The Jazz Session #395: Nashville Jazz Workshop

The Nashville Jazz Workshop is “a non-profit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community.” In this interview, co-founder and Director of Operations Roger Spencer talks about turning a decades-old unused industrial space into an oasis for jazz education and performance; why he’s unhappy with a lot of college jazz programs and how the Workshop’s approach is different; and the wide variety of amateurs and professionals who find a musical home at the Workshop. Learn more at

The Jazz Session #172: Spike Wilner of Small’s Jazz Club

Spike Wilner is a jazz pianist and also one of the owners of Small’s Jazz Club in New York City. In this interview, Wilner talks about the often colorful history of the club; it’s philosophy of musical intimacy; and how it has become “a hang” for jazz musicians. Learn more at

The Jazz Session #171: Seth Abramson of Jazz Standard

Seth Abramson is a musician and longtime music promoter who books Jazz Standard, one of the premier jazz clubs in New York. In this interview, Abramsom talks about the musical philosophy of the Starndard; how he decides who to book when; and how the Standard got its start. Learn more at