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Author: Ken Laster

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From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion.
No smooth jazz here!
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Episode May 19 2024

Episode May 19 2024

2024-05-1959:04

Featured new music from Kenny Barron, Lori Bell, Dan Pugach. Classic jazz from Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean and James Moody. Lastly, we say farewell to David Sanborn. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Christopher Hollyday ~ Dialogue ~ Dialogue Jackie McLean ~ What Is This Thing Called Love? ~ Nature Boy Kenny Barron ~ Innocence ~ Beyond This Place Lori Bell Quartet ~ Black Narcissus ~ Recorda Me - Remembering Joe Henderson Joe Henderson ~ In 'n Out ~ In 'n Out  James Moody ~ I'm in the Mood for Love ~ Moody's Mood for Love Dan Pugach ~ Travel  ~ Bianca David Sanborn ~ Full House ~ Upfront
Episode May 12 2024

Episode May 12 2024

2024-05-1259:29

A playlist inadvertently populated with San Diego artists like Matt Hall, Lori Bell, Christopher Hollyday and Steph Johnson. Also of note is a debut recording by Sarah Hanahan, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Tyshawn Sorey. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Matt Hall ~ Biscuits & Gravy ~ I Hope to My Never Sarah Hanahan ~ We Bop! ~ Among Giants Jackie McLean ~ Climax ~ Jacknife Lori Bell Quartet ~ Serenity ~ Recorda Me - Remembering Joe Henderson Steph Johnson ~ Lazy Afternoon ~ So in Love Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne & Ray Brown ~ Crisis ~ Poll Winners Three! Christopher Hollyday ~ Minor Pulsation ~ Dialogue Tyshawn Sorey ~ Reincarnation Blues ~ Continuing
New Music 2024

New Music 2024

2024-05-0559:13

This episode features all new music from jazz legends and newcomers alike. Of special note is the latest releases from Jeremy Pelt and Charles McPherson, and Lori Bell (paying tribute to Joe Henderson). Once again, we feature a set of San Diego artists. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Jeremy Pelt ~ Basquiat ~ Tomorrow's Another Day Remy Le Boeuf ~ New Beginnings ~ Heartland Radio Dan Pugach ~ Dreams ~ Bianca Peter Martin ~ Abstract Courage ~ Peter Martin & Generation S Mackenzie Leighton ~ The Obfuscator ~ I Remember Lori Bell Quartet ~ Shade of Jade ~ Recorda Me - Remembering Joe Henderson Charles McPherson ~ Blues for Lonnie in Three ~ Reverence Joel Frahm ~ I Didn't Know What Time It Was ~ I'm Old Fashioned
San Diego scene and more

San Diego scene and more

2024-04-2801:00:18

San Diego's jazz scene takes center stage in this episode! We'll be featuring brand new releases from a jazz legend, saxophonist Charles McPherson and rising star bassist MacKenzie Leighton. We'll also have music from other San Diego favorites Christopher Hollyday and Matt Hall. The show kicks off and wraps up with fantastic vocalese singers LH&R and saxophonists Frahm, Woods, and Farrell. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Lambert, Hendricks & Ross ~ Everybody's Boppin' ~ The Hottest New Group In Jazz Joel Frahm ~ Yesterdays ~ I'm Old Fashioned Charles McPherson ~ Ode to Barry ~ Reverence Christopher Hollyday ~ Dialogue ~ Dialogue Mackenzie Leighton ~ Pm/Am ~ I Remember Matt Hall ~ Spearhead ~ I Hope to My Never Phil Woods ~ Airegin ~ Musique du bois Joe Farrell ~ Sound Down ~ Outback
420 Celebration

420 Celebration

2024-04-2059:24

The opening track was chosen specifically for 420 Day! The rest of the tracks make for a fine 420 celebration for jazz fans as well. Hope you are Groovin' High. Some classics to bookend this show in the first and last tracks, but mostly new music is sandwiched in between.  Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Cannonball Adderley & Milt Jackson ~ Groovin' High ~ Things Are Getting Better Ulysses Owens Jr. ~ Better Days ~ A New Beat Veronica Swift ~ Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me ~ Veronica Swift Joel Frahm ~ Just One of Those Things  ~ I'm Old Fashioned Mackenzie Leighton ~ November ~ I Remember Dan Pugach ~ Schleppin' ~ Bianca Gary Burton & Chick Corea ~ Crystal Silence ~ Crystal Silence Hank Mobley ~ Up Over and Out ~ Reach Out!
Episode April 14, 2024

