The Jazz Session #444: Peter Apfelbaum

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Peter Apfelbaum’s latest release is an EP by his new band Sparkler called I Colored It In For You. In this interview, Apfelbaum talks about bringing the groove back to jazz; his upbringing in Berkeley; playing with Don Cherry; and his approach to composition and to leading bands. This interview features music by Sparkler, plus a tune from Apfelbaum’s upcoming solo album on Loove Arts and music by his New York Hieroglyphics band. Learn more at peterapfelbaum.com.

The Jazz Session #443: Rudresh Mahanthappa

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Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s new album is Bird Calls (ACT, 2015). The album was inspired by the music of Charlie Parker, although Mahanthappa composed original music rather than play Parker’s tunes. In this interview, he talks about the reasoning behind that choice; how hearing Charlie Parker affected him as a teenager; and why the best tribute to Bird is to not play his music. Learn more about Rudresh Mahanthappa at rudreshm.com.

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The Jazz Session #433: Eric DiVito

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Guitarist Eric DiVito‘s new album is The Second Time Around (PJC, 2013), featuring Corcoran Holt on bass and Alyssa Falk Verheyn on drums, with guest appearances by Mavis Swan Poole and Steve Wilson. In this interview, DiVito talks about his approach to standards; the recording session and what made it work so well; finding originality in arranging; and his take on a being a jazz guitarist. Learn more at ericdivito.com and follow him on Twitter at @ericdivitomusic.

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The Jazz Session #428: Shirantha Beddage

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Baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage’s latest album is Identity (Addo Records, 2012). In this interview, Beddage talks about searching for his identity as a musician and as an educator; his years in New York and Georgia and how they shaped his current sound; the institutionalization of jazz in the university system; and the Toronto jazz scene. Learn more at shiranthabeddage.com and follow him on Twitter at @beddagemusic.

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The Jazz Session #247: Sarah Manning

Saxophonist Sarah Manning brings her personal approach to the sound of the saxophone to her newest recording, Dandelion Clock (Posi-Tone, 2010). In this interview, Manning talks about how she focuses on sound in her playing; the way she assembled her band; and why she’s happy she took risks on this record. Learn more at sarahmanningmusic.com.

Tracks used in this episode: The Peacocks; Marble; The Owls (Are On The March); Through The Keyhole; Habersham Street; Dandelion Clock; Windmills Of Your Mind.

NOTE:: I wrote a poem based on something Sarah said in this interview. Read “Whale Song.”