Monday, September 20, 2021

Veteran NYC Jazz Trombonist, Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer Scott Reeves on the new 2021 CD The Alchemist

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran NYC Jazz Trombonist, Multi-Instrumentalist & Composer Scott Reeves on the new 2021 CD The Alchemist .. He had some time on his hands following retirement from teaching after an illustrious career on the faculties of the City College of New York, Juilliard and other prestigious institutions. But when the pandemic struck just a few months later, he suddenly found himself with an abundance of free time as performance opportunities disappeared. The album features a previously unheard live date by his Quintet .. He opens up about this and the world we are living in during COVID times, along with hope for the future .. Enjoy…

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Veteran LA-Based Jazz Pianist & Film Composer Todd Cochran

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran LA-Based Jazz Pianist & Film Composer Todd Cochran .. We caught up with him to talk about a great many things .. Namely his new 2021 CD Then and Again, Here and Now done with bassist John Leftwich and drummer Michael Carvin .. In his first album since his two underground classics for Prestige Records in ’72 and ’73, he melds his earlier explorations into a fresh musical ..  Originally from San Francisco, he has experienced music as a way of life and being in a myriad of settings. The piano is something he has always known as a way into other worlds .. He began fingering melodies on the piano at age 3 and he’s never stopped .. Dig this exquisite story of a jazz giant .. 

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Jazz Drummer & Composer Jared Schonig

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Drummer & Composer Jared Schonig .. We caught up with him about COVID, his life in music and his two new 2021 recording Two Takes Vol 1: Quintet &  Two Takes Vol. 2: Big Band .. This Grammy-Award musician has toured and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Fred Hersch, among others. He is a favorite among vocalists for his versatility and he’s got great stories .. Enjoy .. 

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Brooklyn-based Sitar Player, Musician & Photographer Jarvis Earnshaw

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Brooklyn-based Sitar Player, Musician & Photographer Jarvis Earnshaw … He talked about his 2021 CD done with his hero Trevor Dunn on their self-released debut LP "Hymnagogia” .. This busy and talented musican/artist was born in London & spent most of his childhood in Japan. He released his debut album from Slam Records at the age of 15 .. It was a refreshing and enlightening conversation .. Enjoy…

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chicago-based Jazz Pianist, Composer & Educator Steve Million

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Chicago-based Jazz Pianist, Composer & Educator Steve Million .. This veteran musician has deep roots in Kansas City and opens up about that .. He also has etched quite a path in the world of jazz .. He’s a cancer survivor and has some great insights as we continue to go through our COVID .. He has two new 2021 CDs called What I Meant to Say and Steve Million Featuring Sarah Marie Young .. He’s full of wisdom and insights .. Enjoy…


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

NYC Jazz Pianist & Vocalist on the 2021 CD Live from Lockdown Champian Fulton

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC Jazz Pianist & Vocalist on the 2021 CD Live from Lockdown Champian Fulton .. We talked to her on September 9, 2021 as she was preparing to go to Sweden for a tour about her new Live from Lockdown album, COVID, the current state of the jazz community and so much more .. After her captivating Sunday-evening webcasts took audiences by storm throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, she decided to offer a permanent recording of her series done with her steadfast collaborator & father Stephen Fulton on flugelhorn and trumpet. It’s a great story and conversation .. Enjoy .. 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Celebrated Jazz Drummer and Bandleader Gerry Gibbs

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Celebrated Jazz Drummer and Bandleader Gerry Gibbs .. He opened up about his new 2021 CD Songs from My Father .. A Celebration of the Music of Bebop Luminary Terry Gibbs, Prominently Featuring Musical Titan Chick Corea on his Final Recording ever .. This is his thirteenth release on an impressive double-disc masterwork featuring four iterations of his acclaimed Thrasher Dream Trio .. After 10 months and 15,000 miles of car travel to assemble the recordings for this masterpiece .. He  grew up in Southern California and started playing the drums at the age of 4. By the time he was 7 years old, had already appeared on a few Television shows. His story is captivating .. Enjoy .. 

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Veteran California-based Jazz Pianist Dan Siegel

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran California-based Jazz Pianist Dan Siegel .. He opened up about his new 2021 CD Faraway Place, COVID, his life in music and hope for the future .. On this latest effort, he constructed this while the coronavirus wreaked havoc to a deadly extreme creating double edge sword for musicians. Many were silenced, while others were aroused to be creative in their artistic expression. This gifted musician was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He’s got a cache of great stories, so enjoy .. 

