The Jazz Session #318: Gerald Wilson (Part 1) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Composer and bandleader Gerald Wilson’s new CD is Legacy (Mack Avenue Records, 2011). This is part one of a two-part conversation. In this episode, Gerald Wilson talks about growing up in the South and listening to music with his brother; his move to Detroit to attend anContinue reading “The Jazz Session #318: Gerald Wilson (Part 1)”

The Jazz Session #262: Maria Schneider Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Composer Maria Schneider’s most recent CD is Sky Blue (ArtistShare). Now Schneider has turned her attention to the classical world, composing music for soprano and orchestra. In this interview, Schneider talks about how a meeting with soprano Dawn Upshaw led to this new direction in her music;Continue reading “The Jazz Session #262: Maria Schneider”

The Jazz Session #244: Nicholas Urie Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Nicholas Urie’s new album, My Garden (Red Piano Records, 2011), features his settings of the poems of Charles Bukowski. In this interview, Urie talks about his identification with Bukowski, who, like Urie, spent much of his life in Los Angeles; the challenges of setting Bukowski’s non-lyrical poems;Continue reading “The Jazz Session #244: Nicholas Urie”

The Jazz Session #207: Don Sebesky (CTI Records) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Grammy and Tony award winner Don Sebesky wrote and arranged music for many of the classic CTI recordings. You can hear his work on a new boxed set, CTI: The Cool Revolution (Sony Masterworks, 2010). In this interview, Sebesky talks about how CTI got started and howContinue reading “The Jazz Session #207: Don Sebesky (CTI Records)”

The Jazz Session #204: Darrell Katz Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Composer Darrell Katz leads an all-star ensemble of Boston’s finest through a program of his own compositions on A Wallflower In The Amazon (Accurate Records, 2010). In this interview, Katz talks about the album’s musical diversity; his use of poetry as text for some of his compositions;Continue reading “The Jazz Session #204: Darrell Katz”