The Jazz Session #503: Jason Palmer Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Trumpeter Jason Palmer is a busy man. He’s about to release a new quartet record, followed by an album funded by a grant from Chamber Music America. He’s also an educator, touring musician, and composer. In this interview, Palmer talks about his early days at Wally’s inContinue reading “The Jazz Session #503: Jason Palmer”

The Jazz Session #495: Taylor Ho Bynum Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Taylor Ho Bynum just released The Ambiguity Manifesto (2019, Firehouse 12 Records), an album featuring his “9-tet.” In this interview, Taylor talks about his outstanding band; the evolution of his compositions in recent years; the many exciting projects he has coming up; and a lot more. (Here’sContinue reading “The Jazz Session #495: Taylor Ho Bynum”

The Jazz Session #456: Steve Lampert Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Trumpeter and composer Steve Lampert’s new album is Zahskl’s Jukebox, Vol. 1. In this interview, Lampert talks about the space-age concept behind the album; the complex process of producing both the music and the actual recording; why he doesn’t play live anymore; and how a guy whoContinue reading “The Jazz Session #456: Steve Lampert”

Your favorite Clifford Brown performances

I asked folks on Twitter and Facebook for their favorite performances by trumpeter Clifford Brown. Here’s what they said: Alison Wedding, Justin Smith and Nicholas Urie said “Delilah.” Nicholas said, “They cultivated such an incredibly clear atmosphere in Delilah. The arrangement is also incredible — it is just great! This was one of the firstContinue reading “Your favorite Clifford Brown performances”

The Jazz Session #424: Ralph Alessi Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS Trumpeter Ralph Alessi’s new album is Baida (ECM, 2013). In this interview, Alessi talks about the cohesiveness of this band after multiple albums together; playing the record for his mother in her final days; and his many years studying classical music before his experience at CalArts changedContinue reading “The Jazz Session #424: Ralph Alessi”