Episode April 14, 2024

2024-04-1458:13

Lots of new releases included in this week's podcast including jazz masters McPherson, Metheny, Manne (remastered). Also notable are tracks from Dave Holland and Hampton Hawes. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Charles McPherson ~ Come Rain or Come Shine ~ Reverence Mackenzie Leighton ~ Western Man ~ I Remember Dave Holland Quartet ~ Four Winds ~ Conference of the Birds Pat Metheny ~ MoonDial ~ MoonDial Pat Metheny Group ~ Airstream ~ American Garage Hampton Hawes Trio ~ Evening Trane ~ High In The Sky (Remastered) Shelly Manne and His Men ~ Step Lightly ~ Shelly Manne and His Men At the Black Hawk, Vol. 2
Jazz Covers of Soul

Jazz Covers of Soul

2024-04-0759:531

These are jazz covers of mostly soul tunes of the 60's-70's. The episode ends with a familiar jazz standard as played by Ahmad Jamal, and a great new big band arranger and drummer, Dan Pugach.  Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Dr. Lonnie Smith ~ Trouble Man ~ Jungle Soul Billy Childs ~ Stoned Soul Picnic ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro Luke Sellick & Andrew Renfroe ~ Ain't No Mountain High Enough ~ Single Hampton Hawes ~ The Look of Love ~ The Two Sides Of Kenny Garrett ~ I Say a Little Prayer ~ Pushing the World Away The Bad Plus ~ Long Distance Runaround ~ For All I Care (With Wendy Lewis) Joe Farrell ~ Too High ~ Penny Arcade Ahmad Jamal Trio ~ On Green Dolphin Street ~ Count 'Em 88 Dan Pugach ~ Discourse This! ~ Bianca
Fusion 70's to Today

Fusion 70's to Today

2024-03-3158:55

Today's show is all about jazz/rock fusion. We begin with 70's fusion from Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra. The latter half of the show is current music influenced by not only decades old jazz and fusion, but rock, beats and hip-hop. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Chick Corea ~ Shadow of Lo ~ Where Have I Known You Before Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ One Word ~ Birds of Fire Freddie Hubbard ~ Red Clay ~ Red Clay Andrew Renfroe ~ BIG COUNTRY ~ Big Country EP Tina Raymond ~ The Emperor ~ Divinations Kneebody ~ The Trip ~ Chapters Mark Guiliana ~ under the influence ~ the sound of listening
Episode Mar 24 2024

Episode Mar 24 2024

2024-03-2459:14

Once again we mix the old with the new. Of particular interest is new music by Charles Lloyd and Linda Oh. On the classics there is Rollins, Cannonball, Mobley and Evans. We close out the set with a San Diego favorite John Opferkuch. Playlist  Artist ~ Name ~ Album Eberhard Weber & The Gary Burton Quartet ~ B & G (Midwestern Nights Dream) ~ Passengers Linda May Han Oh ~ Phosphorus ~ The Glass Hours Sonny Rollins ~ Wonderful! Wonderful! ~ Newk's Time Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ The Old Country ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Hank Mobley ~ Lookin' East ~ Reach Out! Charles Lloyd ~ Monk’s Dance ~ The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow Bill Evans ~ The Peacocks ~ You Must Believe In Spring John Opferkuch ~ Amerique ~ The Kennedy Files
An Eclectic Mix

An Eclectic Mix

2024-03-1701:00:11

This show features an eclectic mix, beginning with new releases followed by 70's fusion and concluding with classic 50's jazz.   Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Mike DiRubbo ~ The Moment Before Sunrise ~ Inner Light Charles Lloyd ~ Booker’s Garden ~ Booker's Garden - Single Samara Joy ~ Round Midnight ~ Linger Awhile David Liebman ~ Within You Without You ~ Sweet Hands Return to Forever ~ Game Maker ~ Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy Eberhard Weber & The Gary Burton Quartet ~ B & G (Midwestern Nights Dream) ~ Passengers Sonny Rollins ~ Wonderful! Wonderful! ~ Newk's Time
Episode Mar 10 2024

Episode Mar 10 2024

2024-03-1001:00:04

This episode begins with new music from guitarist Andrew Renfro and vibraphonist Joel Ross. We then work our way back to the 1950's with classic Brubeck, Wes and Trane. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Andrew Renfroe ~ BIG COUNTRY ~ Big Country EP Joel Ross ~ nublues ~ nublues Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger ~ This Woman's Work ~ Force Majeure Samara Joy ~ Misty ~ Linger Awhile Shelly Manne and His Men ~ Our Delight ~ Shelly Manne & His Men At the Blackhawk, Vol. 1 The Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ The Duke ~ Jazz: Red, Hot and Cool Wes Montgomery ~ Four On Six ~ The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery John Coltrane ~ Moment's Notice ~ Blue Train
Episode Mar 3 2024

