12 episodes

The VJC Q&T podcast is produced by the Valley Jazz Cooperative and hosted by VJC Director Russell Schmidt. In each episode, Russ shares questions and tangents (Q&T) with musicians, artists, and friends. Whether discussing seminal moments that have shaped the lives of our guests, pondering the nature of creativity, or exploring any interesting digressions that come up, the conversation is always entertaining.

The VJC Q&T podcast: Two roads diverge in a wood...and we’re cool with both.

VJC Q&T Russell Schmidt

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The VJC Q&T podcast is produced by the Valley Jazz Cooperative and hosted by VJC Director Russell Schmidt. In each episode, Russ shares questions and tangents (Q&T) with musicians, artists, and friends. Whether discussing seminal moments that have shaped the lives of our guests, pondering the nature of creativity, or exploring any interesting digressions that come up, the conversation is always entertaining.

The VJC Q&T podcast: Two roads diverge in a wood...and we’re cool with both.

    Q&T with Mary Petrich – Neptunefulness

    Q&T with Mary Petrich – Neptunefulness

    Phoenix-based saxophonist/composer/educator Mary Petrich stops by the VJC Q&T podcast for a spirited conversation with host Russell Schmidt. A founding member of the Nash Composers Coalition, Mary is deeply admired by her peers for her uniquely creative voice, both as a performer and composer. Join us today as we share questions and tangents on such matters as how practice habits can morph into compositions, the connection between vibration in one’s horn and vibration in the body, and even consider how the creative process might be analogous to excavation.

    NOTE: This episode was recorded in late February 2020. It is the final VJC Q&T episode to be recorded prior to the massive upheaval resulting from the global pandemic. While thought was given to shelving this episode–as the current state of affairs goes blissfully unmentioned throughout–the decision was made to release it nonetheless, in large part because it frequently focuses on beauty in the creative process.

    • 37 min
    Q&T with Nancy Buck – State of the Union (Vol. II)

    Q&T with Nancy Buck – State of the Union (Vol. II)

    Noted classical artist/teacher Nancy Buck (Arizona State University Associate Professor of Viola; Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Arizona Violacademy) returns to the VJC Q&T podcast, joining host Russell Schmidt for more questions and tangents. Nancy and Russ have shared a journey together in music education since they first met in 1995 at Bowling Green State University’s new faculty orientation, and have maintained a joyous partnership on and off the concert stage for more than 20 years. In this second of their podcasts together, they discuss why playing with others must be an “ears-over-eyes” experience, what it means to contribute texture to music, and even how varieties of chocolate might relate to a performing artist’s concept of sound.

    • 29 min
    Q&T with Nancy Buck – State of the Union (Vol. I)

    Q&T with Nancy Buck – State of the Union (Vol. I)

    VJC Q&T podcast host Russell Schmidt shares questions and tangents with classical artist/teacher Nancy Buck (Arizona State University Associate Professor of Viola; Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Arizona Violacademy). They have shared a journey together in music education since they first met in 1995 at Bowling Green State University’s new faculty orientation, and have maintained a joyous partnership on and off the concert stage for more than 20 years. In this first of two podcasts together, they discuss the pervasive impact a great mentor teacher can have, the factors that shifted her path from violinist to violist, and even the unexpected benefits that may fall to the first student of the day to get a lesson.

    • 40 min
    Q&T with Caleb Kilian & Russell Schmidt – The Big 180 (with a side of Parlando-Rubato)

    Q&T with Caleb Kilian & Russell Schmidt – The Big 180 (with a side of Parlando-Rubato)

    The tables have turned. In this episode, VJC Q&T producer Caleb Kilian interviews the usual podcast host, Russell Schmidt. Together, they share questions and tangents on a number of subjects, including the intersection of objectivity and subjectivity in education, how a mentor teacher continues to impact his life thirty years after his passing, and even why musicians “playing in parallel” might not be as good a thing as it sounds.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Q&T with Clarke Rigsby – And Russ Forgets To Ask About Snuff Garrett

    Q&T with Clarke Rigsby – And Russ Forgets To Ask About Snuff Garrett

    VJC Q&T podcast host Russell Schmidt shares questions and tangents with Emmy-winning recording engineer/composer Clarke Rigsby (Founder/Owner of Tempest Recording in Tempe, AZ). In various studio recordings and/or live performances, Clarke has collaborated with such artists as Joey DeFrancesco, Bo Diddley, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, Trisha Yearwood, Tower of Power, and many, many other greats. Join Russ and Clarke in a spirited discussion as they explore the sense of occasion that can happen for musicians entering a recording studio, why system upgrades aren’t always evidence of progress, and even what is or isn’t lurking inside a tube amp. (Spoiler alert: Those aren’t light bulbs back there.)

    • 41 min
    Q&T with Pam Morita – Music and Love and Working on Ourselves

    Q&T with Pam Morita – Music and Love and Working on Ourselves

    VJC Q&T podcast host Russell Schmidt shares questions and tangents with jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and educator Pam Morita (The Nash Futures Workshop, Paradise Valley Community College). In this episode, they discuss Pam’s transition from a classical piano student to a working jazz musician, why she is particularly motivated to work with music students who are at the beginning of their jazz journeys, and even how a more optimistic worldview allows her to find beauty in some interesting places.

    • 44 min

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