JAZZ PODCAST …

We are thrilled to present to you an original composition, plus commentary from Hal Galper. With over 82 recordings to his credit, 20 as a leader in his own right, pianist, composer, publisher, educator, author and touring artist, Hal Galper is best known for his work with Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, John Scofield and the Phil Woods Quintet. His recordings as a leader with Mike and Randy Brecker are considered among the best. Listen in as Hal talks about the development of his recently conceived « rubato concept of playing » technique followed by the composition « Waiting For Chet » from his « Agents Of Change » CD

For more information on Hal go to http://www.halgalper.com

Musicians
Hal Galper – Piano
Tony Marino – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums


Acknowledgements:

Opening Music -Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurrection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P. Go to bopculture.com for more information

Direct download: galper_spotlite_final.mp3
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For this Spotlite, we are featuring Saxophonist/Poet Faruq Z. Bey. Several years ago, Radio Host/ Detroit Metro Times Editor, W. Kim Heron wrote an extensive biography on this remarkable man, which we’ve paraphrased below followed by a link to the full story:

Musician interrupted
The story of Griot Galaxy & a renaissance for Faruq Z. Bey
by W. Kim Heron
6/25/2003

He’d gone to see saxophonists John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders the year before at a place on Dexter called the Drome Lounge, and their wail was like nothing he’d ever experienced before: magnificent, powerful, polyrhythmic, polytonal, polychromatic, emotional, form-shattering … the purest music he’d ever experienced before or since.

And when the word went out that Coltrane had died on a Monday in July – or gotten so heavy he’d fallen off the planet, as some wags would have it – it was only fitting to call for a memorial party. A dozen or so fans worshipfully played records and made music through Saturday night at the cramped apartment on Chicago Boulevard where he lived with his wife. Around daybreak came the sound of cars speeding away from Lord knew what, and being reckless guys, they went to check out the commotion and soon found themselves at the epicenter of the brewing Detroit rebellion of 1967. It was a revelation:

« The people who were rioting in the street, they moved like one mind. It was almost like a hive of insects moves. It was like a wave; it just moved, but that whole episode put me in a frame of mind of thinking about our position here as a – quote – subculture, and how to deal with that. And since music was always an interest of mine and seeing how our music defined itself and our relationship to the greater environment as well …  »

The issues all seemed intertwined.

A couple days later with the riot still raging he became the owner of his first saxophone, a Martin tenor, for the uncharacteristically low price of $80.

Asked whether, in the parlance of the time, the saxophone had been « liberated, » he laughs dryly. « I got it during the riot, » he repeats.

Asked whether this all seemed prophetic – Coltrane dying, the memorial, the riot, the saxophone – his eyes widen as if it’s obvious. He laughs again: « It was significant, I’ll put it that way. »

Life seemed to take on a new seriousness. « Before that I was just floating and having fun doing what was expected of me by the culture at large and the tradition and yadda yadda, » he says.

Within a few years, Jesse Davis would have new names. He would become Malik Z. Bey then Faruq Z. Bey. His marriage would dissolve, as would two more during the ’70s. He’d become part of an artistic, spiritualist, pan-African political milieu; he’d eventually become a sort of poster boy for that set. He’d read his poetry to rapt listeners, pontificate on the meaning of life and culture, play in more bands and jams than anyone can be expected to keep track of. He’d impress a lot of folks as brilliant and charismatic; he’d attract talent like a magnet. He’d garner a rep as a ladies’ man. He’d live wildly, nearly die, watch much of what he’d worked for unravel, and slowly recover.

And roughly two decades after its demise, one of his bands, arguably the best jazz band to never make it out of Detroit, just may be on the verge of getting its due… Full Story

iTunes listeners can go to jazzspotlite.com for a link to the full story.

Listen in as Faruq discusses the relationships between spoken inflections and musical expressions. The interview is part of the Detroit JazzStage October show. The full interview is available at jazzstage.us.