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Twin Cities-based Jazz Guitarist Zacc Harris

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Twin Cities-based Jazz Guitarist Zacc Harris .. We had a good talk about his latest 2021 CD Small Wonders with The Zacc Harris Group .. It’s the band’s second album and his third as a leader .. This Southern California raised musician is among the Twin Cities’ most revered guitarists full of great stories and insights .. Enjoy .. 

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Veteran Jazz Trombonist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Ed Neumeister

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Trombonist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Ed Neumeister .. We caught up with him about his new 2021 Quartet CD called What Have I Done? Ed has been at forefront of creative music across multiple genres for over forty years. He was born in Topeka Kansas and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 50’s and 60’s and playing music at the age of 5 with trumpet & switched to trombone when he was nine. After moving to New York in 1980, Ed performed for 15 years in the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and 19 years with the Mel Lewis Big Band .. Over the years, he has also performed and recorded with Jerry Garcia, Gerry Mulligan, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn. This artist is full of stories .. Enjoy .. 

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Veteran NYC Jazz Trumpeter & Composer Alex Norris

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran NYC Jazz Trumpeter & Composer Alex Norris .. He has a new 2021 CD  with his Quintet called “Fleet From The Heat” and it is his debut on Steeplechase Records highlighting ten years of his working Quintet & a love letter to NYC .. Over a long and satisfying career, he has appeared on close to 90 recordings as a sideman .. He grew up in Columbia, Maryland and began studying music at the age of 9. In 1992, he moved to New York City and quickly found work with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Jazz Orchestra, and Maria Schneider's Band. His career is full of great tales .. Enjoy…

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New Orleans-based Jazz Singer Carmela Rappazzo

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New Orleans-based Jazz Singer Carmela Rappazzo .. She opened up about her seventh recording “Love and Other Difficulties” where she explores the many aspects of love. Born and raised in upstate New York, she heard classic music from an early age. She moved to New York City singing in clubs and performing in off-off Broadway Theater and a few independent films before moving to Los Angeles. Her story is fascinating .. Enjoy .. 

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Billy Test

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Billy Test .. We caught up with him about his new 2021 CD with The Billy Test Trio - Coming Down Roses .. It’s his debut as a bandleader full of original compositions featuring Billy on Piano, Evan Gregor on Bass, and Ian Froman on drums. He grew up in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, later relocating to the New York City area to follow his musical ambitions. During his time on the New York scene, he performed at Carnegie Hall, The Village Vanguard, and so many other hallowed joints .. He’s got great stories .. Enjoy .. 

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Kansas City-based Jazz Pianist, Composer & Educator Andrew Ouellette

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City-based Jazz Pianist, Composer & Educator Andrew Ouellette .. He’s originally from Hannibal, MO and is a fixture on the KC jazz scene ..  He learned under the watchful eye of the world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory from 2008 – 2012 and these days he has quite a busy schedule. Most notably, he gigs each weekend with the legendary KC musician and entertainer Lonnie McFadden at the Reno Club. He’s got quite a story .. Enjoy .. 

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Jazz Drummer & Composer Ches Smith and Percussionist Daniel Brevil

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Drummer & Composer Ches Smith and Percussionist Daniel Brevil .. They opened up about their new project We All Break melds elements of Haitian Vodou and contemporary jazz on groundbreaking new Path of Seven Colors .. The recording and accompanying film showcase the band’s synergistic connection and exhilarating, alchemical mix of musical forms .. Enjoy…

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Kansas City-born, California-based Jazz Drummer John Armato

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series Kansas City-born, California-based Jazz Drummer John Armato .. We had a wide ranging talk about a great many things like his 2021 CD Debut The Drummer Loves Ballads done with a veteran all-star collection of KC jazz musicians .. It all started in KC and he was an early member of Kerry Strayer's groups and the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band, and an occasional sideman for the jazz and tap dance duo the McFadden Brothers. He moved to New York City in 2004 and eventually made his way to Sacramento, California .. He’s got great adventures, stories and wisdom .. Enjoy .. 

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Jazz Saxophonist Kevin Sun on the 2021 CD BIRD

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New York Jazz Saxophonist on his new 2021 CD Heart Bird and this new COVID world .. This new album his is ode to Bird who celebrates his 101st Birthday in 2012 .. He took the bebop language of Bird and turned it into a unique take on things .. Enjoy .... 

