TJS #530: Leni Stern

Guitarist Leni Stern has spent years collaborating with musicians from other cultures and musical styles, particularly with musicians from Senegal and Mali. On her latest album, 4, Stern continues that work, and adds Argentinian keyboardist Leo Genovese into the mix. In this interview, Stern talks about how she started studying west African music; adapting her own playing to the rhythmic needs of the music; her varied musical partners; and the return of some live music to New York City.

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The Jazz Session #529: Jamie Baum

Flute player Jamie Baum talks about her experiences as a New-York-based jazz musician during the pandemic. She also sheds light on her experiments with South Asian music; appreciation vs. appropriation; her various composing projects; and some upcoming album releases.

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The Jazz Session #528: Cat Toren

Welcome to the premiere of season 13 of The Jazz Session! This episode begins with some big news before turning to pianist Cat Toren and her new album, Scintillating Beauty. In this interview, Toren talks about the genesis of the new record; sound healing; bringing a child into the world; her upcoming projects; and the challenge of navigating online spaces.

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TJS Summer Hiatus 2020: Shadows And Light with Dwight

In this episode, Dwight from Eat The Rich joins me to talk about Joni Mitchell’s 1980 live album Shadows And Light. The album features Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Michael Brecker, Jaco Pastorius, Don Alias, and The Persuasions. We talk about some of the highlights of the record and play excerpts. Then we talk about the current economic state of the jazz world, and what the future might bring. You’ll also learn more about Dwight’s show, Eat The Rich. You can follow Dwight and Eat The Rich on Twitter, and support ETR on Patreon.

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The Jazz Session #527: Ben Goldberg

Since the beginning of quarantine, clarinetist Ben Goldberg has been recording a new piece of music each day in a project called Plague Diary. In this interview, Goldberg talks about why he started this project; how Steve Lacy helped him articulate an artistic vision; the influence of poet/educator/prophet Allen Grossman; and much more.

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This is the final episode of season 12. If you’d like to get the members-only that will be released during the summer hiatus in July and August, please become a member today at thejazzsession.com/join. New regular episodes of The Jazz Session will resume in September 2020.

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