The Jazz Session #387: Scott Burton (of Glows In The Dark)

Beach Of The War Gods (Glowing Realm Digital, 2011) is the latest CD from guitarist Scott Burton and his band Glows In The Dark. In this interview, Burton talks about his love of film and how it led to the source music for the album; the fertile music scene in Richmond, Virginia; and the way in which Anthony Braxton inspired the structure of Glows In The Dark. Learn more at Follow Burton on Twitter at @scotttburton and follow the band at @glowsinthedark.

The Jazz Session #373: Stranahan, Zaleski & Rosato

Anticipation (Capri Records, 2012) is the new CD by drummer Colin Stranahan, pianist Glenn Zaleski and bassist Rick Rosato. In this interview, conducted before the trio’s recent live show at Small’s in NYC, the three talk about their mutual appreciation of one another; the shared taste in music that animates their collaboration; and their individual paths into jazz. Learn more at, and

The Jazz Session #359: Raya Brass Band

Raya Brass Band’s new CD is Dancing On Roses, Dancing On Cinders (2012). In this interview, four of the five members of the band discuss its origins; the rhythmic underpinnings of Balkan music; the uses of improvisation in their performances; and how a movie caused one of the members of the band to quit his job and take up the accordion. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @RayaBrassBand.

The Jazz Session #348: The Wee Trio

The Wee Trio is James Westfall (vibes), Dan Loomis (bass) and Jared Schonig (drums). Their new album is Ashes To Ashes: A David Bowie Intraspective. In this interview, the trio talks about why they chose David Bowie — and why they were initially reluctant to do so; how they managed an 8,000-mile tour across the United States; and what makes the trio work as a unit. Learn more at and follow them on Twitter at @weetrois.

The Jazz Session #309: The Respect Sextet

The Respect Sextet is celebrating 10 years together. In this interview, the band looks back on a decade of performing and recording since they formed at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. They take us on a tour through their recordings and give us a glimpse of what’s to come. Learn more at

Concert note: The Respect Sextet is playing two New York shows in the coming weeks. Tomorrow (9/16/11) at The Stone and then their 10th anniversary show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 11, 2011.

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