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Jazz Saxophonist Jon Irabagon on the 2021 CD Bird with Streams and the Film Legacy

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series Jazz Saxophonist Jon Irabagon on the 2021 CD Bird with Streams and the Film Legacy .. Bird With Streams is a solo tenor saxophone outing celebrating Charlie Parker's centennial birthday recorded in the Black Hills of South Dakota. In October 2021 there is a new film about him called "Legacy” .. Both were fueled by the events of COVID, but he speaks truth and hope for the future .. Enjoy…

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New Orleans-based Jazz Trumpeter & Vocalist Jonathan Bauer on the 2021 CD Sings & Plays

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian-born, New Orleans-based Trumpeter and Singer Jonathan Bauer on his new 2021 CD Sings & Plays and the COVID world we are all navigating .. This new album is his second release as a leader and first as a singer. The construction of this album began just before the onset of the COVID pandemic and it’s a great story .. Enjoy ..

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Veteran NYC Jazz Pianist Senri Oe on the 2021 CD Letter to NY

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with NYC Jazz Pianist Senri Oe on the 2021 CD Letter to NY ..  The 11-track album is a special homage expressing his full love for New York City, that captures the eclectic array of the Big Apple’s musical energies. With limitations of recording studios being closed down this past year, he only had  an upright piano, electric keyboard and the Logic Pro X music app on his laptop & embraced the opportunity to explore .. Enjoy the story .. 

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Jazz Pianist Falkner Evans on the 2021 CD Invisible Words

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist & Composer Falkner Evans on the 2021 CD Invisible Words .. He opened up about this deeply personal project that paints a loving musical portrait of his wife Linda in the aftermath of her tragic death .. It’s his solo piano debut with an adoring reflection on a passionate, vibrant life or what he refers to as “a record I never planned to make.” as a memorial his wife Linda took her own life May 19th, 2020 after battling depression .. Have a listen…. 

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LA-based Award-Winning Saxophonist & Composer Alex Hahn

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with LA-based Award-Winning Saxophonist & Composer Alex Hahn .. He reached out to the show and we are glad he did .. He talked about his new  2021 CD Second Wind featuring all new original music inspired by jazz, funk, rock, pop, fusion, and modern production. Still early in his career, he has had the opportunity to perform with many renowned artists such as Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Bob Mintzer and John Daversa .. He also recorded on Michael BublĂ©’s last two albums .. And he’s got some solid brass already .. He is a 6-Time Downbeat Magazine Award Winner, alumnus of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and 1st Place AND Winner of the 2019 Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition held at the Red Sea Jazz Festival... His story is a good one .. Enjoy…

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Award Winning Jazz Bassist & Composer Marc Johnson

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Award Winning Jazz Bassist & Composer Marc Johnson .. He opened up about his debut 2021 CD Overpass with a decisive and intriguing contribution to ECM’s solo bass tradition .. This Nebraska-born bassist first came to broader attention in the late 1970s as a member of Bill Evans’s last trio where the tune “Nardis” became effectively a workshop for nightly discoveries about the bass’s potential as a lead voice. He has compiled quite a career in jazz and opens up full about it .. Dig his story ..  

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Legendary Jazz Saxophonist & Flautist Kenny Garrett

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Legendary Jazz Saxophonist & Flautist Kenny Garrett .. We covered his latest 2021 CD Sounds from the Ancestors as he recalls the sounds of West African Music and its role in Jazz, Gospel, Motown, Hip-Hop and More .. We cover quite a bit more in a revealing talk .. Like his stellar career with stints around the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw and the Duke Ellington Orchestra .. This Detroit native has had a solo career that last lasted 3 plus decades and he is consistently seen as one of modern jazz’s brightest and most influential living masters. He opens up and you should hear it .. Enjoy .. 

