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JAZZIZ Conversations

140 EpisodesProduced by Brian ZimmermanWebsite

Each week, join the JAZZIZ Editors and special musical guests as we listen to and discuss a handful of albums on a given theme. It’s social media in the truest sense of the term: no algorithms, no computer-generated playlists. Just jazz fans sharing records with other jazz fans. Support this podcast… read more

140 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

JAZZIZ Travel: Christiane Karam

January 12th, 2022


Vocalist/composer Christiane Karam will release Nar, her first album in nine years, on January 28. A tribute to the lives tragically lost in the 2020 explosion at the Port of Beirut, her birthplace, the record is …

JAZZIZ Travel: Malcolm Jiyane

December 15th, 2021


Malcolm Jiyane is a revered figure of the contemporary South African jazz scene. He's a successful painter as well as a musician. A generous sideman …

JAZZIZ Travel: Hedvig Mollestad

December 8th, 2021


Norwegian guitarist/composer Hedvig Mollestad has fronted her own acclaimed power-trio with bassist Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjørnstad for …

JAZZIZ Travel: Elena Maque

December 1st, 2021


Vocalist/composer/saxophonist Elena Maque was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is a university-trained musician, who spent years honing her craft and wowing audiences throughout Russia, Europe and the United States, …

JAZZIZ Travel: Sara Serpa

November 24th, 2021


Sara Serpa is a singer/composer/improviser who, through her practice and performance, explores the use of the voice as an instrument. She was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and moved to New York in 2008, where she resides to …

JAZZIZ Travel: Henry Cole

November 17th, 2021


Puerto Rican master drummer/composer/arranger Henry Cole is known for his versatility and groove. Over the years, he has performed with many of the …

JAZZIZ Travel: Amir ElSaffar

November 10th, 2021


Trumpeter/vocalist/composer Amir ElSaffar is a Chicago native of Iraqi-American heritage. A visionary musician with a prominent background in …

JAZZIZ Travel: Adam Bałdych

November 3rd, 2021


Adam Bałdych is a Polish violin master who works within a wide range of settings and genres, and who is particularly known for leading a jazz violin …

JAZZIZ Travel: Anna Gréta

October 27th, 2021


Icelandic-born, Sweden-based singer/songwriter/pianist Anna Gréta was born in music (her father is acclaimed jazz saxophonist Sigurður Flosason) and has performed with some of the great Nordic jazz musicians of today. …

JAZZIZ Travel: Moor Mother

October 20th, 2021


Camae Ayewa, a.k.a Moor Mother, is not only a musician but a poet, visual artist and prominent thinker. Having established her reputation as a force …

JAZZIZ Travel: Hiromi

October 13th, 2021


Virtuoso pianist/composer Hiromi's new album, Silver Lining Suite, is a blend of classical composition and jazz invention. It is also her …

JAZZIZ Travel: Ches Smith and Daniel Brevil

October 6th, 2021


Drummer Ches Smith and percussionist Daniel Brevil join us on this new episode of JAZZIZ Travel to talk about their collaboration on the new album,

JAZZIZ Travel: Daniel Garcia

September 29th, 2021


Via de la Plata is an ancient commercial and pilgrimage path that crosses the West of Spain from North to South. It represents the country's main artery and allowed Spain to come together for the first time, bringing …

JAZZIZ Travel: Patrick Shiroishi

September 22nd, 2021


Los Angeles-based saxophonist/composer Patrick Shirioshi's previous LP, 2020's Descension, heavily focused on the experience of being inside a Japanese-American concentration camp. By doing so, he revisited one of the …

JAZZIZ Travel: Gisele Ben-Dor and Juanjo Mosalini

September 7th, 2021


Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, born in 1921, leaned heavily on the jazz vocabulary to create the nuevo tango, a form of music in which new elements are …

JAZZIZ Travel: Bram Weijters

September 1st, 2021


Pianist/composer Bram Weijters is based in Antwerp, Belgium, and is certainly one of the most exciting voices on the contemporary Belgian jazz scene. He has led and participated in a wide range of projects, including …

