We’re just a week or so away from the launch of The Jazz Session, a new jazz interview podcast. The show is hosted by Jason Crane — that’s me. In case you’re wondering who I am, here’s the quick sketch:
I was born 1973 in Lenox, Massachusetts, home of Tanglewood and former home of the famed Music Inn and the Lenox School of Jazz. My professional career has covered a lot of bases — and a lot of the world. I began as a full-time soprano sax player in jazz, latin jazz and funk bands in Arizona, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. I’ve worked as an on-air host for KUAT (classical) and KUAZ (jazz) in Tucson; as a news announcer for Bloomberg Radio in Tokyo; and as Tokyo business correspondent for NPR’s Morning Edition.
From 2001-2004, I was station manager and jazz host at Jazz90.1 in Rochester, NY, where I interviewed more than 200 jazz artists, including: Claudia Acuna, Ben Allison, Karrin Allyson, Billy Bang, David Berkman, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Bruford, Jack DeJohnette, Kahil El’Zabar, Marty Erlich, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Fred Hersch, Bill Holman, Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Don Lanphere, Joe Locke, Les McCann, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Jane Monheit, David â€œFatheadâ€ Newman, Houston Person, Bobby Previte, David Sanborn, John Scofield, Curtis Steigers, Tierney Sutton, Cuong Vu, Bobby Watson, Fred Wesley, Matt Wilson, and Nancy Wilson.
Since then, I’ve hosted The Jason Crane Show, a broadcast/podcast show about the arts and activism. Now, however, I’m turning to jazz exclusively.
While you’re waiting for the first show to “air,” you might enjoy checking out some of my interviews at All About Jazz.
Thanks so much for visiting. Please subscribe to the RSS feed and stay tuned for the first show! Upcoming guests include:
- Grant Stewart
- Pat LaBarbera
- The Respect Sextet
- Bob Sneider
- …and many more!