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Kansas City-Based Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer on the new 2021 Book Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in KC - 64-72

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City-Based Author Carolyn Glenn Brewer on the new 2021 Book Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny in KC - 64-72 .. This book reveals important details about jazz in Kansas City during the sixties and early seventies overlooked in histories of Kansas City jazz. This book spans news accounts, archival material, interviews, and remembrances portraying a place and time from which Pat still very much so draws inspiration and strength. We cover some details and macro ideas about this book, Pat and much more .. Enjoy…

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Jazz Legend, Composer & Educator Rufus Reid

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Legend, Composer & Educator Rufus Reid .. We had a solid conversation about his new 2021 CD Always in the Moment, COVID and so much more .. He stands as one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene with a reputation firmly established in the education arena ..  He opens up about the state of jazz today, the future, live music and so much more .. Have a listen … 


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Kansas City Jazz Trumpeter Trent Austin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Kansas City Jazz Trumpeter Trent Austin .. This eleborated trumpet artist, educator/clinician and entrepreneur is a trumpeting Renaissance Man. For decades he has been at it with brilliant performances and recordings in both the jazz and classical music worlds .. This prodigy has been at it for decades and was hugely swayed by the jazz saint Clark Terry .. He’s also a business owner and has been in Kansas City for about 3 years now .. Over the years, he’s graced the stage with the likes of Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Joe Williams, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Peter Erskine, Arturo Sandoval, Kenny Werner and so many others .. His groove, path and history in jazz is astounding .. Enjoy the story of a KC treasure .. 

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Canadian Jazz Bassist & Composer Carl Mayotte

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian Jazz Bassist & Composer Carl Mayotte .. He opened up about his newest 2021 CD Pop de Ville Vol.1 mixing different musical styles as a tribute to City Pop, which is a Japanese musical genre that fuses jazz fusion with 1980s pop uniquely combining the accessible and the more intellectual sides of music resulting in a sound in which the groove is limitless and the originality of the compositions surprises .. He is well known from the Quebec music scene for many years playing in festivals, events, and bars since he was 16 years old .. Enjoy his story .. 

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Jazz Guitarist & Composer David Dvorin

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Guitarist & Composer David Dvorin .. He opened up about his upcoming 2021 CD on his label called Cure-All Records with the ablum "I'm the Flounder". It’s the debut recording of thisn instrumental quartet combining the freewheeling groove and grit of mid-century blues and jazz with the intimacy and instrumental interplay of chamber music called Flounder .. This CD is the culmination of two years worth of composing and performing a wealth of original material .. Get to know him and the band .. 

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Kansas City-based Jazz Pianist & Producer Desmond Mason

 Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Los Angeles-born, Kansas City-based Jazz Pianist & Producer Desmond Mason .. He’s a fixture in the KC scene and he talked about his gigs as the world of 2021 opens up .. Along with the jazz, he’s in the hip-hop and soul realms and has a position as Director of Music at Good Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church .. He’s got plenty of music and energy .. with a great story .. Enjoy .. 

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DC-based Jazz Vocalist Kristin Callahan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with DC-based Jazz Vocalist Kristin Callahan .. We caught up with her in late July to talk about her new 2021 Lost in A Dream, her life in music, COVID and the hopeful future of new live gigs .. Dig the story .. 

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Jazz Bassist Louie Leager of the Band Pieces

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Bassist Louie Leager of the Band Pieces …The band Pieces was many years in the making when guitarist Olin Clark and bassist Louie Leager met 10 years ago at Michigan State University. They shared many formative experiences on and off the bandstand and developing a deep musical bond in the process .. They open up about new music, COVID, their history and hopes .. Enjoy .. 

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Bay Area Jazz Guitarist & Composer Ray Obiedo on 2021’s Latin Jazz Project Vol. 2

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Bay Area Jazz Guitarist & Composer Ray Obiedo  on 2021’s Latin Jazz Project Vol. 2 .. He opened up about his new CD, COVID, the future of live music and so much more .. Enjoy .. 

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LA-Based Pianist, Vocalist, Composer & Arranger Adrianne Duncan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Atlanta-born, Los Angeles-based Jazz Pianist, Vocalist, Composer & Arranger Adrianne Duncan .. She opens up about her new 2021 CD Gemini, her life in music, COVID and so much more .. She has a family steeped in music and had aspirations to act when arriving to the West Coast .. It’s a great story and she explains it all .. Enjoy .. 

