David Krakauer in conversation with CJ Shearn

In this installment of the podcast I spoke with clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer who has been fusing Klezmer and jazz for over a decade. Along with John Zorn and Anthony Coleman he is at the forefront of blending Jewish influences […]

Dave Liebman in Conversation with CJ Shearn

Dave Liebman is one of the most individual, inventive saxophonists and flautists in all of jazz. Over the course of his fifty year career, Liebman has played with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Richie Beirach, McCoy Tyner and many others. He […]

Vic Juris

Vic Juris has been one of the top guitarists on the scene for decades. Truly a guitarists’ guitarist, he paid his dues playing with such notables as saxophonist Dave Liebman, and organist Don Patterson. Juris was born in Jersey City, […]

Freddie Hubbard

Following the line of trumpet royalty beginning with Armstrong, Eldridge, Gillespie and Davis, Freddie Hubbard’s clarion tone, and incredible power is one of jazz’s most identifiable sounds. Born on April 7, 1938 in Indianapolis, Hubbard started with the euphonium and […]

What are some good holiday jazz selections?

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With Christmas just a matter of hours away, it doesn’t take much to rouse people into the holiday spirit. There are tons of holiday music selections playing everywhere from restaurants to shopping malls, but jazz isn’t often the most often […]

Wayne Shorter

In the history of jazz there have been many colorful characters, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Cecil Taylor, the vocalist Babs Gonzales to name just a few. Tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who recently celebrated his 82nd birthday has […]