Miles Monday: Merci Miles! with Kenny Garrett, Deron Johnson, Florence Joelle Halfon & Ashley Kahn

August 25th, 2021


In this special "Miles Monday" episode of JAZZIZ Conversations, we discuss the recording, remastering and release of Merci Miles! (Live at Vienne), a previously unpublished live concert album made available by Rhino …

JAZZIZ Travel: Sebastián de Urquiza

August 25th, 2021


Double-bassist/composer/vocalist Sebastián de Urquiza, born in Boston but naturalized Argentinian, is a musician in constant growth. He recently …

JAZZIZ Travel: Satoko Fujii

August 18th, 2021


Japanese artist Satoko Fujii is one of the most exciting voices to have emerged from the avant-jazz scene of the '90s. A prolific bandleader of …

JAZZIZ Travel: Peter K. Siegel on Joseph Spence

August 11th, 2021


Richard Thompson, The Grateful Dead, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. They are just some of the artists who have been influenced by Bahamian guitar legend …

JAZZIZ Conversations: Guitar Legend John McLaughlin

August 5th, 2021


A living legend of improvised music, with a career now spanning more than five decades, John McLaughlin is no stranger to translating tumultuous …

JAZZIZ Travel: Oscar Rossignoli

August 4th, 2021


Honduran-born pianist Oscar Rossignoli folds many traditions into his music, from his classical music formation to his passion in Latin and North …

JAZZIZ Travel: Jan Lundgren

July 28th, 2021


Today, we speak with pianist/composer Jan Lundgren, one of the main exponents of Swedish jazz today, as well as a major proponent of the emancipation of European jazz from American jazz. Lundgren is based in Ystad, a …

JAZZIZ Travel: Rodrigo Amarante

July 21st, 2021


Brazilian-born, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer Rodrigo Amarante released his new eclectic and poetic album, Drama, on July …

JAZZIZ Travel: Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol

July 7th, 2021


Turkish-American GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer/scholar Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol deepens his singular approach to melding the sonorities of Turkish …

JAZZIZ Travel: Min Xiao-Fen

June 10th, 2021


Min Xiao-Fen is one of the most innovative interpreters of the pipa, one of the key instruments in Chinese music with a rich and storied history stretching back nearly two thousand years. Upon moving to the United …

JAZZIZ Travel: Nnenna Freelon

May 27th, 2021


Multi-GRAMMY nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon released her first album in more than a decade on May 11. With its classic standards, …

JAZZIZ Travel: Sunny Jain

May 20th, 2021


Sunny Jain is an innovative percussionist/composer known for his music, which blends his Punjabi roots with his love of jazz, rock, funk and more. …

Crate Digging: 10 Albums You Need to Know for May 2021

May 13th, 2021


Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” …

JAZZIZ Travel: Habibi Funk founder Jannis Stürtz

May 6th, 2021


JAZZIZ Travel is a new podcast series hosted by JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci that explores jazz and creative music in all four corners of the globe. In this series, you will hear conversations with artists and …

JAZZIZ Not What You Think: Richard Elliot

May 3rd, 2021


In today's episode JAZZIZ Publisher and Founder Michael Fagien speaks with Saxaphonist Richard Elliot about life, family, the industry and most importantly music.

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Crate Digging: Third Stream

April 29th, 2021


Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” …

Crate Digging: 10 Albums You Need To Know for April 2021

April 21st, 2021


A sax legend’s first album in eight years; a singer/songwriter’s first-ever full-length live record; the release of a long-lost session by an elusive …

Crate Digging: Jazz & Sports

April 15th, 2021


Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” …

Crate Digging: Jazz & Literature

April 8th, 2021


Welcome to the party! For this episode of Crate Digging, we have chosen some of our favorite albums testifying to the longstanding link between jazz and literature!

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Crate Digging: Spiritual Jazz Albums

April 1st, 2021


You can listen to the podcast version via the player below. Write-ups of individual albums and sample tracks follow. Welcome to the party! For this …

Crate Digging: Spring Awakenings

March 24th, 2021


This week on the Crate Digging podcast, we celebrate spring with albums that revel in themes of nature, featuring Bill Evans, Joao Gilberto, Marian McPartland, Earth Wind & Fire and more!