For a complete catalog of music by Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers, go to http://www.entropystereo.com

Music
Dragons
from Ashirai Pattern – Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers
Faruq Z. Bey
– tenor, alto, soprano saxophone, flute
Mike Cary – tenor, flute
Mike Gilmore – vibes, marimba, cheng
Mike Johnston – bass, sho, percussion
Nick Ashton – drums, percussion
Len Bukowski – contra alto clarinet
Mike Khoury – violin

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music -Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurrection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P. Go to bopculture.com for more information

This Spotlite was sponsored by the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Go to http://www.detroitjazzfest.com to find out more about this wonderful end of summer tradition.

Portions of the host intro text were taken from Faruq’s Wikipedia bio originally started by Joel Peterson

Direct download: faruq_spotlite_final.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 9:37 AM

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Pianist Steve Richko lives in Dearborn, MI. He is a 27-year-old prodigy who fell in love with the music of Oscar Peterson at the age of 12. Since then, Steve has made a thorough study of Oscar’s piano artistry and career. Today, Steve Richko is regarded as one the finest young pianists on the Detroit jazz scene. Steve’s virtuosic piano technique is astounding and his understanding of ensemble playing and trio arranging makes for a spectacular presentation. He plays with great feeling and charisma, at once lush and rhapsodic, then bluesy and greasy, then lightning fast bebop! Steve Richko’s musical star is just now rising and the sky is the limit for this amazing jazz sensation!

More information on Steve can be found at http://pkorecords.com

Music
Title track from Steve’s CD – To Oscar, With Love: A Tribute To Oscar Peterson

Sales of this CD benefit ALS Foundations dedicated to finding a cure for Lou Gerhig’s Disease.

Musicians
Piano – Steve Richko
Bass – Paul Keller
Drums – Pete Siers

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music -Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurrection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P. Go to bopculture.com for more information

This Spotlite was sponsored by the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Go to http://www.detroitjazzfest.com to find out more about this wonderful end of summer tradition.

Direct download: richko_spotlite_final.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 9:10 PM

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Jim needs little introduction in the jazz world. Professor of Music at the University of Michigan for over 40 years, he has led his Grammy-nominated Chicago Jazz Band for over 31 years, touring across North America and releasing numerous acclaimed records and C.D.s, including a project backing up the legendary Maria Muldaur in an album of early blues classics.

He is the author of Jelly Roll Morton- The Collected Piano Music and in late 2002 took on the task of reconstructing the great jazz pianist James P. Johnson’s lost opera, De Organizer, which was given packed performances in Ann Arbor at the Power Center and in Detroit at Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall. In 2005 he completed reconstruction of Johnson’s other opera, The Dreamy Kid. The two operas were performed together, as Johnson had planned,over several evenings in March 2006, by University of Michigan forces conducted by Kenneth Kiesler and with Dapogny at the piano. The performances took place at the university’s Mendelssohn Theater in Ann Arbor. Recordings of the operas are being edited for issue. Dapogny was also voted Ann Arbor Current Entertainment Monthly’s 2004 and 2005 « Jazz Artist of the Year ».

Jim’s piano playing is powerful, rich, sophisticated and inventive. His cornet playing (popping up in P.O.R.K.’s small group, the Wolverines) alludes to Bix Beiderbecke while being completely « in the moment ».

Dapogny’s countless transcriptions of classic jazz music and numerous masterful arrangements give the Rhythm Kings a true world-class library to play from. Jim’s musical direction gives P.O.R.K. a unique and profound sound and keeps alive the true spirit of early jazz and dance music.

Listen in as Jim discusses his early influences and the relevance this music still holds today.

Additional information on James Dapogny can be found at http://porkjazz.com, http://pkorecords.com, and All About Jazz.

Music
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans –
Recorded live at the 2006 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Musicians
Clarinet –
Mike Jones
Tenor sax – Jim Wyse
Trumpet – Paul Finkbeiner
Trombone – Chris Smith
Piano – Jim Dapogny
Guitar, Banjo – Rod McDonald
Bass – Kurt Krahnke
Drums – Pete Siers

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music -Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurrection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P. Go to bopculture.com for more information

This Spotlite was sponsored by the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Go to http://www.detroitjazzfest.com to find out more about this wonderful end of summer tradition.

