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Mitch Butler in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 21, 2014 12:20 PM PDT
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
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.
October 02, 2014 04:35 PM PDT
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
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
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
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 NewsOKBrian Charette in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 08, 2014 08:49 AM PDT
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!Charles Covington in the Doodlin' Lounge
June 29, 2014 10:17 AM PDT
Charles Covington has just retired from his teaching position at Howard University and is planning to do more performing and recording. This was a perfect time for me to catch-up with Charles about his music and the myriad of activities he is involved with. There are also new YouTube clips from a recital that Charles gave at his Howard retirement party and an up-coming performance at the Kennedy Center in New York City. I tried to select tracks in this episode that would demonstrate Charles' broad approach to the music. Enjoy...Horace Silver in the Doodlin' Lounge
June 18, 2014 05:53 PM PDT
This is a very sad day indeed. I had mixed feelings when I heard that Horace had passed this morning. I knew he had been struggling with life for quite a while and knew it was only a matter of time. I only hoped that he was comfortable in his final days. I also knew that his son Gregory was helping his father in this phase of his life and was keeping alive the integrity that was so much a part of Horace Silver and his music.
June 07, 2014 11:26 AM PDT
Paul stops by my imaginary Doodlin' Lounge to talk about his roots; tenure with Joey DeFrancesco; and the path that his own music has been on over the last several decades. Now based in NYC, Paul spent some of his early years in India before returning to the States and settling in the Washington DC area where much of his musical growth took place. Paul is a great story teller and a master of his instrument... which makes for an ideal guest in my Doodlin' Lounge.
Here in my Doodlin' Lounge we try to take you on a musical fantasy. We search the globe for musicians with soulful messages and playful hearts. www.doodlinlounge.com ... and also stop by our record label to see our latest releases... www.doodlinrecords.com ... You can hear me 'live' every Tuesday night/Wednesday morning from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM on KCSM in San Mateo. It's a more generic jazz radio format. Visit: www.kcsm.org and click on 'Jazz 91' then 'Listen Live'
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