined, contact our preferred bookseller and get your copy of the book by clicking here.Music on this episode:“Refracted Light” by Bill Carter, reco...

    • 31 min
    The Endless Musical Field of Ike Sturm

    The Endless Musical Field of Ike Sturm

    There are many extraordinary souls in the jazz community. Here is one to know: Ike Sturm. He is a bassist, composer, band leader, and creative spirit. What fun to speak with him about his formation as a musician, his creation of a jazz mass, and his earth-honoring duo called "Endless Field." It's a perfect episode for Earth Day - or Earth Year.Music: "Gloria" from JazzMass, composed by Ike Sturm"The Well," from Alive in the Wilderness, Endless Field.Theme music: "All Thumbs" from Faith i...

    • 35 min
    BONUS - Jazz for Holy Week

    BONUS - Jazz for Holy Week

    BONUS - For Holy Week, we offer a re-broadcast of a previous episode. What does jazz have to do with Jerusalem? Especially the Jerusalem that Jesus entered for the last week of his life? That's the topic explored in this episode. Our co-hosts discuss the moods and senstitivities for a week of struggle and pain. They share live clips from the Presbybop Quartet as the band interpreted the passion of Jesus in a Good Friday jazz vespers at a large church near Philadelphia. They also offer a ...

    • 30 min

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