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Harpist Brandee Younger joins JT's Lee Mergner in a conversation recorded on-site at the PDX Jazz Festival in Portland. They talk about how she  picked up that instrument and about the influence and legacy of both Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby. This episode is sponsored by the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_47_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 6:11pm EDT

Co-host Rene Marie returns to check out Cassandra Wilson's latest album "Coming Forth By Day" and listen to her version of "Strange Fruit" on that recording as well as on her earlier "New Moon Daughter" album for Blue Note. Rene and Lee riff on the recent events in Charleston, how the President is viewed by different people, the public display of the Confederate flag, the ubiquity of guns and violence and the many facets of racism.  This episode is sponsored by the Newport Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_34_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Guest co-host Bob Blumenthal joins Lee at the JazzTimes office in Braintree, Mass for a saxophone-heavy session.  They spin cuts from new albums by JD Allen and Jon Irabagon and then riff on the legacy of Ornette Coleman.  This episode is sponsored by ECM Records.

Direct download: Episode_33_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

JazzTimes publisher Lee Mergner and guest co-host bassist Gerald Veasley preview new releases from Chris Washburne and Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen and talk about the perils of redoing songs from iconic artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. The two riff on the challenges and rewards of teaching adults how to play an instrument, with Gerald talking about his experiences with his Bass Boot Camp. This episode sponsored by the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_32_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Lee and guest co-host Gerald Veasley preview some funky jazz cuts from new albums by Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd.  They riff on jazz and music in South Africa. Episode sponsored by the Newport Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_31_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

In this live edition of JazzTimes Spins & Riffs taped at the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in Cape May, New Jersey, Lee and Rene spin cuts from three recent albums featuring very different vocalists: Allison Krauss (on Billy Childs' Laura Nyro project), Jamie Cullum and Freddy Cole.  Rene and Lee riff on Rene's SLAM workshop for singers and what she has learned from her students.  They also talk about the difference between singers and instrumentalists. Sponsored by ECM Reords.

Direct download: Episode_30_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

With guest co-host Russ Davis of MOJA radio, Lee spins two new albums with a New Orleans focus, including Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein's "Viper's Drag" and Dr. John's "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch."  Russ & Lee then riff on the art of interviewing. This episode is sponsored by the Tucson Jazz Festival.

Direct download: Episode_29_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

In this episode taped on-location on The Jazz Cruise somewhere in the Caribbean, Lee spins a cut from singer Catherine Russell's "Bring It Back" album and he and co-host Ken Peplowski riff on the unique aspects of The Jazz Cruise, including the sometimes nutty fanaticism of the audience and the special camaraderie amongst the musicians. Ken recommends a very long book about the Beatles and Lee talks about a biography of Nat Hentoff. This episode sponsored by Scullers Jazz in Boston. 

Direct download: Episode_27_final.m4a
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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