The Jazz Session #542: Yoko Miwa

Pianist Yoko Miwa‘s new album, Songs Of Joy, comes out on February 12, 2021. In this interview, Miwa talks about recording during the pandemic; the loss of her father and how she memorialized him in a composition; why she continues to include Monk in her repertoire; and much more.

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Intro voice: Chuck Ingersoll

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The Jazz Session #541: Lara Driscoll of the Firm Roots Duo

Lara Driscoll is half of the Firm Roots Duo, a two-piano ensemble also featuring her husband Chris White. In this interview, Lara talks about the challenges of performing and recording with two pianos; how she and Chris work together as composers; fun times in an RV; the fascinating story of recording their new album, Firm Roots; and more.

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I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians on The Jazz Session since 2007. I’m now living in a van and traveling the country, so I need your support more than ever. Please become a member today at thejazzsession.com/join. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus show.

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Intro voice: Chuck Ingersoll

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The Jazz Session #540: Yelena Eckemoff

Pianist Yelena Eckemoff is a prolific composer. In this interview, she talks about Nocturnal Animals, which came out earlier this year, and Adventures Of The Wildflower, which comes out in March 2021. Eckemoff also talks about incorporating poetry and prose and art into her musical presentations; the path from idea to composition; and much more.

Technical note: This is the first episode I recorded in my van, so you may detect some slight audio differences from previous episodes. I’ll iron out those imperfections as I travel. Thanks for your patience.

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I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians on The Jazz Session since 2007. Now I’m doing it in a van as I travel the United States. I need your support more than ever. Please become a member today at thejazzsession.com/join. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus show.

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Intro voice: Chuck Ingersoll

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The Jazz Session #539: Tomoko Omura

Violinist Tomoko Omura‘s latest album is Branches, Vol. 1. In this interview, she talks about the album’s sonic landscape; how she drew from Japanese folktales to write the music; the gorgeous artwork by Trina Hines; and a lot more. Be sure to also watch the illustrated music video for “Revenge of the Rabbit.”

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I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians on The Jazz Session since 2007. By the time you hear this episode, I’ll be living in a van and traveling the country. I need your support more than ever. Please become a member today at thejazzsession.com/join. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus show.

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Intro voice: Chuck Ingersoll

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The Jazz Session #538: Miki Yamanaka

Pianist Miki Yamanaka‘s new album is Human Dust Suite. In this interview, Yamanaka talks about the artwork that inspired the suite; how she left a graduate program in seismology in Japan to become a jazz pianist in New York; why she chose the specific players who accompany her on the album; and more.

CONCERT NOTE: Miki Yamanaka is playing with Philip Harper at Smalls Jazz Club this Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 5 pm and 7 pm ET. You can attend in person, or else stream the show anywhere at https://www.smallslive.com.

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I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians on The Jazz Session since 2007. As I prepare to head out on the road in a van (which will also be my home) to record interviews, I need your support more than ever. Please become a member today at thejazzsession.com/join. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus show.

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Intro voice: Chuck Ingersoll

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