Episode Mar 3 2024

2024-03-0358:19

Brand new music and familiar standards in this week's episode. New releases from Ulysses Owens, Nicole Zuraitis and Chris Potter, interspersed wth blasts from the past from trumpeter Jim Rotondi and Herbie Hancock. The show concludes with a fusion masterpiece with lush orchestrations by Mahavishnu Orchestra. Playlist Artist ~ Track ~ Album Ulysses Owens Jr. ~ Bird Lives ~ A New Beat Jim Rotondi ~ Little B's Poem ~ Excursions Herbie Hancock ~ Oliloqui Valley ~ Empyrean Isles Nicole Zuraitis & Gilad Hekselman ~ Save it for a Rainy Day (single) Chris Potter ~ Dream of Home (single) Mahavishnu Orchestra ~ Vision Is A Naked Sword ~ Apocalypse
For Bob Boss

For Bob Boss

2024-02-2559:25

This episode is dedicated to Bob Boss; a fine guitarist, teacher and friend. Bob wasn't well known outside of the San Diego area, but he was a mentor to many young jazz guitarists and an icon in the jazz community. He suddenly, unexpectedly passed away last week.  Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Bob Boss ~ Soul Eyes ~ 3 Trios + Ed Kornhauser ~ Praxis ~ The Short Years Peter Sprague & Leonard Patton ~ Can't Buy Me Love ~ Dream Walkin' Bobby Hutcherson ~ Little B's Poem ~ Components Paul Horn Quintet ~ Mr. Bond ~ Something Blue Wes Montgomery ~ Four On Six ~ Incredible Jazz Guitar Art Blakey ~ Nica's Dream ~ The Jazz Messengers
Episode Feb 17, 2024

Episode Feb 17, 2024

2024-02-1859:43

This episode begins with the original version of a great jazz standard, Freedom Jazz Dance by Eddie Harris. From there, we have recordings by two alto sax players that cut their chops at University of Hartford's fine Jackie McLean Institute for jazz; Mike DiRubbo and Sarah Hanahan. The podcast concludes with music from Chick Corea who passed on three years ago this month. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Eddie Harris ~ Freedom Jazz Dance ~ The In Sound Swiss Jazz Ambassadors ~ Ugetsu ~ Swiss Jazz Ambassadors feat. Sarah Hanahan Peter Martin ~ Groove Echo Chamber ~ Peter Martin & Generation S Mike DiRubbo ~ JK in NYC ~ Inner Light Joel Ross ~ equinox ~ nublues Chick Corea ~ Matrix ~ Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Chick Corea ~ Friends ~ Friends
Jazz 2024 Grammy Recap

Jazz 2024 Grammy Recap

2024-02-1159:10

This episode is a recap of the Grammys awarded to jazz artists in various categories. What strikes me in this playlist is the wide range of styles and cultural influences that have melded in today's modern jazz. There is funk, R&B, Indian, Latin, jazz and folk music represented here. Congrats to all these artists on their Grammy awards. Playlist  Artist ~ Name ~ Album Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer ~ Tradewinds Bengali ~ As We Speak Shakti ~ Shrini’s Dream ~ This Moment Billy Childs ~ The End of Innocence ~ The Winds of Change Nicole Zuraitis ~ Reverie ~ How Love Begins Samara Joy ~ Tight ~ Tight - Single Meshell Ndegeocello ~ Burn Progression ~ The Omnichord Real Book Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo ~ En La Soledad ~ El Arte Del Bolero, Vol. 2 Tracy Chapman ~ Fast Car ~ Tracy Chapman Emma Rawicz ~ Rangwali ~ Chroma
Episode Feb 4 2024

Episode Feb 4 2024

2024-02-0459:11

A variety of music beginning with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Larry Coryell. That is followed by music from towns that I have resided in for most of my adult life, Hartford and San Diego. Also, the "Jazztodon" inspired track. We have new music from Vijay Iyer and Linda May Han Oh as well. Playlist  Artist ~ Name ~ Album Wes Montgomery ~ Tequila ~ Tequila Larry Coryell ~ Bumpin' on Sunset ~ The Power Trio Gilbert Castellanos ~ Bilad as Sudan ~ Espérame En El Cielo Mike DiRubbo ~ Scrollin' and Trollin' ~ Inner Light Ken Peplowski & New York Trio ~ In the Middle of a Kiss ~ Stardust Vijay Iyer ~ Overjoyed ~ Compassion Linda May Han Oh ~ Phosphorus ~ The Glass Hours Herbie Hancock ~ Oliloqui Valley ~ Empyrean Isles
This episode features iconic tracks that changed the direction of jazz music. Trane takes up the soprano, and Miles invents fusion. Lots of great stuff in between. Playlist  Artist ~ Name ~ Album John Coltrane ~ My Favorite Things ~ My Favorite Things Sonny Rollins ~ Asiatic Raes ~ Newk's Time Eddie Henderson ~ Why Not? ~ Witness to History Joe Farrell ~ Time's Lie ~ Moon Germs Miles Davis ~ Spanish Key ~ Bitches Brew
Episode 21 Jan 2024