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Crate Digging: 10 Albums You Need To Know for March 2021

March 17th, 2021


A legendary soul, funk and R&B outfit’s 50th-anniversary celebration; a bandleader’s love letter to his Southern roots and the heritage of Black …

Crate Digging: Vanguard Vocalists

March 11th, 2021


This week on the podcast, we talk about some of our favorite young vocalists of this generation and ones to be on the lookout for in the near future. These are our vanguard vocalists.

Zara McFarlane, Arise (Brownswood, …

Crate Digging with Pedrito Martinez: Life-Changing Albums

March 3rd, 2021


This week on the podcast, we sit down with Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez to discuss the albums that changed his life. Pedrito was a founding member of the group Yerba Buena and has performed and recorded with …

Crate Digging with Jeff Coffin and Derek Brown: Dynamic Duo Albums

February 24th, 2021


Saxophonists Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Dave Matthews Band) and Derek Brown (Beatbox Saxophone) will release a new album, Symbiosis, on EarUp Records on February 26. They sat down with JAZZIZ Crate …

Crate Digging: Remembering Chick Corea

February 17th, 2021


In this episode of Crate Digging, we remember the life and legacy of pianist Chick Corea, who died last week after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. JAZZIZ Editors Matt Micucci and Brian Zimmerman share their …

Crate Digging: Valentine’s Day Albums

February 11th, 2021


Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” …

Crate Digging: Outstanding Debut Albums

February 4th, 2021


Remember record stores? Remember the thrill of turning your friends on to new music by swapping vinyl and CDs? Yeah, we do too. That’s why we’re rebooting that tradition for the digital age with our “Crate Digging” …

JAZZIZ Crate Digging: Jazz Meets Hip-Hop

January 27th, 2021


Jazz and hip-hop are dialects of the same language. Put them together, and their conversation is sublime. From jazz artists with hip-hop sensibilities to rappers versed in the rhythms of jazz, here are six albums that …

10 Albums You Need To Know: December 2020

December 9th, 2020


A fabled guitarist’s fully solo debut album; a testament to a jazz great’s continued legacy; unheard outtakes from a legendary session. All this and …

Miles Monday: Richard Howell

December 8th, 2020


Richard Howell is a Bay Area saxophonist who has performed and recorded with numerous pop, soul, and jazz music icons such as Etta James, Chaka Khan …

Crate Digging Ep. 6: Best Albums of 2020 (Part 1)

December 4th, 2020


We look back on a year of improvisation, change, adaptability and, yes, even some hope, via the best albums of 2020.

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Miles Monday: Mahavishnu Orchestra's Ralphe Armstrong

November 24th, 2020


Ralphe Armstrong is a bass player from Detroit, Michigan. While still in his teens, he was hired by John McLaughlin to perform in the Mahavishnu Orchestra. He has since toured and recorded with Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc …

Crate Digging Ep. 5: Jazz Meets Disney

November 19th, 2020


In this episode of Crate Digging, we explore albums at the happy intersection of jazz and Disney. Here's what it sounds like when America's original art form comes to the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Miles Monday: Keyboardist Brandon Coleman

November 17th, 2020


Brandon Coleman is a Los Angeles-based keyboardist who has performed with the industry's most sought after musicians, including Stanley Clark, …

Crate Digging Ep. 4: West Coast Jazz

November 12th, 2020


In this episode of Crate Digging, JAZZIZ Editors Brian Zimmerman and Matt Micucci share their favorite albums from the West Coast jazz scene, then and now.

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Miles Monday: Bassist Ben Williams

November 10th, 2020


Ben Williams is a bassist, bandleader and composer from Washington, D.C. In 2009, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition, which led to stints with Stefon Harris, Bilal and Pat …

Crate Digging: Jazz Albums for Election Week

November 5th, 2020


In this episode of Crate Digging, we explore recent jazz albums with political themes. View the full list of albums here:

Miles Monday: Jazz on Film

November 3rd, 2020


We look forward to our Winter 2020 “Jazz on Film” issue by talking with Vince Wilburn Jr. about Miles’ love for cinema and his history as an actor.

