I sleep very deeply and rarely experience my dreams, but I had a dream just before I awoke today that I went to a music festival in England to do interviews for my show. I met the guest in a pub, along with another journalist. I didn’t have an adapter for my recorder because I’d forgotten about the electricity difference. I’d also forgotten to do any research and I wasn’t even sure of the name of the guest. His manager was with him and was disappointed to learn that the show wasn’t going to be streaming live on Facebook, which I don’t think is even a real thing. And there was a British journalist there and she said she’d also be asking questions during the interview. Right before that scene was a scene in a hotel where my roommates were two douchebros. Oh, and I spent the entire scene in the pub endlessly unwrapping mic and power cables.
I awoke unsettled and embarrassed.
Tonight I interviewed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa about his forthcoming album Bird Calls. The album comes out on Feb. 10. It features Matt Mitchell on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, Rudy Royston on drums and Adam O’Farrill on trumpet. You’ll hear the interview soon on The Jazz Session. On Wednesday I’m going to interview Peter Apfelbaum. And then Akua Dixon next week. And then…lots more people.
We did it! Thank you all so much!
In particular, I’d like to thank Josh Rutner and Patrick McCurry for their help with the planning and execution of this Kickstarter campaign. It would not have happened without them.
The Jazz Session’s new season starts October 1, 2013.
Today is Miles Davis’s birthday. I was in a record store in Furukawa, Miyagi, Japan, when I learned that he’d died. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to interview several people who played with Miles.
Jazz writer (and my online pal) David Adler picked his top 10 jazz shows for May. You can read his piece here. Here are the interviews I’ve done with the people David suggested:
Here’s a list of interviews I’ve conducted with people who’ve been nominated for Grammy awards this year. Click on the artist’s name to hear their appearance on The Jazz Session.