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Akira Tana in the Doodlin' Lounge
December 01, 2014 09:14 PM PST
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Drummer Akira Tana has played with just about everyone! I know that sounds crazy but he truly does have a heavy-weight resume when it comes to performing and recording with many of the greatest jazz musicians over the last forty years. A modest man with a tremendous heart; Akira gives 110% each and every time he steps onto a stage and sits behind his drum kit. In this episode, Akira speaks candidly about his early days, giving perspective on how it was to come-of-age as a jazz drummer in NYC during the 70's

Rodney Jones in the Doodlin' Lounge
November 22, 2014 12:46 PM PST
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Guitarist Rodney Jones has done it all. As an instructor at both Julliard and Manhattan School of Music he is allowed to work with the musical voices of our future and on the road, he continues to work with the music legends of just about every genre. He is a solid player who is grounded to Mother Earth and comfortable in his existence as a musician, a teacher and an everyday, human being. It was a sincere pleasure to welcome Rodney to my Doodlin' Lounge. Enjoy...

Billy Nunn in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 31, 2014 04:55 PM PDT
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From Buffalo to Baltimore to Los Angeles and finally Las Vegas, Billy Nunn brings the real deal 'jazz organ thang' to the bandstand. In this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge we hear tracks from Billy's own personal files and get to hear how his career developed from the Chitlin Circuit all the way to the Tinsel Town. Dig what my man has got to say and the sound he gets on that organ...

Mitch Butler in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 21, 2014 12:20 PM PDT
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Trombonist Mitch Butler hit the ground running when he landed in Sunny California last year. As Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay, Dr. Butler has had the opportunity to keep his finger on the pulse of Jazz Education in this area while meeting and playing with some of the West Coast's finest musicians. I recently asked Mitch to join the Chester 'CT' Thompson Powerhouse group and he gladly accepted. Great things are in store for this marvelous musician and welcomed educator. The release 'Jazz Bonez' from Summit Records is highlighted in this episode of my podcast as it features Mitch's playing within an ensemble of trombonists. Enjoy...

Steve Heckman in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 15, 2014 07:16 PM PDT
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Saxophonist Steve Heckman has made the Bay Area his home since the late seventies. His reputation as a top shelf reedman has been well documented over the years. In 2009 he brought several equally gifted musicians into Fantasy Studios in Berkeley to record 18 remarkable tracks. These tracks ultimately wound up on two separate CD releases from Jazzed Media Records.
Steve Heckman will have a CD release party (with the same personnel as on these recordings) on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Yoshi's in Oakland. Check his web site for more information...otherwise, enjoy the conversation and music of Steve Heckman...

JC Stylles in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 02, 2014 04:35 PM PDT
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JC Stylles (known outside the music world as Jason Campbell) has a hot new CD out and we wanted to help shed light, not only on this great music but, on an extraordinary guitarist who has been Harlem's best kept secret for several years now. Originally from northern Australia, JC comes to the American Jazz community with a rare and inspiring story. Nestled comfortably in the organ combo scene of NYC, JC proves, once again, that 'the People's Music' is still alive and well...

John David Simon in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 24, 2014 01:37 PM PDT
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Saxophonist John David Simon is a seasoned veteran by my standards. His playing is in the tradition of our more soulful tenor titans and his resume and repertoire will support that. His latest release, 'Phantasm', caught my ear immediately as I remembered John from the very last recording we have of organist Don Patterson. John is a great conversationalist both verbally and via his many reed instruments. Enjoy this newly released music from a most important musician.

Charlie Apicella in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 05, 2014 01:04 PM PDT
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Guitarist Charlie Apicella brings his 'Iron City' group with their exciting sound to my Doodlin' Lounge. Featured tracks come from both his previous release, 'The Business', as well as the latest effort just released on Zoho Records called, 'Big Boss'. Charlie is a well-spoken musician with lots to say and lots more to play! Enjoy...

Fareed Haque in the Doodlin' Lounge
August 07, 2014 11:30 AM PDT
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The dynamic virtuoso guitar work of Fareed Haque is sampled in this episode. Fareed's playing runs the gamut of musical intrigue as evidenced by his catalog and most recent release, 'Trance Hypothesis' (delmark). Fareed's conversation is most interesting and insightful as we skip through his career and identify 'truth' as the most important ingredient in his composing, performing and teaching. Enjoy a truly fascinating human being/musician... the photo is taken from a Brandy McDonnell article on NewsOK

Brian Charette in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 08, 2014 08:49 AM PDT
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Brian returns to my Doodlin' Lounge with his debut CD on Positone Records, 'Square One'. We talk about this music as well as his recent adventures abroad. Recently recognized in the Downbeat Magazine Poll as the 'Rising Star' on organ, Brian shares his thoughts, activities and bright moments in this episode... Enjoy!

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