Tim Ray returns to: Piano, Bass and Drums

Tim Ray on Piano

The first time I saw the Tim Ray Trio perform was as a part of Greg Abate’s quartet at  Chan’s in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. They played a set as a trio before Greg came on. What I was impressed with the most was the way that they played together as a group, always listening and interacting to each other.
The trio consists of Tim Ray on Piano, John Lockwood on bass and drummer Mark Walker. Their new album, Windows is the first album that Tim has released with a traditional jazz trio since the 1990s. He also performs and records with Tre Corda a trio featuring cello and trumpet and has an album of solo piano (his second) coming soon.



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Newport Jazz Festival 2016: Photos

Taking pictures wasn’t one of my main objectives at the Newport Jazz Festival this year and this isn’t very inclusive of what went on there. Even if I had tried to document it comprehensively, I couldn’t have there was just too too much going on.

It was funny, last year I took a lot of pictures. A week later I was looking at the blog post of a professional photographer who had documented the festival. It was as if we had been to two different festivals. Of all the acts that we had both seen there was only one that we both had pictures of.

I’m not a photographer, these are just the best photos that I took.

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Christian McBride: Filling Many Roles as Musician, Broadcaster and Artistic Director for Newport Jazz Festival

Christian McBride with bass

Christian McBride

Like most people I listen to most off my music digitally now. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been putting my scattered CD collection together and listening to a lot of things that have been out of circulation for a while. I have been truly amazed by how many things that Christian McBride has played on.

Outside of being a virtuoso bassist with his own recording career he as played as a sideman on an incredible cross section of the most creative music of the last 25 years. He also plays the role of jazz ambassador and curator with radio shows on both NPR and SiriusXM.

Most recently he has been named the Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival.
We talked about balancing his workload, Newport, George Wein, Chick Corea and his upcoming projects.


Music used in this podcast:
Christian McBride – Tango Improvisations (featuring Chick Corea) – Conversations with Christian
Christian McBride – Tones for Joan’s Bones (featuring Chick Corea) – Number Two Express
Christian McBride – Sand Dune – Live at the Village Vanguard
Christian McBrideBoogie Woogie Waltz – Live at Tonic
Christian McBride & Inside Straight – The Movement Revisited – People Music

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Vintage Newport Jazz and Folk Festival Programs

A couple of weeks ago my friend John Murphy invited me to see his collection of Newport Jazz and Folk Festival memorabilia. John is a former WRIU jazz radio host (aka, The Monsignor or John of Jamestown) and has been going to the Newport festivals since the early 1960s. I wish I had recorded our conversation, he had stories about Duke Ellington and James Brown that I wish I could remember.

The note in the autograph from Myself Among Others relates to having to pull the plug on Jimmy Smith in 1965. The police were about to shut down the festival for running too late and the band was showing no signs of stopping.

John told a story about how he had ordered tickets by mail for the 1966 Folk Festival. When he went to pick them up at the ticket window there were none there. To make good on the error they gave him very good seats right up front, sitting next to Pete Seeger and his wife. He said they were very friendly and he ended up going home with Seeger’s program with his notes for the day inside.


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Dave Liebman talks about History, Teaching and his Expansions Group

Dave Liebman

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Reed player Dave Liebman has a career spanning over 50 years. The discography on his website lists 512 albums as a leader and with others. Starting in New York City in the 1960s he is a former sideman of Elvin Jones and Miles Davis. Although he plays tenor saxophone and flute there was a long part of his career where played exclusively soprano saxophone.

We talked about his early free playing with Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland (he has recently been in the studio with them again), his teaching perspective and his Expansions Group that will play at the Newport Jazz Festival this year.



Music used in this podcast:
The David Liebman Group – The Puzzle
Dave Liebman – First Visit
The David Liebman Group – Hat TrickThe David Liebman Group – Samsara
The David Liebman Group – Sivad

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Dave Douglas and High Risk: Trumpet and Electronic Sound

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Dave Douglas


I’m proud to say that this is the 30th episode of the Jazz New England podcast. My guest today is trumpeter Dave Douglas a versatile musician with a 20+ year solo career his active projects include his Quintet, Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano, Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas and a duo with pianist Uri Caine. His latest release is Dark Territory the second album with High Risk, his electronic music-influenced quartet with Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto.
He also runs the successful online record label Greenleaf Music which features his own music as well as artists: Rudy Royston, Linda Oh, Kneebody and more. The Greenleaf site is the home of his podcast A Noise From the Deep.



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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, Four EP set in progress

Jon Lundbom with a craft beer

Jon Lundbom with a craft beer

boxed_set_discsSome people are just easy to talk to and wander into interesting topics without much prodding, one of these people is Jon Lundbom. This is part two of our conversation from last January. Jon has released two EPs this year (Make the Magic Happen and Bring Their ‘A’ Game) in what will be a series of four, eventually to be released as a boxed set.

We talk about live albums, interpreting Wiccan music, recording in series, Ornette Coleman and recording new music.


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Tenor Saxophonist Noah Preminger Explores the Delta Blues


I first became aware of Noah Preminger when I heard his last album Pivot. It has all the things I like in good jazz, spontaneity, a chance to stretch out and the blues.

He has two albums coming out this spring, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground another album of delta blues interpretations and an album of ballads on the vinyl only Newvelle label.






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Dan Moretti a 20 Year Brazilia Reunion and Other Projects

Dan Moretti

Dan Moretti

MI0001644860This is the second time I’ve had the opportunity to interview Dan Moretti a man of many projects. His current one being the reunion of Brazilia and a 20th anniversary live performance at Chan’s in honor of the 1996 album. Out of print, 100 copies of the CD have been pressed for the occasion.

We also talk about his recent tour in Asia with Nile Rogers and recording in Italy with Piccola Orchestra La Viola. In the 1980s he co-founded Celebration Sound a recording studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and has recorded 17 albums to this point.





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Jorma Kaukonen: A Major Figure in Rock, Blues and Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar

Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma Kaukonen

Although not really a jazz musician there are few guitarists that stand as tall in late 20th Century music as Jorma Kaukonen. A founder of both the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna he has been tremendously influential in electric rock and blues as well as acoustic finger style guitar.

As well as touring solo and with Hot Tuna he also runs the Fur Peace Ranch a music school and concert venue in southern Ohio. He will be performing at the Odeum Theater in East Greenwich, RI on March 6, 2016. (in the interview I misspoke and said Odeon)

This interview was recorded February 16, 2016





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