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Lee spins two recent holiday music albums - Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas and Nnenna Freelon's Christmas.  Lee explains his annual ritual of compiling a holiday music sampler for friends and family in lieu of a humbly boasting holiday letter.  Lee and Rene talk about their favorite holiday songs and they discuss the virtues of caroling.  During the Riff, Rene turns the tables and grills Lee on the upcoming Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC in January.  And Lee in turn interviews Rene about her one woman play - Slut Energy Theory - which premiered earlier this year in NYC.  This episode sponsored by Berks Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_25_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Previews of new albums from pianists Marc Cary and Helen Sung.  Rene and Lee riff on taking an unpopular stand, whether political or social. Rene talks about Esperanza Spalding who recently did a protest song about the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. This episode sponsored by PDXJazz. 

Direct download: Episode_24_final_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

New albums from great jazz (and beyond) singers Gregory Porter and Dianne Reeves get spun by Lee and Rene.  Rene riffs on celebrities who annoy her, including even Kevin Hart (!), at least for his ubiquity.  This episode is sponsored by Motema Music. 

Direct download: Episode_23_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The marvelous Eartha Kitt is the subject of this podcast in which Rene and Lee go long on Rene's new album - I Wanna Be Evil - dedicated to the life and music of Ms. Kitt. They listen to Eartha's version of "Oh, John" and compare it to Rene's version.  They also talk about Eartha's very unique persona.  This episode is sponsored by Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.

Direct download: Episode_22_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

New CDs by pianists Marc Cary and John Medeski are previewed by Lee and Rene. Then Rene & Lee riff on the power and the pain of social media.  Rene is particularly feeling the pain part and is looking for help in that department.  This episode sponsored by Scullers Jazz in Boston.

Direct download: Episode_19_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

Spinning Joshua Redman and Keith Jarrett new releases, Lee & Rene talk about lyricism, phrasing and the power of a beautiful melody, including a certain one that was the soundtrack for a marriage.  Rene & Lee riff on jazz on cartoons from the Flintstones to the Simpsons. This episode sponsored by Insight Cuba.

Direct download: Episode_18_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Lee spins new albums from George Benson and Bob James & David Sanborn, contemporary jazz artists who step away from the "smooth" to deliver homages to more traditional jazz greats of the past. Benson salutes Nat King Cole and James & Sanborn pay tribute to the legacy of Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond. Rene and Lee riff on what makes an interview, whether for print or radio, good or bad.  This episode sponsored by Scullers Jazz in Boston

Direct download: Episode_17_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Lee & Rene spin new albums from vocal jazz innovators Bobby McFerrin and Cecile McLorin Salvant, two singers at very different stages of their career.  Lee admits to not liking the McFerrin at first because it didn't conform to his expecations of what gospel music should sound like. Which leads to Rene's riff on how expectations or pre-conceived notions can wreak havoc with an artist's creativity.  This episode sponsored by the Newport Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_16_final_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Lee and Rene preview new albums from singer Barbara Morrison and drummer Ray Appleton, two underappreciated artists who have not received a lot of media or public attention in recent years.  Rene and Lee riff on "shit I'm scared to do."  NOTE: Rene is afraid of snakes, her basement and truly speaking her mind, while Lee is afraid of writing a bad book.  However, Lee is not afraid of sharks.  Rene explains the creative power of fear.

Direct download: Episode_15_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

New albums by Aaron Diehl and Gerald Clayton are previewed.  Rene and Lee also riff on pianist Mulgrew Miller, who died recently. This episode is sponsored by DC Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_14_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

With Rene touring on the West Coast, bassist Gerald Veasley sits in as guest co-host for a show about bass and the Sound of Philadelphia. In this episode taped on location at the Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pa., Lee & Gerald preview new albums from bassists Charnett Moffett and Christian McBride. The two Philly natives then riff on the music of Gamble & Huff, Thom Bell, Grover Washington, Jr and many of their jazz heroes from that city. This episode sponsored by Insight Cuba.

Direct download: Episode_13_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

JT editor Evan Haga sits in for Rene Marie, who is in NYC recording her new album. Evan previews new albums from Marc Ribot & Ceramic Dog and Colin Stetson, both of which owe as much to rock as jazz.  Lee riffs on how the alt-rock community seems indifferent to jazz and improvisational music.  This episode sponsored by DC Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_12_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

New York Voices album previewed. Rene and Lee talk about longevity and the challenges of keeping a group together for a long time. They talk about the vocalese tradition and the popularity of vocal groups in college music programs. Rene riffs on the stories behind the songs, including "Nature Boy," "Blue in Green," and "Strange Fruit."

Direct download: Episode_11_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Kevin Eubanks' new album "The Messenger" gets previewed. Lee & Rene talk about the conundrum of a musician being famous on TV for one thing when he may be something different entirely. They talk about the tradition of the sidekick on TV talk shows and Rene confesses that she would take the gig and do her best to laugh at the host's jokes. Just for the money. She says she could do it for a year. Lee thinks a week or two, tops. Rene riffs on fame vs. artistic authenticity.

Direct download: Episode_10_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Albums by Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran and Ben Wendel/Dan Tepfer are spun. Rene and Lee talk about duets and what makes them challenging. Rene gets on her soapbox to riff and rail about music in schools or the lack thereof.

Direct download: Episode_9_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Hollenbeck and Schneider albums are spun. Rene and Lee talk large ensembles, voices and why Queen is cool. Rene riffs on competition among musicians, though Lee believes that Rene may just be a little lonely.

Direct download: Episode_8_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Actress Molly Ringwald’s debut album on Concord Jazz gets spun. Rene and Lee discuss the merits of actors and pop stars doing jazz recordings.  Eventually Rene confesses to enjoying Diana Ross doing Billie Holiday back in the day.  Episode sponsored by Insight Cuba.

Direct download: Episode_7_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Lee previews Kendrick Scott Oracle’s new album “Conviction.” Rene and Lee talk about jazz and spoken word, and about drummers as leaders. Rene and Lee riff on stereotypes associated with various jazz instrumentalists.  And they listen to a cut from “Money Jungle” from  Terri Lyne Carrington, Christian McBride and Gerald Clayton.  Episode sponsored by Motema Music.

Direct download: Episode_6_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Miles Davis! JT publisher Lee Mergner and singer Rene Marie preview new music from the box set Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1969 on Sony/Legacy, featuring the "lost quintet" of Miles, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.  Rene and Lee talk about how the Bitches Brew album changed their lives and they also riff on Miles' legacy - from music to fashion and beyond.

Direct download: Episode_5_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Lee spins Marian McPartland for Rene and they talk about her biography and legacy. Rene and Lee riff on playing with or meeting your idols. Rene confesses her unrequited love for Bonnie Raitt.

Direct download: Episode_4_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Lee spins Hiromi album “Move” for Rene, who also talks about the late Dave Brubeck. Rene riffs on Treme, the HBO series.

Direct download: Episode_3_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Lee spins 2 cuts from Wayne Shorter Quartet’s Without a Net album.  Rene and Lee riff on the Grammies, as Rene wonders how projects are nominated.  Episode sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_2_final.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

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