The Jazz Session #511: Terry Teachout on Duke Ellington

Terry Teachout is the author of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Penguin, 2013). In this interview, Teachout talks about Ellington’s complex character; his genius as a composer; Ellington’s sometimes fraught collaborations with his fellow musicians; and a lot more.

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The Jazz Session #426: Michael Weiss and Sean H. Doyle


Michael Weiss is a pianist and composer. His most recent album is Soul Journey. In this interview, Weiss talks about his often challenging music and how he revisits compositions for each performance; his years with jazz masters such as Jon Hendricks, Junior Cook and Johnny Griffin; and how listening to Wayne Shorter gave him the green light to try more adventurous writing. Learn more at


Sean H. Doyle is a writer and recovering musician from Brooklyn. Following up on a conversation on Twitter, Sean and I talk about attitude in music and why it attracts him. Sean also gives listeners several suggestions on bands from the punk and noise worlds, and talks about the similarities they share with improvised music. Learn more at and follow him on Twitter at @seanhdoyle.

The Jazz Session #241: Hank Shteamer on Henry Threadgill

Music writer and musician Hank Shteamer talks about Mosaic’s new Henry Threadgill boxed set, The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air, for which Shteamer wrote the liner notes. In this interview, Shteamer talks about the two-decade period covered by the set; the amazing variety of Threadgill’s bands and compositions; Threadgill’s infectious humor; and how Threadgill differs from other musical iconoclasts. Get the boxed set at Mosaic’s site, and read more of Hank Shteamer’s writing at his excellent blog, Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches.

Tracks used in this episode: Card Five: Open Air Suit; Come Carry The Day; Salute To The Enema Bandit; Paille Street; Noisy Flowers; Sweet Holy Rag.

NOTE: Listen to Henry Threadgill on The Jazz Session talking about his Zooid project.

NOTE 2: A poem inspired by one of the tracks on the Mosaic boxed set: “Threadgill’s birds”

The Jazz Session #167: Paul Pines

Paul Pines is a poet with roots deep in the jazz world. In the 1970s, he opened and ran the Tin Palace, a bar in the Bowery where he booked many of the great jazz names of the day and others who would get some of their earliest gigs at the Palace. Pines has published several books of poetry and fiction, including the recent Last Call At The Tin Palace (Marsh Hawk Press, 2009). In this interview, recorded after a reading by Pines in Albany, NY, Pines talks about the early days of the Tin Palace; his working-class approach to running a jazz club; and some of the artists who graced the Palace’s stage. Pines also reads from his new book and gives a preview of the year’s Lake George Jazz Weekend, which he’s run for nearly three decades. Learn more at

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