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Archive for September, 2011


Swingin’ with Sting

The great jazz bassist Christian McBride has played a supporting role to everyone from Herbie Hancock to Pat Metheny to Diana Krall and many more. Aside from his core work in jazz, he has also performed and recorded with a slew of legendary popular musicians including the late James Brown, The Roots, Queen Latifah, Bruce Hornsby and most notably fellow bassist Sting. Read moreRead more


Sonic Payton

Shooting Nicholas Payton’s Sonic Trance band @ Yoshi’s in Oakland back in the day was truly a blast and a highlight of the many video shoots that we produced from the mid 1990′s into the mid 2000′s. On this evening, we had three cameras and a 32 track audio truck parked right outside to capture Nick and the guys performing. Read moreRead more


The Traneumentary: Dave Liebman (bonus)

Saxophonist Dave Liebman’s enthusiasm for John Coltrane is infectious. You sit with Dave for a minute and bring up Coltrane and boom…his motor starts and you are treated to a wide range of facts, insights and personal reflections that are simply mesmerizing. Read moreRead more


The Traneumentary: Dr. Billy Taylor (bonus)

It was a sincere privilege and honor to have Dr. Billy Taylor as the host & voice of the Traneumentary. When I originally contacted him to ask if he would be interested in participating, he had no idea what a podcast was but he was intrigued by the idea that this new broadcast medium could expand the audience of John Coltrane’s music. He generously agreed and provided a wealth of insight as well as encouragement to me and the production. Read moreRead more


The Traneumentary: Michael Cuscuna (bonus)

When I interviewed each of the subjects for the Traneumentary podcast series, I prepared to conduct two kinds of interviews. The first interview was more traditional where the subjects shared their personal recollection on how Coltrane impacted their life. The second interview was less structured and was designed to be more in the moment and ripe for improvisation. That’s how many of the ‘track commentary’ episodes came to be and for me, they are the essence and the heart beat of the whole Traneumentary series. Read moreRead more


Celebrating John Coltrane

Today we celebrate John Coltrane born September 23, 1926 and throughout the day we will honor Trane and share never before heard commentary episodes from the Traneumentary podcast series and more. Read moreRead more


The Traneumentary: Steve Kuhn

Pianist Steve Kuhn had the great fortune to play with John Coltrane in 1960. On this Traneumentary episode, Steve shares his story about how this came about and further discusses the saxophonist’s music and overall being. Read moreRead more


Q&A: Regina Carter

Detroit native and virtuosic violinist Regina Carter is always in demand. Whether she is accompanying artists such as Faith Evans or Mary J. Blige or guesting with jazz alum Cassandra Wilson or Tom Harrell or putting out her own distinct recordings, the one thing that always remains a constant with Regina’s work is that she delivers varied, harmonically rich and brilliant performances that are inspiring, soulful and sonically lasting. Read moreRead more


Thinking of New York

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, we present a New York themed playlist as a tribute to the greatest city in the world. Click here to listen via Spotify.

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A Tribute to John Martyn

A couple of years ago I was on assignment for Island Records UK with music journalist Vivien Goldman to document the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking label and I met industry legend Chris Blackwell at his New York City apartment. Read moreRead more


Living Room Spin: Kyle Eastwood

“At home we had music all the time. My father always made sure I listened to jazz. He took me to the Monterey Jazz Festival every year. What was really great was that being the son of Clint gave me backstage access to all the gigs and I was very fortunate to meet and talk with Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz and all the legends.”
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The Traneumentary: Lewis Porter

Musician and jazz educator Lewis Porter is one of the real authorities when it comes to John Coltrane. Having written the definitive bio on the famous saxophonist (John Coltrane-His Life and Music), Lewis’ vast knowledge balances both the music and human sides of Trane in great detail. Read moreRead more