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Italian-based Jazz Drummer, Composer & Producer Dan Cavalca

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Italian-based Jazz Drummer, Composer & Producer Dan Cavalca .. We talked to him about his new 2021 CD Lights of Red Island that is dedicated to the collaboration with the Claudio Scolari Project .. He defines himself as an eclectic musician for his collaborations that cover different musical genres, from jazz to classical, from pop to elettronica. He’s a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and worked as a freelancer in the New York scene .. His story is a good one .. Enjoy …

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Jazz Musician & Owner of Parker Jazz Club in Austin, Texas Kris Kimura

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Musician & Owner of Parker Jazz Club in Austin, Texas Kris Kimura .. He opened up about Austin’s premier live jazz music venue as they’ve reopened their doors and announced a host of great shows in the coming 2021 months. The club is named after the young son of award-winning jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist founder/owner that opened in 2018 and from the jump offered the city a state-of-the-art listening room where legends like the Count Basie Orchestra, Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Garrett and many more .. He’s passionate about this dream come true and he opens up fully about it .. Enjoy .. 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Veteran San Francisco-based Jazz Pianist Dave Miller

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran San Francisco-based Jazz Pianist Dave Miller .. We caught up with him to talk about his newest 2021 CD with his Trio called The Mask-erade Is Over on Summit Records .. During the past few years, he has been featured on a variety of memorable recordings including his own .. His day job is as a lawyer and he uses both roles in his life well .. He grew up in Long Island, New York having extensive classical piano lessons and learned to play jazz by ear. He was inspired early on by George Shearing’s recordings and seeing Ahmad Jamal in concert. His story is one to hear ... Enjoy .. 

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Astoria, NY-based Jazz Drummer & Composer Brian Woodruff

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Astoria, NY-based Jazz Drummer & Composer Brian Woodruff .. He opened up about his 3rd album as a leader called A Centering Peace recorded with the OKB Trio. Over the years, he has performed with Bobby Watson, Marian McPartland, Jerry Hahn, and on the Today Show. He has been the house drummer for mega-church Unity of New York for the last 14 years. As the founder and organizer of the Blackbird’s Session, he played with a revolving cast of some of New York’s finest jazz players during its 3.5 year run. There are plenty of stories and tales .. Enjoy .. 

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Friday, August 6, 2021

President of KC Jazz Alive & Buttonwood Financial Jon McGraw on the 8th Annual Spotlight Charlie Parker Festivities in Kansas City

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with the President of KC Jazz Alive & Buttonwood Financial Jon McGraw on the 8th Annual Spotlight Charlie Parker Festivities in Kansas City .. He opened up about the citywide celebration of Bird’s life and music in August 2021. KC Jazz Alive, University of Missouri Kansas City, the American Jazz Museum & other cultural and civic organizations will host jam sessions, tours, lectures, exhibits, panel discussions, poetry slams, workshops and concerts celebrating Charlie Parker—Kansas City’s native son. It’s Charlie Parker’s 101st birthday celebration and all the details are at spotlightcharlieparker.org/ .. But Jon gets candid about this joyous time that puts KC on the international map .. Enjoy .. 

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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Jazz Singer-Songwriter & Flugelhornist Chris Saunders & Pianist Ken Cook of the Chris Saunders Band

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Singer-Songwriter & Flugelhornist Chris Saunders & Pianist Ken Cook of the Chris Saunders Band .. Based in San Francisco, we had a very frank talk about COVID, the current live world, their history, their latest 2021 CD Dancing with the Widow St. James and hope for the future .. Enjoy .. 

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Staten Island-based Jazz Singer Jeannine Otis

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Staten Island-based Jazz Singer Jeannine Otis .. We caught up with her to talk about her newest 2021 CD Into My Heart .. She was born and raised in Detroit, and based in Staten Island, NY. For four decades, she has drawn equally from jazz, classical, dance, gospel and pop genres .. Over the years, she has worked with numerous music stars like trumpeter Donald Byrd, Kool & Gang, The New Shirelles, and many others .. These days she also serves as music director for St. Marks Church... Enjoy .. 

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Two-Time Grammy Winning Pianist & Composer Peter Kater

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Two-Time Grammy Winning Pianist & Composer Peter Kater .. He talked to the show from one of his bases in Hawaii about a great many things over a long, well groomed music existence .. He just released his newest 2021 CD Rapture that features twelve diverse melodic landscapes straight from his world .. He was born of German parents in the Bavarian City of Munich then moved to New Jersey where he began to take classical piano lessons. At the age of 18 he left New Jersey with his backpack and his music books and hitch-hiked all around the continental US for over a year. He would finally land in Boulder, Colorado, finding comfort and inspiration in the Rocky Mountains .. Since that time, he forged significant relationships with the likes of John Denver, Kenny Loggins and so many others .. He’s full of wonderful stories and details .. Enjoy .. 

