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Boogaloo Joe Jones in the Doodlin' Lounge
April 18, 2017 11:40 AM PDT
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Guitarist Ivan Jones was eventually known as 'Boogaloo' Joe Jones as a 'ploy' according to him. Hear more in this 2006 phone interview with Joe Jones about his life and music mixed in with various tracks from his Prestige recording days. Originally presented on my radio show in April of 2006, this episode remains one of my favorites

Jimmy McGriff in the Doodlin' Lounge
April 17, 2017 06:56 PM PDT
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This version of my tribute to the late Jimmy McGriff was first heard in 2008 soon after Jimmy's passing (5-24-2008). I was fortunate to have a recorded interview with Jimmy from 1992 that I juxtaposed several of his more familiar tracks around. I hope you like...

Winston Walls in the Doodlin' Lounge
April 10, 2017 02:46 PM PDT
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I dipped back into my DL Archives for this one. I had called pianist/organist, Winston Walls (1936-2008) right after Schoolkids' Records released his live recording from a Detroit concert with Jack McDuff (SKR 1516). The CD was called 'Boss of the B3'and it was an important jazz organ recording for a number of reasons. We talked about the recording and its significance - the interview, alone, is a rare document to an under-recognized musician. The stories that have been told about Winston are classic! This episode of the DL features both Winston Walls and Jack McDuff on separate organs with Pistol Allen on drums, Gene Parker on tenor and Chris Buzelli on guitar. Enjoy!

Johnny Hammond Smith in the Doodlin' Lounge
March 28, 2017 01:07 PM PDT
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This show goes back several years (1994) in one my first phone conversations with the late Johnny Hammond Smith. After this was aired I began producing a Jazz Organ Fellowship Tribute to Johnny which was sponsored by Tim Jackson and the Monterey Jazz Festival and became one of the most talked-about shows of that festival in 1995. Johnny was a true musical treasures in this country and, in my opinion, was not given the degree of recognition that he deserved. Enjoy!

Jack McDuff in the Doodlin' Lounge
March 26, 2017 02:40 PM PDT
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This was originally aired on my radio version of the Doodlin' Lounge in 1996. That was a very busy year for Jack and I recorded this conversation while we were at breakfast in the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. Jack had been featured in our annual Organ Summit that year.

Joey DeFrancesco in the Doodlin' Lounge
February 28, 2017 04:40 PM PST
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Joey returns to my Doodlin' Lounge with a new recording on a new label. With his trio comprised of guitarist Dan Wilson and drummer Jason Brown - now together for two years - Joey adds the tenor saxophone voice of Troy Roberts to a most interesting, dare I say, spiritual take on organ jazz. Enjoy with me, this new music from the ever-fascinating Joey DeFrancesco

Eugenie Jones in the Doodlin' Lounge
February 02, 2017 09:36 PM PST
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Vocalist Eugenie Jones comes to us from the Seattle area and currently flies high with two new CDs on the Open Mic Record label. It was through these recordings that I first met Eugenie and the recent Jazz Connect Conference in NYC where I actually shook her hand. Her music and lyrics are original for the most part and reflective of her life-to-date. I hope you'll find that listening to her conversation juxtaposed to these recorded efforts will reveal a most inspirational artist on her way to the top.

Greg Hatza in the Doodlin' Lounge
January 26, 2017 11:24 PM PST
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Veteran Jazz Organist, Greg Hatza, revisits his R & B roots in his newest CD - 'Digging up My Roots'... In this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge, we talk with Greg about this new release and sample several of the tracks. Originally from Reading, PA, Greg was encouraged as a teenager to play in a Baltimore jazz club owned by football-great, Lenny Moore and ultimately record a debut album for Coral Records. Since then Greg has become one of that city's leading Jazz Organists; recording numerous albums and dabbling in a variety of musical genres. Enjoy these R & B classics re-done by a soulfully seasoned artist.

George Wein in the Doodlin' Lounge
December 10, 2016 04:22 PM PST
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Jazz impresario, festival producer and all-around music promoter, George Wein is my guest in this episode of the Doodlin' Lounge. Begining in 1954 with his Newport Jazz Festival George Wein has set the stage and protocol for just about all other jazz festivals to follow. His innovative thinking and "reason to be', as he says, sets him apart from all others with respect to the exposure and promotion of new talent and the homage to those who have contributed so much to American Folk Music and Jazz. It was an honor to chat with Mr. Wein for this podcast and I hope you enjoy. The photo courtesy of Carolyn McClair & Doborah Ross... many thanks

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!

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