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Eugenie Jones in the Doodlin' Lounge
February 02, 2017 09:36 PM PST
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Vocalist Eugenie Jones comes to us from the Seattle area and currently flies high with two new CDs on the Open Mic Record label. It was through these recordings that I first met Eugenie and the recent Jazz Connect Conference in NYC where I actually shook her hand. Her music and lyrics are original for the most part and reflective of her life-to-date. I hope you'll find that listening to her conversation juxtaposed to these recorded efforts will reveal a most inspirational artist on her way to the top.

Greg Hatza in the Doodlin' Lounge
January 26, 2017 11:24 PM PST
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Veteran Jazz Organist, Greg Hatza, revisits his R & B roots in his newest CD - 'Digging up My Roots'... In this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge, we talk with Greg about this new release and sample several of the tracks. Originally from Reading, PA, Greg was encouraged as a teenager to play in a Baltimore jazz club owned by football-great, Lenny Moore and ultimately record a debut album for Coral Records. Since then Greg has become one of that city's leading Jazz Organists; recording numerous albums and dabbling in a variety of musical genres. Enjoy these R & B classics re-done by a soulfully seasoned artist.

George Wein in the Doodlin' Lounge
December 10, 2016 04:22 PM PST
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Jazz impresario, festival producer and all-around music promoter, George Wein is my guest in this episode of the Doodlin' Lounge. Begining in 1954 with his Newport Jazz Festival George Wein has set the stage and protocol for just about all other jazz festivals to follow. His innovative thinking and "reason to be', as he says, sets him apart from all others with respect to the exposure and promotion of new talent and the homage to those who have contributed so much to American Folk Music and Jazz. It was an honor to chat with Mr. Wein for this podcast and I hope you enjoy. The photo courtesy of Carolyn McClair & Doborah Ross... many thanks

Jimmy Heath in the Doodlin' Lounge
October 05, 2016 10:21 PM PDT
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Continuing with my nod to nonagenarians, we have soon-to-be 90 year old Jimmy Heath! Jimmy's actual birthday is twenty days from this interview but I thought it fitting to grab him while I could since numerous celebrations are planned for him in the up-coming days. To say that Jimmy has played 'with everyone' would not be an exaggeration. His book is endless and the musical situations that he has found himself in are incomparable: Coltrane, Dizzy, Miles, you name it - and Jimmy Heath has been there. The one question I had for Jimmy was this: Since he came from the Jazz Organ Capital of the world, why hadn't he logged a few more encounters with the Hammond organ on stage... check it out!

Lou Donaldson in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 29, 2016 11:24 AM PDT
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As we approach Lou Donaldson's 90th birthday (11-1-26) we call him in the Bronx and chat with him about his health, golf game and musical activities. Lou's wit, humor and outlook on the world of music is unique to say the least! And, as he says, he always tells the truth! Forgive the blue (while enjoying the Blues!) - it's all so much a part of this amazing and always entertaining musical icon. Here's Sweet Papa Lou with me in my Doodlin' Lounge.

Freddie Roach in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 26, 2016 01:25 PM PDT
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As luck would have it, I connected with the son of Freddie Roach who graciously agreed to discuss the circumstances that surrounded the passing of Freddie Roach in 1980. In this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge we hear not only tracks from Freddie's discography but comments from some of his closest musical friends and the remarkable ending to his life as told to us by his son, Gregory Payton Roach. This is a Doodlin' Lounge podcast for serious jazz organ lovers! Enjoy!

Dr. Teodross Avery in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 23, 2016 02:14 PM PDT
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Saxophonist Teodross Avery helps celebrate the birthdate of John Coltrane with me in this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge. Recently receiving his doctorate degree, Dr. Avery shares aspects of his dissertation on the music of John Coltrane. We hear a few tracks from Teodross' catalog as well as familiar classics from JC. I hope you find this both educational and entertaining.

Red Young in the Doodlin' Lounge
September 05, 2016 03:53 PM PDT
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Red Young has always been one of the most ambitious musicians I've ever known. He is always prepared; rehearsed and completely aware of what's needed to make it happen on that bandstand. He not only has a deep love for Jazz Organ but his piano chops and keyboard skills are simply incomparable. Whether he's on stage with Eric Burton or jammin' with Dr. Lonnie, Red has the 'feel' to turn any musical situation into a down-home groove. In this Doodlin' Lounge, we catch Red working on some personal projects and entertaining folks in and around Austin, Texas. Watch-out though, because Red is likely to load-up his trusty '71 B3 and pull into your neighborhood without any notice!

Shep Shepherd in the Doodlin' Lounge
July 11, 2016 10:38 PM PDT
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Continuing with my tribute to 'The Nonagenarians' we have 99 year old Shep Shepherd in this episode of my Doodlin' Lounge. It seems that Shep has done it all - drummer, vibraphonist, trombonist, masterful arranger and now vocalist in front of a big band! Here's Shep with the Saddleback Big Band under the direction of Joey Sellars. Their new CD, 'Swingin' with Shep!' debuts Friday, July 15 in a celebrated concert on the campus of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. I'm sure you will find this nonagenarian quite an inspiration...Enjoy!