Episode 21 Jan 2024

2024-01-2159:37

This week's playlist is mostly based on albums that were posted on Jazztodon.com . We begin with artists that you likely have never heard of, then transition into some of the jazz greats like Getz, McLean and Cannonball.  Playlist  Artist ~ Name ~ Album Muriel Grossmann ~ Knowledge and Wisdom ~ Devotion Mitchum Yacoub ~ OB Joint ~ Living High in the Brass Empire Joe Gordon ~ A Song for Richard ~ Lookin' Good! Stan Getz ~ Times Lie ~ Captain Marvel Lyle Mays ~ Ascent ~ Lyle Mays Jackie McLean ~ You Don't Know What Love Is ~ Nature Boy Cannonball Adderley ~ One For Daddy-O ~ Somethin' Else
MLK Day and more

MLK Day and more

2024-01-1459:541

This episode starts with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as this show will air on MLK Day weekend. Following are some great tracks, most notably from Tommy Flanagan and Jackie McLean. The show ends with two versions of Mercy Street from the original Gabriel recording followed by Hancocks great cover. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Herbie Hancock ~ I Have a Dream ~ The Prisoner Tommy Flanagan ~ Raincheck ~ Jazz Poet Joe Gordon ~ Terra Firma Irma ~ Lookin' Good! Christopher Hollyday ~ Everything Happens ~ Telepathy Jackie McLean ~ Nature Boy ~ Nature Boy Peter Gabriel ~ Mercy Street ~ So Herbie Hancock ~ Mercy Street ~ The New Standard
Episode 7 Jan 2024

Episode 7 Jan 2024

2024-01-0701:00:061

We start this show (first of 2024) with a tribute to Les McCann. New music from Mike DiRubbo and fellow Hartford cat Matt Dwonszyk. Another Matt, Matt Hall brings us to the close with SFJazz Collective. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Cold Duck Time ~ Swiss Movement Les McCann ~ Poo Pye McGoochie (And His Friends) ~ Invitation to Openness Roberta Flack ~ Compared to What ~ First Take Mike DiRubbo ~ The Muse ~ Inner Light Matt Dwonszyk ~ Afro Blue ~ A Year and a Day Matt Hall ~ No Going Back ~ I Hope to My Never SFJAZZ Collective ~ Smokey ~ New Works & Classics Reimagined
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Stu Cook

Just a tip for the host:- Keep your political views OUT of your podcast if you want people to return! 😁 Surely people come for the music on a music podcast? 🤔

Nov 4th
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Stu Cook

Now THIS is the kind of mixtape for me to wake up to! 👍

Jul 14th
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Stu Cook

What a dynamite mixtape my dude! Perfect for my Tuesday morning 👍

Jun 30th
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Stu Cook

Another smooth jam! 👍

Jun 16th
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Stu Cook

If you need to take it easy and you like jazz, I've been listening to this for a few weeks now and can't recommend it enough. It's an ideal tonic to the relentless pace of life.

Jun 9th
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Stu Cook

This is the second week in a row I've put on a mixtape for my Monday morning; great choice! 👌

May 25th
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Stu Cook

What a mixtape! 🔥 Perfect for my lockdown morning chill! 👍

May 19th
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Machina Motion

Really need to get this track at 23mins. It's so sweet!

May 11th
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Meg Duncan

Soooo! happy to have found this channel!

Nov 27th
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Sinval Freire

Fantastic episode! The Tower of Power tracks are stupendous!

Aug 9th
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Clara smith

beautiful sounds, thank you for sharing.

Sep 25th
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Taylor J.

love it

Sep 2nd
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Taylor J.

I love love this podcast. I am happy in DMV😁🎵🎶🎶🎶🎷🎵📻🎷

Aug 27th
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Clara smith

great music, thank you

Jul 27th
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Humberto Salinas

Great Music😎

Jun 2nd
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tao jones

excellent... groovin with the groove!

May 16th
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