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Michael Kocour in the Doodlin' Lounge
November 16, 2015 05:30 PM PST
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Michael Kocour has been on the scene - and I mean the 'organ scene'- for a very long while. His biggest impact was in the Chicago area playing with folks like Joel Spencer and Brad Wheeler among others. He moved to Arizona to teach at Arizona State University in 2004 and since has been busy balancing the two worlds of piano and organ jazz in the clubs and teaching in the classroom. This balancing act has paid off, as evidenced by his newly released CD, 'Spiffy' from which we lift several tracks for this episode. I'm sure you will find Michael's perspective of Jazz Organ to be most interesting and entertaining. The photo was taken by Michael Woodall.

John Brewer in the Doodlin' Lounge
November 12, 2015 11:45 PM PST
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I found John's music on Jazz Camp and thought I'd share, not only his organ trio's groove, but his honest and realistic perspective in today's music market. John plays piano as well as keys and organ although this episode features mostly organ tracks from his release entitled, 'The New Orleans Session'. I found John's music to be both entertaining as well as firmly embedded in the 'feel good' category. Let me know how it sounds to you...

Jonah Kane-West in the Doodlin' Lounge
November 05, 2015 10:05 AM PST
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Jonah comes to the Doodlin' Lounge by way of guitarist Randy Johnston who called me a few weeks ago and raved about this young man's organ playing. It didn't take me long to contact Jonah and invite him into my imaginary organ room. Jonah has studied with Tony Monaco and sites guitarist Jake Langley and organist Mike Flanigan as significant influences along the way. Jonah definitely has 'the feel' and will amaze you with his comfortable style and formidable chops. Enjoy Jonah Kane-West out of Charlottesville, Virginia

Bobby Sparks in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 31, 2015 04:24 PM PDT
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Bobby Sparks - from Dallas, Texas - has amazed music fans and, in particular, organ fanatics ever since he was a young kid playing in Church. He has amassed a huge resume by playing with folks like Roy Hargrove, Dianne Reeves, Snarky Puppy, Tower of Power, Marcus Miller and many, many more. This Doodlin' Lounge Podcast offers just a sampling of his recorded effort and when I can get my hands on more tracks, I'll expand this podcast to the hour that I normally produce. Right now, I'm borrowing a lot from his YouTube presence. No doubt about it: Bobby Sparks is a phenomenon!

Ronnie Foster in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 06, 2015 04:22 PM PDT
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Ronnie Foster began his career in music at a very young age and, happily, it was the Hammond organ that he chose as his main instrument. As a twelve-year-old, he approached Jimmy Smith for lessons and was soon swept-up into the heaviest of jazz organ scenes, making life-long friends with folks like Stevie Wonder and George Benson. Many wondered what became of Ronnie since his recording career seemed to slow-down and his live performances began to multiply in various incarnations around Las Vegas. This episode of my Doodlin' Lounge may answer some questions as to the meanderings of the great Ronnie Foster. Enjoy!

Charles McNeal in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 22, 2015 10:48 AM PDT
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Charles McNeal is an extraordinary saxophonist who spends most of his life honing his craft. If he isn't practicing for an up-coming gig, he's transcribing solos so that his students and players around the world can stay on top of their own playing. His devotion to this music and dedication to his instrument is unparalleled. I chose selections from various recordings in this episode to try and reveal a bit of Charles' musical spectrum. I hope you enjoy...
Visit him online and tell him you heard him in the Doodlin' Lounge!

Louis Pain in the Doodlin' Lounge
August 26, 2015 10:59 PM PDT
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Organist Louis Pain has had a steady gig with drummer Mel Brown at Jimmy Mak's in Portland OR for going-on 17 years. This a rare occurrence in the world of jazz and blues organists. Being a part of the Portland music scene has brought Louis into numerous bands and exposed him to musical situations that he might not have seen elsewhere. 'King Louie' is a fixture on the Portland music horizon and I was long over-due inviting him into my Doodlin' Lounge. Enjoy what Louis has to say and a track from his up-and-coming CD release with vocalist LaRhonda Steele.