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Los Angeles-based Jazz Guitarist, Composer & Arranger Chris Standring

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Los Angeles-based Jazz Guitarist, Composer & Arranger Chris Standring … He opened up about his new 2021 CD Wonderful World .. Featuring a host of talent like Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Harvey Mason, and more .. It’s his 14th release as a leader and he is always pushing the envelope of taste and style with a project that is wholly different from anything he has done before. He is a native of England and spent his childhood driving tractors and feeding sheep. Music has been the nearly all-consuming focus of his life since he was 6 years old and began studying classical guitar .. These days, he stands as one of the most prolific and successful artists on the contemporary urban jazz scene .. Enjoy .. 

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Chicago-based Guitarist Kyle Asche

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Chicago-based Guitarist Kyle Asche .. He opened up about his new highly anticipated third CD as a leader 2021’s CD Five Down Blues .. Originally from Columbus, Nebraska, he was fortunate to hear recordings by such legends as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Martino, and George Benson at a young age. While in his mid-teens he was part of a master class conducted by Russell Malone that initially inspired him to become a professional guitarist. Over the years, he has performed with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Melvin Rhyne, “Killer” Ray Appelton, Chris Foreman, Victor Goines, and Ben Paterson. After 20 years into his tenure in Chicago, he has a lot more to do .. Dig the story .. 

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New York City-based Jazz Singer Hilary Kole

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New York City-based Jazz Singer Hilary Kole .. She opened up about her newest 2021 CD Sophisticated Lady and he life in music .. She is a beloved staple on the NYC jazz scene and world-renowned as a multi-faceted concert hall and symphony performer. She emerged triumphantly from a difficult three-year legal struggle to put out a recording – and found her true musical heart in the process. Her story is great and still unfolding .. Enjoy .. 

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Veteran Jazz Pianist Kevin Hays on the 2021 CD All Things Are featuring Ben Street & Billy Hart

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Pianist Kevin Hays on the 2021 CD All Things Are featuring Ben Street & Billy Hart .. This album was recorded in December 2020 after months of a COVID lockdown on the legendary Billy Hart’s 80th Birthday. It’s a triumphant recording and moment for this collective .. We catch up with the veteran, versatile and talented Kevin Hays to talk about this, the pandemic and the future as the revival continues .. Enjoy .. 

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Veteran Jazz Percussionist & Composer Tom Nazziola

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Veteran Jazz Percussionist & Composer Tom Nazziola .. He opened up about his new 2021 CD Distant Places where he tavels through time and geography featuring the premiere recording of 12 works and a stellar lineup of musicians .. Over the years, his music has been featured on virtually every medium in the world of composition. From “live film music” to choral and orchestral pieces, his work has been performed in France, Ireland, Slovenia, Guatemala, Croatia, and throughout the United States .. He has also played with Rufus Reid, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, Terrance Blanchard and so many others .. Enjoy the story ..  

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Jazz Drummer Joe Pignato on the Band Big Dog Red

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Drummer & Founding Member Joe Pignato on the Band Big Dog Red .. He opened up about new material and the history of the band .. They are an improvising collective from Albany, New York that released a new CD In Vivo – a live album and it is the ensemble’s fourth release since signing to Ropeadope in 2018. They love making music and it’s evident in what you hear .. Enjoy .. 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

World-Renowned Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter & Pianist Patricia Barber

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with World-Renowned Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter & Pianist Patricia Barber .. We talked to her about her new CD called Clique out on Impex Records dur out on August 6th, 2021 done with Multi GRAMMY-Winner & Longtime Creative Partner Jim Anderson .. Her insistence on writing her own makes her difficult to categorize and her unwillingness to play music business promotional games resulted in having her work evaluated by critics on its own terms. She is a tireless performer who has, in addition to touring the globe and she has wonderful insights .. Enjoy .. 

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Keith Brown

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger & Educator Keith Brown .. He talked about his new 2021 CD with your Trio called African Ripples .. He was born in Memphis and raised in Knoxville, TN and began playing piano and bass at an early age. His father Donald Brown is a world-renowned jazz pianist/composer having performed with many greats and he first learned to play songs of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder by ear and then started classical piano lessons at 8yrs old. By age 18, Keith was playing piano and bass around Knoxville in a variety of jazz, r&b, funk, and country bands. His story is a great one .. Enjoy .. 