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JAZZIZ Live Ep. 108: Vocalist Luba Mason

October 30th, 2020


The classically trained singer, pianist, dancer and Broadway actor. Her new album 'Triangle' was released in August. Mason has trademarked her own musical format called Mixtura, "a blend of different musical currents.

JAZZIZ Live Ep. 107: Marc Free of Posi-Tone Records

October 29th, 2020


Marc Free is a musician, poet, record producer, entrepreneur and founder of the California-based jazz label Posi-Tone Records, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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Miles Monday: Cameron Graves

October 27th, 2020


Cameron Graves is a keyboardist, composer and founding member of The West Coast Get Down. A frequent collaborator of Kamasi Washington, he appeared …

Crate Digging: Albums We Loved This Week

October 23rd, 2020


JAZZIZ Editors Brian Zimmerman and Matt Micucci dig through the crates to bring you albums we loved this week, along with news, reviews and more!

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JAZZIZ Live: Reza Ackbaraly of Qwest TV

October 22nd, 2020


Reza Ackbaraly is the co-founder, along with Quincy Jones, of Qwest TV, a subscription video-on-demand service featuring jazz and related eclectic music. It has been called the "Netflix" of improvised music.

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Miles Monday: The Potash Twins

October 20th, 2020


Ezra and Adeev Potash are hosts of Bravo's new digital series Beats + Bites with the Potash Twins. They are dedicated food adventurers and internationally known jazz recording artists. Their 2017 Travel Channel …

Miles Monday: Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

October 13th, 2020


Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine is an actor, photographer and lecturer. His TV acting credits include recurring roles on The Chi, The Knick, Treme, Heroes, …

Crate Digging: Albums We Loved This Week

October 12th, 2020


JAZZIZ Editors Brian Zimmerman and Matt Micucci share the albums they’ve been listening to this week. Viewers are welcome to do the same on our Facebook page!

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JAZZIZ Live: Catching Up with Dave Koz

October 8th, 2020


Dave Koz is an internationally acclaimed saxophonist who has garnered nine GRAMMY® nominations and 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. His new album ‘A New Day’ is due out October 9, …

Miles Monday: James Mtume

October 6th, 2020


James Mtume is a percussionist who performed in Miles Davis’ band from 1971 to 1975. He has appeared on 80 albums with a variety of other notable …

10 Albums You Need To Know: October 2020

October 2nd, 2020


A long lost live album from the First Lady of Song; the return of an interplanetary ensemble; a record of kaleidoscopic music. All this and more on our list of jazz albums out this October 2020 that you need to know.

Miles Monday: Keyon Harrold, Sean Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Etienne Charles

September 29th, 2020


We mark the 29th anniversary of Miles Davis’ passing with a trumpet summit featuring Keyon Harrold, Sean Jones, Jeremy Pelt, Etienne Charles and a …

Keyboardist David Garfield on Smokey Robinson, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder & More

September 25th, 2020


David Garfield is an in-demand keyboardist from Los Angeles. He has recorded with Smokey Robinson, Cher, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Spinal Tap, George Benson and The Manhattan Transfer. His new album, ‘Stretchin’ …

Reading Jazz: Five Essential Nonfiction Books

September 23rd, 2020


In today’s episode, we’ll explore five essential books of nonfiction that provide unique insights into the history of jazz.

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Miles Monday with Trumpeter Charles Tolliver

September 22nd, 2020


Charles Tolliver is a trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader who has recorded with jazz heavies including Andrew Hill, Oliver Nelson, Gerald …

David Sancious: Keyboardist for Jeff Beck, E-Street Band & More

September 16th, 2020


David Sancious is a world-renowed, Hall of Fame keyboardist and musician and has worked with Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Seal, and more. His new album 'Eyes Wide Open' was released in April.

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Miles Monday with Christian McBride

September 14th, 2020


Christian McBride is a six-time GRAMMY-winning bassist and composer. His new album ‘For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver’ is a tribute to Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery and Oliver Nelson. Buy it here:

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Coltrane News + Our Favorite Trane Albums

September 11th, 2020


We share some exciting news for Coltrane fans (and vinyl record collectors). Plus, we’ll count down five of our favorite Coltrane records. 

