The Jazz Session #525: Chad Taylor

Drummer Chad Taylor‘s latest record is a collaboration with saxophonist Brian Settles and pianist Neil Podgurski called The Daily Biological (Cuneiform Records, 2020). In this interview, Taylor talks about his early days with Brian Settles and comedian Dave Chappelle; the origin of this trio; his work with the recently departed Henry Grimes; life during the pandemic; and more.

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The Jazz Session #508: Jerome Jennings

On Solidarity, drummer Jerome Jennings pays tribute to the courage of African-American women activists. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jennings talks about the work he did to educate himself on the history of African-American women in struggle; trans activist Marsha P. Johnson; his fascinating approach to the drums on “Bebop,” the album’s opening track; and a whole lot more. Members will get bonus audio. Also, despite what I say at the top of the show, this is indeed episode #508.

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The Jazz Session #493: Dor Herskovits

Drummer Dor Herskovits is on two new albums: Flying Elephants (with his own quintet) and Easy Listening (with the collective band Earprint). In this interview, Herskovits talks about the genesis of both bands; the use of humor in music; how his son’s impending birth inspired a song and a story; and more.

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The Jazz Session #485: Allison Miller & Carmen Staaf

Science Fair (Sunnyside Records, 2018) is the debut project from the team of drummer Allison Miller and pianist Carmen Staaf. In this interview, Miller and Staaf talk about the unlikely way they met; their shared love of swing, groove and dance; how they chose the other members of their band; and more. (Note: Carmen has been on the show before. Listen to her 2011 interview.)

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