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Polish Composer, Arranger and Producer Milosz Konarski on Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova Album

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Polish Composer, Arranger and Producer Milosz Konarski ..I caught up with him on July 16, 2021 from his base in Poland to discuss the project Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova (What If) .. The whole project is an attempt to answer Haruki Murakami’s questions how would Charlie Parker have sounderd hade he not died in 1955, but after several years of recovery, he returned to playing the saxophone and in 1963 when bossa nova was popular & released a bossa nova album .. This audio is the answer and his story is fascinating .. Enjoy .. 

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Canadian Jazz Vocalist Caity Gyorgy

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian Jazz Vocalist Caity Gyorgy .,. She is well on her way with her debut 2021 CD No Bounds .. This Toronto and Montreal based vocalist is known for singing bebop and swing music. Already she has worked and recorded with many luminaries in the Canadian jazz scene like Allison Au, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, and Pat Collins.  Her passion and drive is something you need to hear .. Enjoy their tale .. 

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Friday, July 16, 2021

New Zealand Jazz Band Leader Ben Wilcock

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New Zealand Jazz Band Leader Ben Wilcock .. He opened up about his new 2021 CD The River Tethys .. He was born in Hamilton, New Zealand and is most well known as a band leader for the jazz trio The Jelly Rolls and his work as a sideman with New Zealand soul singers .. He’s got a great story .. Enjoy .. 

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New Zealand-based Alto Saxophonist & Composer Jake Baxendale

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with New Zealand-based Alto Saxophonist & Composer Jake Baxendale .. He talked about his new 2021 CD Sanctuary teamed up with saxophonist-composer Jasmine Lovell-Smith .. The CD features original music played by an eleven piece ensemble .. He is based in Wellington, New Zealand, he celebrates his life and music in a freedom of expression, a love of nature and a community orientated mindset that is heavily influenced by this environment. Enjoy the story… 

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Collection of Kansas City & New York Jazz Musicians Remembering the Late, Great Hammond B-3 Legend Everette DeVan

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series remembering the legacy of the great Everette DeVan  He left us on July 3, 2021 after decades of being a skilled musician, mentor and friend .. During this collection of interviews – We try to pay homage to his life and preserve the voices of those that were moved by his life .. We hear from Kansas City Hammond B-3 Player Chris Hazelton, Drummer Danny Rojas, Singer Eboni Fondren and Guitarist Matt Hopper .. We also hear from the great New York City Drummer with deep KC roots in Matt Kane .. Enjoy .. 

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Santa Cruz, California-native Jazz Music-Maker Keshav Batish

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Santa Cruz, California-native Jazz Music-Maker Keshav Batish .. We caught up with him in early July to talk about his debut 2021 CD – Binairies in Cycle that will be released on July 9th, 2021. When he was growing up, he had a mentorship with father & late grandfather .. From there, he would be well educated and versed in the jazz world ..And he opens up about this and so much more .. Enjoy…

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Canadian Jazz Saxophonist Joel Frahm

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with Canadian Jazz Saxophonist Joel Frahm .. 2021 CD The Bright Side… We caught up with him to talk about his new trio album called The Bright Side featuring Joel on tenor and soprano saxophones, Dan Loomis on bass, and Ernesto Cervini on drums. It is their debut recording for Anzic Records, and is the culmination of a musical partnership that has developed over the course of many tours and recording sessions spanning the last decade. He opens up about this project and his life in jazz .. Enjoy .. 

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GRAMMY-nominated Jazz Violinist Curtis Stewart

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with GRAMMY-nominated Jazz Violinist Curtis Stewart .. We caught up with him on July 1 as the world of COVID slows down to talk about his life in music and his brand new 2021 CD Bright Shiny Things .. It is a post-classical coming of agency album inspired by #BLM featuring songs of resistance and resilience for violin, voice, and electronics .. This cat has enjoyed an eclectic career bouncing between various realms of music: from MTV specials with Wyclef Jean and sold out shows at Madison Square Garden with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, to stints at the Kennedy center with the Jimmy Heath Big Band and performance installations at the Whitney Museum .. Dig his story .. 

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Veteran Composer and Arranger Mark Masters

Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series Veteran Composer and Arranger Mark Masters .. He opened up about his 2021 CD Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster  .. He hired Duke Ellington Orchestra veteran Art Baron to reimagine the music of the iconic bandleader’s most revered era transforming Ellington classics through a contemporary lens with special guest trumpeter Tim Hagans .. Mark stands as one of the great jazz arrangers of the last few decades and formed his first ensemble in 1982. He talked about his life in jazz and his non-profit American Jazz Institute, along with much more .. Enjoy…

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