The Jazz Session #488: Noah Preminger

Saxophonist Noah Preminger‘s new album is Zigsaw: Music Of Steve Lampert. In this interview, Preminger talks about the fascinating creative and recording processes that resulted in this new record; the many albums he’s released in recent years; his future touring and recording plans; and more. You’ll find a previous interview with Noah here, and one with composer Steve Lampert here.

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The Jazz Session #480: Sam Newsome

Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome is about to release Chaos Theory: Song Cycles for Prepared Saxophone. It’s a surprising and fascinating album that highlights Newsome’s explorations with the variety of sounds the soprano saxophone can make. In this interview, Newsome talks about how he started experimenting with prepared saxophone; why he likes playing solo shows; how movement impacts his music; and why he appreciates teaching students who aren’t majoring in music. Learn more at http://www.somenewmusic.com/. Be sure to check out Sam Newsome’s previous appearance on The Jazz Session.

The Jazz Session is weekly again! With this episode, The Jazz Session returns to being a weekly podcast. New episodes will come out every Wednesday. I’ve been recording conversations with jazz musicians since 2007. I think it’s important work that deserves public support. I’d also like to be able to do it for my living. If you agree that The Jazz Session is worth supporting, become a member today for just $5 a month at thejazzsession.com/join. You’ll get a monthly bonus episode, early access to every show, and a yearly gift. We had several new members join this past week. Big thanks to Jason, Colleen, Ryan, Uwe and Ken for joining, and to Lance for doubling his pledge. Help me make this show for decades to come by joining today. Thank you.

The Jazz Session #475: Chris Greene

Saxophonist Chris Greene just released PlaySpace, a live album recorded with his long-time band. In this interview, Greene talks about the music on the album and why he likes playing with his bandmates; funk, jazz, accessibility and secret handshakes; the musicians and bands who’ve influenced his approach to making music; and why it’s OK for people to enjoy shows. Learn more at https://chrisgreenejazz.com/.

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The Jazz Session #473: Ben Wendel

Saxophonist and bassoonist Ben Wendel’s latest album is The Seasons. The album began as a series of YouTube duets, which have now been recast for a full band. In this interview, Wendel talks about the origins of the video project; reaching people with music in the era of social media; his band Kneebody and their rock-band-like approach to touring; and the next things he’s working on. Learn more at benwendel.com.

ON TOUR: Ben Wendel and The Seasons band are on tour Feb. 1-9, 2019. They start tonight (Feb. 1) in LA and finish in Chicago on Feb. 9. A complete list of tour dates is here.

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The Jazz Session #468: Walter Smith III

Saxophonist Walter Smith III’s new album is called Twio. It features a program of standards played by Smith with bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Eric Harland. Smith is on a half-dozen albums coming out in the latter half of 2018, several of which are discussed in the interview. He also talks about his time at Berklee and how that influenced his career; the impact of working with masters such as Roy Haynes and Terence Blanchard; and how an ice cream social led to a major change in his life. Learn more at waltersmith3.com.

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