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'The Doctor' Curtis Robinson in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 23, 2015 04:07 PM PDT
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I'm going a bit 'smoother' on y'all in this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge. I just couldn't resist the groove that Curtis Robinson has created in this new recording...and with his 'tribute to the musicians and music of Motown', I just had to share. Nick-named 'The Doctor', guitarist Curtis Robinson floats through familiar tunes that we all know and love; recalling our long-standing affection for Motown and it's contributors. I hope you like the music and the wisdom that 'The Doctor' is puttin' down! The photo you see was taken by James Walker (thanks!)

Pat Bianchi in the Doodlin' Lounge
June 09, 2015 12:30 PM PDT
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Organist Pat Bianchi returns to my Doodlin' Lounge with newly recorded music. 'A Higher Standard' is Pat's newest effort and it's making its way to the top with support from organ fans worldwide. Originally from up-state New York, Pat showed talent and initiative from the start. While in Denver, he honed his skills and, now in NYC for a well over a decade, Pat seems to have fulfilled many of his dreams on his way to the upper echelon of the Jazz Organ World. In this episode we sample both new and past recordings from Pat's discography. Enjoy!

Peter Bernstein in the Doodlin' Lounge
June 03, 2015 09:34 PM PDT
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Guitarist Peter Bernstein has been on the scene now for over 25 years. His resume reads like a who's-who with musical credits alongside such greats as Melvin Rhyne, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Larry Goldings and Mike LeDonne... And those are just the organists! Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson recognized Pete's talents early-on, as did Jim Hall and so many other giants in our music industry. As his own leadership status continues to grow, we see Pete expanding his horizons and increasing his activities. I felt gratified to have been able to catch him between gigs for this short but fun visit to my Doodlin' Lounge.

Cory Weeds in the Doodlin' Lounge
May 04, 2015 10:24 AM PDT
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To say that saxophonist Cory Weeds has worn many hats over the years would be a grave understatement. Vancouver-based, Cory Weeds has done more than anyone I know of in his generation to create, produce and promote jazz music on a multi level basis. A true lover of the organ combo, Cory quickly became a favorite in my Doodlin' Lounge. His record label, 'Cellar Live', has been able to provide us with some of the best contemporary music that has been performed at the actual jazz club of the same name. Although 'Cellar Live', the club, is now defunct, the plethora of recorded music that Cory has collected should supply our need for many years to come. In this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge we discuss Cory's efforts to promote the top jazz artists of today; record with many of them; and pay homage to those who have influenced him over the years. In this podcast it is Cory's nod to Jackie McLean which is highlighted.

Christian McBride
April 28, 2015 01:35 PM PDT
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Bassist Christian McBride has been hosting a wonderful show on NPR called 'Jazz Night in America' which is carried by many of the jazz stations across the country. Before my own 'Evening Jazz' program on KCSM, I run this show. It so happened that last week's show was about 'Jazz Organ in Philadelphia' and I was anxious to hear what the producers had in mind. After viewing the video on the NPR web site and airing the radio version hosted by Christian, I decided it would be fun to ask Christian into my Doodlin' Lounge for further discussions on his home town and the jazz organists he knew - hence, this DL evolved... I hope you enjoy

Bootsie Barnes in the Doodlin' Lounge
April 16, 2015 08:18 PM PDT
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Robert 'Bootsie' Barnes is a true legend in his own time. Bootsie represents the very best of Philadelphia jazz not only because of the tremendous legacy he is creating for himself but for the continuing education and guidance he provides for up-coming musicians. I knew that when we started our conversation, it could go in any number of directions...but fortunately for me we stayed in an organ combo state of mind (my comfort zone). Needless to say, Bootsie Barnes has played with 'everyone' in that genre. As I said at the outset, this will have to be part one of a continuing dialog we have with Bootsie in my Doodlin' Lounge. Enjoy!

Cecil Brooks III in the Doodlin' Lounge
March 26, 2015 05:04 PM PDT
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Drummer Cecil Brooks III is a plethora of information on top of being one of our greatest jazz drummers. His expertise extends far beyond the drum kit as a composer, arranger, educator, record producer and, yes, businessman. Cecil and his wife were the proud owners of 'Cecil's Jazz Club' in Ease Orange, New Jersey for over a decade. Today he makes his home in southern California but his musical activities have not diminished one bit. Taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with us here in my Doodlin' Lounge, was most appreciated. Here is Cecil Brooks the Third. Enjoy!

Doug Carn in the Doodlin' Lounge
February 10, 2015 12:42 PM PST
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Organist/Pianist Doug Carn returns to my Doodlin' Lounge for a chat about his music, old and new, as well as his pending visit to the west coast for a four-night-run in three different venues. Doug will perform at Cafe Stritch in San Jose on February 19; Savanna Jazz in San Francisco on both Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21; and finally, Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz on Sunday, February 22 (the Sunday show will be recorded). With Doug will be the explosive, tenor duo of Howard Wiley and Teodross Avery. Deszon Claiborne will be the drummer for this exciting weekend of organ jazz. If you cannot ,make any of these shows, well, at least you've got Doug right here in my Doodlin' Lounge ... Enjoy!

Eric Johnson in the Doodlin' Lounge
February 08, 2015 09:50 PM PST
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Guitarist Eric Johnson has seen it all and played with the best. Brother Jack McDuff took the eighteen year old Eric under his wing, after being recommended by George Benson, and showed him how it was done. Eric went on to play with just about every notable jazz organist of that era and developed quite a resume for himself that, to this day, stands well above the norm. Enjoy tracks from Eric's discography in this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge

Duane Eubanks in the Doodlin' Lounge
February 05, 2015 04:40 PM PST
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Trumpeter Duane Eubanks makes his debut appearance in my Doodlin' Lounge. Yes, we rolled the Hammond organ to the side of our imaginary bandstand and brought out our baby grand for Duane and his quintet. Duane's newest release on Sunnyside Records boasts the work of Marc Cary, Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton and Dezron Douglas... along with vibraphonist Steve Nelson on a few tracks. Duane discusses this new music as well as his musical family and his rapidly developing career in music... hopin' you'll enjoy... (photo credit is unknown at this time... please contact me if this is your property so that I can properly acknowledge. PF)

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