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Charles McNeal in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 22, 2015 10:48 AM PDT
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...
August 26, 2015 10:59 PM PDT
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.Jeremy Thomas and Garrett Jacobson in the Doodlin' Lounge
August 25, 2015 02:07 PM PDT
This episode showcases two fabulous jazz organists from the Oklahoma City area. Both Jeremy and Garrett are gifted performers (Jeremy also an excellent drummer and Garrett a bluesy guitar player) and they will be presented in a duo-organ show at the UCO Jazz Lab (www.ucojazzlab.com) on Saturday, September 26. He hear a few tracks from some of their recorded work as well as engage Ted Carter (Legendary Hammond organ tech from Oklahoma City) in a short discussion about the organ itself.Ball Park Organists in the Doodlin' Lounge
August 20, 2015 09:31 AM PDT
Here's a different sort of Doodlin' Lounge podcast for you! I've spoken with ten Ball Park Organists for this episode and asked them all the same questions about their job and how playing the organ in a stadium has become synonymous with the American game of baseball. I think you're going to like this one. Thanks go out to Sue Nelson from the Twins, Gary Pressy from the Cubs, Josh Kantor from the Red Sox, Bobby Cressey from the Padres, Lori Moreland from the White Sox, Jeremy Boyer from the Cardinals, Steve Hogan from the Giants, Matthew Kaminski from the Braves and both Ed Alstrom and Paul Cartier from the Yankees. They all gave of their time and helped me produce a most entertaining and informative Doodlin' Lounge podcast for you. Enjoy!'The Doctor' Curtis Robinson in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 23, 2015 04:07 PM PDT
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
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
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
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
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 enjoyBootsie Barnes in the Doodlin' Lounge
April 16, 2015 08:18 PM PDT
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!
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