Direct download: dapogny_spotlite_final.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 3:51 PM

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Mack Avenue Records Recording artist Sean Jones has revealed himself as among the most immensely expressive, versatile and gifted players of his generation. With each new project, the Warren, Ohio native has peeled back another layer to show us a fresh peek at his soul. His 2004 solo debut, Eternal Journey (recorded when he was 25) introduced Sean as a deft expressor of modern bop for the 21st century via originals and standards in a quintet format. Saxophonist/Composer Tia Fuller’s composition Gullyism will be presented in this Spotlite.

Sean joined moderator W. Kim Heron and fellow panelists Charlie Gabriel, Howard Mandel, Lajoie Butch Gomez in the Jazz Talk Tent at the 2006 Detroit International Jazz Festival for a discussion on New Orleans Brass Bands. Here Sean discusses the resourcefulness of late 19th Century New Orleans musicians learning to play the many instruments left over from the U.S. Civil War, and how they developed playing techniques that have an impact still to this day.

Information on Sean Jones can be found at http://www.seanjonesmusic.com

Music
GullyismTia Fuller

Musicians
Sean Jones Trumpet
Charles Fambrough Bass
Ralph Peterson Drums
Tia Fuller Saxophones, Flute
Mulgrew Miller, Orrin Evans Piano

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music -Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurrection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P. Go to bopculture.com for more information

This Spotlite was sponsored by the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Go to http://www.detroitjazzfest.com to find out more about this wonderful end of summer tradition.

For more information on the many fine Mack Avenue Records artists, go to http://www.mackavenue.com

Direct download: djs_spotlite_sean_jones_final.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 12:58 PM

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For this DJS Jazz Spotlite we’re showcasing 21 year old vocal sensation Jesse Palter who, through both training and pure instinct, has grown into one of the most recently accomplished and dynamic singers (and songwriters) in the Detroit jazz scene.. Her voice is a flexible, facile instrument wielded by an ambitious and visionary player; it can be sweet or salty, polished or raw, wide in range and broad in stylistic scope, channeling and combining influences such as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Kurt Elling. It’s the voice of someone who has a voracious appetite for growth and is fearless in that pursuit — the perfect equation for a promising future. The musicians in Jesse’s group include Mike Jellick on piano/Rhodes, Ben Williams on bass, and Nate Winn on Drums. Special guests include Dean Moore on Saxophone and Vincent Chandler on Trombone, both of Urban Transport, plus John Douglas of Jazzhead on Trumpet.  Listen as Jesse discusses her music, followed by her original tune, Lovesick from her debut CD Beginning To See The Light available at CD Baby http://cdbaby.com/cd/palter

More information on Jesse can be found at http://www.myspace.com/jessepalter 

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
Riff3 – Dave Luther,
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s the resurection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Closing Music
– Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.

Go to bopculture.com for more information

Direct download: DJS_jazz_spotlight_nov_2006_jesse_palter.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 8:19 PM

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Detroit JazzStage is pleased to bring to our listeners this first DJS Jazz Spotlite presenting pianist Dave Cook’s composition Up, Up, Up, sponsored by InvestedCentral.com. Dave’s composition was performed by trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner’s group Atmospheric Disturbance at the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, MI in January 2006. It was recorded by Mark Byerly of Longview Sound. The set also included Kurt Krahnke on Bass and Sean Dobbins on Drums. Please enjoy this absolutely spell binding performance.

Opening Music
Riff3 – Dave Luther
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Direct download: dave_cook_spotlite.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 10:35 AM

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This default podcast has been automatically generated by the libsyn system. Feel free to delete it at any time. Welcome to Liberated Syndication, and happy casting

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Direct download: djs_spot.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 8:46 AM

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