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Miles Monday: Saxophonist and Producer Terrace Martin

September 8th, 2020


Terrace Martin is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has worked on records with several prominent artists in hip-hop and R&B, including …

Jazz Electric Bass: Five Essential Albums

September 2nd, 2020


JAZZIZ LIVE host Brian Zimmerman walks us through five essential electric bass albums that should be in every jazz fan's collection.

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Miles Monday with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

September 1st, 2020


Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is a trumpeter and composer from New Orleans. His unique brand of music fuses African- and African-American-rooted genres like West African percussion, Afro-Caribbean styles, hip-hop and …

JAZZIZ Live: Wynton Marsalis

August 26th, 2020


Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader, an educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He …

Miles Monday: John Beasley On Miles, Monk & Musical Directing

August 25th, 2020


John Beasley is a Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, arranger, conductor and musical director. He was the one-time keyboardist for Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. As the bandleader of the MONK’estra, he reimagines the …

Actor Andy Garcia & Drummer Richard Baratta on Music, Movies

August 21st, 2020


Andy Garcia is an Oscar-nominated actor and director who has appeared in such films as The Godfather Part III and Ocean’s 11. He was Emmy Award and …

Gerald Clayton Discusses His Blue Note Records Debut

August 19th, 2020


Gerald Clayton is a four-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer. He has performed and recorded with a range of distinctive artists from Diana Krall and Roy Hargrove to John Scofield and Diane Reeves. His new album, …

Miles Monday: Miles News, Bill Evans' Birthday, Big Announcements & More!

August 18th, 2020


In this episode, we discuss news from the world of Miles Davis, celebrate the birthday of Bill Evans and discuss upcoming guests on Miles Monday!

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Bandleader Maria Schneider on Conquering the Data Lords

August 14th, 2020


Maria Schneider is a composer, arranger and bandleader whose namesake orchestra has received twelve GRAMMY nominations and five GRAMMY awards. The orchestra’s latest album, Data Lords, is a musical examination of two …

Jazz Guitar: Six Essential Albums

August 13th, 2020


JAZZIZ LIVE host Brian Zimmerman walks us through SIX essential guitar albums that should be in every jazz fan’s collection.

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Carlos Santana & Cindy Blackman Santana

August 11th, 2020


Carlos Santana's wife, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, will release a solo album, Give the Drummer Some, on September 18. The 17-track collection …

#MilesMonday with Vince Wilburn Jr. and Erin Davis

August 11th, 2020


For today’s episode, co-hosts Brian Zimmerman and Vince Wilburn Jr. are joined by Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis, to talk about news from the Miles Davis Estate.

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Carol Welsman & CD Giveaway

July 31st, 2020


Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences …

Brian Bromberg Honors Jimi Hendrix

July 30th, 2020


Brian Bromberg is a bass player whose career bridges straightahead jazz and fusion. His new album, Plays Jimi Hendrix, will be released on September 18, the 50th anniversary of Hendrix’s passing.

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Miles Monday: Lenny White

July 27th, 2020


Lenny was the drummer Miles Davis' famous 'Bitches Brew' sessions. Watch for the LIVE video on our Facebook feed! #MilesMonday

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Keeping a Record Collection

July 24th, 2020


Today we are joined by Jeff Coates, in-house analog expert for Pro-Ject Audio, to discuss some tips and tricks for keeping a record collection.

