In the Groove, Jazz and BeyondAuthor: Ken Laster
16 Aug 2018

In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond

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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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    Newport Jazz Fest Wrap 2018

    My podcast review of this year’s Newport Jazz Festival. I feature some of the performances I most enjoyed at this years fest. For a complete review please check out the Hartford Jazz Society blog post: 

    Photo Gallery: 

    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    Pat Metheny Group ~ Phase Dance ~ Pat Metheny Group
    Pat Metheny ~ Last Train Home ~ One Quiet Night
    Renee Rosnes ~ Elephant Dust ~ Beloved the Sky
    Roy Hargrove ~ To Wisdom the Prize ~ Earfood
    Gregory Porter ~ Liquid Spirit ~ Liquid Spirit
    Jazzmeia Horn ~ The Peacocks (A Timeless Place) ~ A Social Call
    Nate Smith ~ Bounce: pts I+ II ~ KINFOLK : Postcards from Everywhere
    Helen Sun [...]

  • Posted on 12 Aug 2018

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    Back from vacation

    Refreshed from a two week vacation, I have assembled a playlist to satisfy any jazz lover. Beginning with the new Trane release, then a couple from Donald Byrd’s Royal Flush. We follow with a more contemporary trumpeter, Jason Palmer with an extended piece. We pay homage to Henry Butler on his passing. Then new music from Geoffry Keezer, and a collaboration of young NYC musicians, New Faces. The podcast closes with vocalist Rene Marie.

    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    John Coltrane ~ Untitled Original 11386 (Take 5) ~ Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album
    Donald Byrd ~ Shangi-La ~ Royal Flush
    Donald Byrd ~ 6 M’s ~ Royal Flush
    Jason Palmer ~ Sunny Rain ~ At Wally’s Vol 2
    Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein ~ I Left My Baby ~ Viper’s Drag
    Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein ~ Henry’s Boogie ~ Viper’s Drag
    Geoffrey Keezer ~ All the Things You Are - Serpen [...]

  • Posted on 29 Jul 2018

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    I’ve been busy working with the Hartford Jazz Society on producing 6 great summer concerts in the park. I reference this frequently during this podcast. More information can be seen at Concurrerntly with our concert series is the Emerging Artist Showcase. Please look for the links to this competition and view these videos and cast a vote.

    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    Jason Palmer ~ Preservation of the Lower 9th Ward ~ At Wally’s Volume 1
    3 Cohens ~ Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans ~ Family
    Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco ~ All Saints Day ~ Your Driving Me Crazy
    West End Blend ~ Lift ~ Attitude
    Rene Marie ~ Joy of Jazz ~ Sound of Red
    Noah Preminger ~ Tea For Two ~ Frank Carlberg & Noah Preminger
    Thomas Chapin ~ Night Bird Song ~ Sky Piece
    Thomas Chapin ~ You Don’t Know M [...]

  • Posted on 13 Jul 2018

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    Jason Palmer and Monday Night Jazz

    Trumpeter Jason Palmer speaks with us prior to his performance at the opening concert of Monday Night Jazz. Some hot music from Dr. Lonnie Smith is up next. He also will headline our concert series the following week. Also in this episode is Chick with strings, Miles and something “new” from Trane.

    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    Jason Palmer ~ Allow Me To Be ~ Beauty ‘n Numbers
    Jason Palmer ~  Interview
    Jason Palmer ~ Stop Drop and Roll ~ Live at Wally’s Vol. 1
    Doctor Lonnie Smith ~ Too Damn Hot ~ Too Damn Hot
    Chick Corea ~ Antartica ~ The Continents: Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Chamber Orchestra
    4 Generations of Miles ~ On Green Dolphin Street ~ 4 Generations of Miles
    Miles Davis ~ Footprints ~ Miles Smiles
    John Coltrane ~ Untitled Original 11386 (Take 1) ~ Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album

  • Posted on 08 Jul 2018

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    Both Directions

    This podcast celebrates the release of John Coltrane’s lost album release. The show is bookended by tracks from his Both Directions At Once CD. In between we will hear from Wayne Shorter, young saxophonist Mike Casey and baritone Lauren Sevian. Somewhere in the middle are pianists, master Chick Cora and a talented Theo Hill. 

    Artist ~ Track ~ Album
    John Coltrane ~ Impressions take 4 ~ Both Directions at Once The Lost Album
    Weather Report ~ Herandnu ~ Black Market
    Wayne Shorter ~ Footprints ~ Adam’s Apple
    Mike Casey ~ Nature Boy ~ Surprising
    Chick Corea ~ Live In Montreux ~ Folk Song
    Chick Corea Trio ~ Alice In Wonderland ~ Trilogy
    Theo Hill ~ Gyre ~ Interstellar Adventures
    Lauren Sevian ~ Miss Lady ~ Bliss
    John Coltrane ~ Untitiled Original 11286 (take 5) ~ Both Directions at Once The Lost Album
    John Coltrane ~ One Up, One Down (Take 6) ~ Both Directions at [...]

  • Posted on 01 Jul 2018


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