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Jimmy Heath in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 05, 2016 10:21 PM PDT
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Continuing with my nod to nonagenarians, we have soon-to-be 90 year old Jimmy Heath! Jimmy's actual birthday is twenty days from this interview but I thought it fitting to grab him while I could since numerous celebrations are planned for him in the up-coming days. To say that Jimmy has played 'with everyone' would not be an exaggeration. His book is endless and the musical situations that he has found himself in are incomparable: Coltrane, Dizzy, Miles, you name it - and Jimmy Heath has been there. The one question I had for Jimmy was this: Since he came from the Jazz Organ Capital of the world, why hadn't he logged a few more encounters with the Hammond organ on stage... check it out!

Lou Donaldson in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 29, 2016 11:24 AM PDT
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As we approach Lou Donaldson's 90th birthday (11-1-26) we call him in the Bronx and chat with him about his health, golf game and musical activities. Lou's wit, humor and outlook on the world of music is unique to say the least! And, as he says, he always tells the truth! Forgive the blue (while enjoying the Blues!) - it's all so much a part of this amazing and always entertaining musical icon. Here's Sweet Papa Lou with me in my Doodlin' Lounge.

Freddie Roach in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 26, 2016 01:25 PM PDT
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As luck would have it, I connected with the son of Freddie Roach who graciously agreed to discuss the circumstances that surrounded the passing of Freddie Roach in 1980. In this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge we hear not only tracks from Freddie's discography but comments from some of his closest musical friends and the remarkable ending to his life as told to us by his son, Gregory Payton Roach. This is a Doodlin' Lounge podcast for serious jazz organ lovers! Enjoy!

Dr. Teodross Avery in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 23, 2016 02:14 PM PDT
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Saxophonist Teodross Avery helps celebrate the birthdate of John Coltrane with me in this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge. Recently receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Avery shares aspects of his dissertation on the music of John Coltrane. We hear a few tracks from Teodross' catalog as well as familiar classics from JC. I hope you find this both educational and entertaining.

Red Young in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 05, 2016 03:53 PM PDT
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Red Young has always been one of the most ambitious musicians I've ever known. He is always prepared; rehearsed and completely aware of what's needed to make it happen on that bandstand. He not only has a deep love for Jazz Organ but his piano chops and keyboard skills are simply incomparable. Whether he's on stage with Eric Burton or jammin' with Dr. Lonnie, Red has the 'feel' to turn any musical situation into a down-home groove. In this Doodlin' Lounge, we catch Red working on some personal projects and entertaining folks in and around Austin, Texas. Watch-out though, because Red is likely to load-up his trusty '71 B3 and pull into your neighborhood without any notice!

Shep Shepherd in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 11, 2016 10:38 PM PDT
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Continuing with my tribute to 'The Nonagenarians' we have 99 year old Shep Shepherd in this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge. It seems that Shep has done it all - drummer, vibraphonist, trombonist, masterful arranger and now vocalist in front of a big band! Here's Shep with the Saddleback Big Band under the direction of Joey Sellars. Their new CD, 'Swingin' with Shep!' debuts Friday, July 15 in a celebrated concert on the campus of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. I'm sure you will find this nonagenarian quite an inspiration...Enjoy!

Ken Nordine in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 09, 2016 07:27 PM PDT
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This marks the first in a new series that I'm producing called 'The Nonagenarians' That is, those folks who are still creating and evolving and contributing to the Arts while in their 90's. My first guest is voice talent, Ken Nordine who is now 96. He has been a personal favorite of mine ever since I can remember and it was a sheer joy to find him and be able to record a conversation. Ken came up with the phrase Word Jazz many years ago and has truly given us a most unique style and brand of the Spoken Word. I hope you enjoy

Congratulations to Dr. Lonnie Smith
June 14, 2016 09:22 AM PDT
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Lonnie has been named as one of the National Endowment for the Arts 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows and I cannot think of a more deserving musician to be honored in this way. Here's my morning congratulations to my brother-from-another-mother... to be aired on my Evening Jazz show on KCSM