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Good Vibes with Warren Wolf + Jazz News

July 23rd, 2020


Warren Wolf is an acclaimed vibraphonist from Baltimore, Maryland. His new album ‘Reincarnation’ pays tribute to his love for the R&B and soul …

Viewer Call In Show: YOU Review Your Favorite Albums

July 22nd, 2020


In tonight’s episode, YOU get to review your favorite albums on air. [link will be provided in the chat once we go live] to join the show and we’ll discuss the albums you’ve been enjoying this month! ( please have your …

JAZZIZ Last Call: Talking Wes Montgomery with Guitarist Norman Brown

July 20th, 2020


Norman Brown is a Grammy award-winning contemporary jazz guitarist who has sold over 2 million albums in his career. He has been called “one of the …

JAZZIZ Last Call: Drummer Dave Weckl and Vocalist Clivia Tanisi

July 17th, 2020


Dave Weckl is a Grammy-winning drummer who has performed with Chick Corea's Elektric and Akoustic Bands. Clivia Tanisi is an Italian-born vocalist who became a professional jazz singer at the age of 14. The husband and …

JAZZIZ Last Call: Our Favorite Jazz Album Covers

July 16th, 2020


As a preview of our upcoming “Art of the Album” issue, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite album covers. We invite you to do the same in the comments!

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JAZZIZ Last Call: Talking Miles Davis & More with Vince Wilburn Jr.

July 15th, 2020


Vince Wilburn Jr. is a drummer and the nephew of jazz legend Miles Davis. He’s also the bandleader of the progressive all-star ensemble The Miles Davis Electric Band, featuring alumni from Miles’ most iconic groups.

T.S. Monk on Discovering a Previously Unreleased Album by Thelonious Monk

July 14th, 2020


T.S. Monk is a jazz drummer, composer and bandleader. He is the son of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. An unheard recording of a 1968 high school …

Catching Up with Drummer Peter Erskine

June 26th, 2020


In this episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass, we are joined by drum legend Peter Erskine. Known as a member of Weather Report and Steps Ahead, Erskine has appeared in over 500 albums and along with his work as a leader, has …

JAZZIZ Happy Hour: Gino Vannelli

June 19th, 2020


Gino Vannelli is a Canadian rock singer and songwriter who had several hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s. His best-known singles include “I Just Wanna Stop”, “Living Inside Myself” and “Wild Horses”.

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JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Pat Coil

June 15th, 2020


A conversation between JAZZIZ Publisher and Founder Michael Fagien and pianist Pat Coil, whose recording credits include  Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, …

Bassist Jimmy Haslip on Jaco, Fourplay, and Turning the Bass World Upside-Down

May 29th, 2020


In this episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass, we are joined by influential and versatile bassist Jimmy Haslip. Known as a founding member of the jazz-fusion group the Yellowjackets, Haslip was also an early user of the …

Saxophonist Boney James on His 'Solid' Reputation in Jazz

May 24th, 2020


In this episode of JAZZIZ Daily Brunch, we are joined by four-time GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum saxophonist/composer Boney James, who will be …

JAZZIZ Daily Brunch: Al Di Meola

May 2nd, 2020


In today’s episode of JAZZIZ Daily Brunch, we are joined by Al Di Meola, who, for the past four decades, has been recognized internationally as a …

JAZZIZ Track by Track: Raul Midon Reflects On His New Album 'The Mirror'

March 18th, 2020


Raul Midon, the endlessly talented vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, walks us through his new album, The Mirror, track by track. The Mirror was …

10 Albums You Need To Know for February 2020

February 29th, 2020


JAZZIZ Editors Matt Micucci and Brian Zimmerman discuss the 10 albums you absolutely must know for February 2020! This month's list includes new …

Made in Miami: Snarky Puppy's Michael League on Why the GroundUP Music Festival Calls the Magic City Home

February 21st, 2020


Bassist Michael League is co-founder of the genre-fusing jazz collective Snarky Puppy and the brains behind the band's homegrown label, GroundUP …

JAZZIZ Not What You Think: Kirk Whalum

February 11th, 2020


A gem from the vault, this episode of JAZZIZ Not What You Think features JAZZIZ Publisher Michael Fagien in conversation with world-class saxophonist …

10 Albums You Need To Know for January 2020

January 27th, 2020


Our first 10 Albums You Need To Know list for 2020 starts the year off on a high note, featuring new works by piano wunderkind Joey Alexander, guitarist Jeff Parker,  New York "cave music" trio Moon Hooch and the …

Benny Benack III Has A Lot of Livin' To Do

January 10th, 2020


Joining the show for our first podcast of 2020 is trumpeter and vocalist Benny Benack III. At just 28 years old, Benny has an old soul, a quick mind …

