Tomorrow night on The New Jazz Thing at 7pm PT, flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford will be coming into the studio for an interview to talk with Vince Outlaw about their latest release "Turn Signal" that's also a part of our new adds this week. While they live in San Diego, they're usually always performing in other cities so it'll be a pleasure to have them!
I've got a couple of fun interviews queued up for The New Jazz Thing, Monday January 9, 2012 6-8 PM PT on Jazz 88.3 FM KSDS San Diego Webcast at Jazz 88...
Paul Keeling - Former San Diego pianist and member of Gilbert Castellanos' band in the 90's is playing at a Dizzy's San Diego show at 98 Bottles and has his 2011 release "The Farthest Reach" for us to listen to and chat about.
Ian Tordella - San Diego saxophonist who is Kickstarting his latest CD "Tragic Comedy" with a Kickstarter.com project and a January 21 gig / art-showing at 98 Bottles (I'm sensing a rising Jazz venue here), so we'll be chatting with Ian about that and his other goings-on.
Jazz News: Kickstarter Music Project stats for 2011 (it was a good year for music projects), alternative ways of selling music such as Bandcamp, portfolio careers for musicians, and more New! Follow TNJT Jazz News on Facebook and Twitter.
On The New Jazz Thing Monday, December 26, 2011 we'll be looking back at some of the best music, interviews, concerts we've had the pleasure of sharing in 2011. We made a big move to Monday night in 2011 (TNJT was on Thursdays for over 10 years) and we had some great times in studio, on the phone, at Jazz Live San Diego, and more. We'll also look at some of the Jazz critics picks across the net for best of 2011.
Why Jazz? A question a lot of us Jazzers get when asked about our passion for the music, it's history, and part in American and World Culture. NPR Jazz Critic and Author of the 2011 book "Why Jazz?" Kevin Whitehead will chat with us on The New Jazz Thing on Monday December 19, 2011 between 7:20 and 7:40 PM PT about that, the stories he covered and his favorites releases of 2011, and a look at what's coming up in for Jazz in 2012.
And here are some of Kevin's favorites for 2011...
2011 best (again & as ever, I’d rather list 10 good ones than try to rank them, so divide the points how you do. three are from the last century. in zedyxical order:) Craig Taborn, Avenging Angel, ECM Tyshawn Sorey, Oblique – I, Pi São Paulo Underground, Três Cabeças Loucuras, Cuneiform Michael Moore Quartet, Amsterdam, Ramboy Roscoe Mitchell, Before There Was Sound, Nessa Billy Hart, Sixty-Eight, SteepleChase Gigi Gryce, Doin’ the Gigi, Uptown Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project Tim Berne, Insomnia, Clean Feed Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening, Blue Note
debut: Bryan Hooten, Richmond Love Call (Solo Trombone), Bryan Hooten
Latin: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Faith, 5Passion
vocal: Ran Blake/Dominique Eade, Whirlpool, Jazz Project
reissues (no particular order): Julius Hemphill, Dogon A.D., International Phonograph FMP Im Rückblick - In Retrospect, FMP Modern Jazz Quartet, Atlantic Studio Recordings, Mosaic
One of the inventors of Funk, Fred Wesley, will be chatting with me Monday, December 19, 2011 6:40 PM PT on The New Jazz Thing! He will be playing December 30, 2011 with the Greyboy Allstars at the Belly Up Tavern, so we'll chat about that, "The Lost Album" of never before released music from The JB's and Fred, his Jazzy history (and there is LOTS of that with Count Basie's Orch, George Benson...), and more...really looking forward to it! Here are some funky good licks to wet your appetite!
Where's Fred! It's all on his blog...and there are some great pictures there too!
Fred's Allmusic.com Bio (by Jason Ankeny). And it's a short click away to his Discography, and Credits (where you see ALL the James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, and lots more that Fred has played on). Wow!
An Interview with Pat Martino! The legendary Jazz guitarist made the first of his over 25 recordings as a leader in 1967 (El Hombre on Pretige), suffered a memory-erasing accident in 1980, and has climbed to the top of the Jazz charts with his new release "Undeniable".
Critical Jazz Review of "Undeniable": "Captured
at the top of his game in an incredible live set that shows that
despite the numerous physical set backs, the prodigious musical talents
of one of the very best at his craft hold up well over time.
Here's what's going down on The New Jazz Thing with Vince Outlaw, Monday, November 14, 2011...
Herb Alpert! (FB, @HerbAlpert) The legendary trumpeter, composer, and music executive will be on the show to chat about his appearance with wife Lani Hall, Friday, November 18, 2011 date at the Balboa Theatre. We'll also chat about how he came to form A&M records, the role of Jazz in his music, and more!
Live Music Guide Review of "I Feel You" (Kelsey Miller): Alpert and Hall’s romantic chemistry
transfers exceptionally onto the 15 tracks, with two of jazz music’s
finest presenting a fun yet calming, easy listening album. The release’s
many covers are presented in a new, fresh way and the original songs
prove exactly what makes both all-star jazz musicians just that in the
Jazz Week Jazz Album Chart Top 10 for 11/14/2011: The new list isn't even released yet, but you will get the info FIRST! Hint: There's a new #1 and at least one new album in the top 10 this week! Lots of 2011 familiars bumping each other around!
Vocalist Leonard Patton's new "Expressions" has been out a week, we heard a lot from it at Anthology in October, and now we get to chat about this new collaboration with the great Geoffrey Keezer at 7:20 PM PT on TNJT!
What a great way to spend Halloween...talking with Mark Dresser, a true innovator and pioneer in improvisational music and collaborative methods and technologies...a dream for a geek like me! In addition to the interview, here are a couple other bits about Telematics and the show this Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7PM at UCSD...
Here is Part 1 of a YouTube video of Mark and his collaborators preparing for and rehearsing a previous telematic performance event he chatted about in our interview, called Deep Tones for Peace...(and here's a link to a playlist of all three parts of Deep Tones For Peace)
Here's a video performance of Telemotions (a piece he also plays with Jen Shyu on "Synastry")...
Here's a performance by Mark Dresser and Jen Shyu...