Confidentially L.A. with Aubrey Logan

December 26th, 2019


Our guest on the podcast today is trombonist and vocalist Aubrey Logan. Aubrey is a frequent guest of Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox and is currently on the road with saxophonist Dave Koz as part of his Summer Horns …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Track by Track with Bria Skonberg

December 20th, 2019


Trumpeter, vocalist and composer Bria Skonberg joins the podcast to walk us through her latest album, Nothing Never Happens, track by track. We'll hear some backstory about each song, then listen to an excerpt in a …

Special Holiday Edition: Christmas with Jonathan Butler

November 27th, 2019


On this special holiday edition of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass, guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Butler joins the podcast to discuss his new album,

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Tucson Jazz Fest Headliner Grace Kelly

November 22nd, 2019


Joining the JAZZIZ Backstage Pass podcast today is the incredibly talented and eminently fashionable saxophonist Grace Kelly. Now, even if you don’t Grace Kelly by name, you’ve probably heard her before. She's performed …

10 Albums You Need To Know for November 2019

November 19th, 2019


In this week's episode, JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci joins Backstage Pass host Brian Zimmerman to review the 10 Albums You Need To Know for …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Marcus Hubbard of The Soul Rebels

November 8th, 2019


Trumpeter Marcus Hubbard, a New Orleans native now based in Houston, is a veteran member of The Soul Rebels, a brass band fusing sounds from …

JAZZIZ Not What You Think: Harry Connick Jr.

November 1st, 2019


Joining JAZZIZ Publisher Michael Fagien on the podcast today is pianist, singer, actor and talk show host Harry Connick Jr. Connick's new album, True …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: 10 Albums You Need To Know for October 2019

October 24th, 2019


JAZZIZ editors Brian Zimmerman and Matt Micucci are back again with another episode of 10 Albums You Need To Know, this time for the month of October. This month's list is scary good, featuring new music from guitarist …

JAZZIZ Not What You Think: Becca Stevens

October 18th, 2019


Becca Stevens is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has made a career of testing the limits of her musical identity. Her unique …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Actor Michael Imperioli on Jazz, Creativity and Co-Hosting the JFA Loft Party

October 10th, 2019


Joining the podcast today is actor, writer, director and longtime jazz fan Michael Imperioli, best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Jacky Terrasson Breaks Free from the Comfort Zone

October 4th, 2019


Joining host Brian Zimmerman on the podcast today is pianist Jacky Terrasson. Born in Germany to an American mother and French father, Terrasson has been a force in modern jazz since his rocket-propelled arrival on the …

10 Albums You Need To Know: September 2019

September 20th, 2019


In this episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass, host Brian Zimmerman is joined by JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci to discuss the 10 Albums You Need to Know for September 2019 And this one's a real treat, featuring …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Around the World with Chick Corea

September 6th, 2019


Today's guest is internationally acclaimed, 22-time Grammy-winning pianist Chick Corea, one of the most recognizable artists in modern jazz. JAZZIZ spoke with Chick backstage before his performance at the Concord Jazz …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Dave Koz Salutes the Greatest Horn Sections in Pop

August 30th, 2019


Joining host Brian Zimmerman on the podcast for this episode is contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz, whose new album Summer Horns II: From A to Z, is a salute to the greatest horn sections in rock and pop history. …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Poncho Sanchez Re-imagines Coltrane in a Latin Light

August 23rd, 2019


JAZZIZ was recently on the scene in Concord, California, to take in the 50th annual Concord Jazz Festival,  a showcase for some of the phenomenal artists signed to the Concord Jazz label. Rising stars like vocalist …

Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, 'The Sopranos' and 'Lilyhammer'

August 22nd, 2019


 This week, we take you “backstage” with actor, broadcaster, political activist and rock and roll icon Steven Van Zandt. Steven is best known as the …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: 10 Albums You Need to Know for August 2019

August 16th, 2019


 In this episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass, host Brian Zimmerman is joined by JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci to discuss the 10 Albums You Need to Know for August 2019,featuring new releases by drum legend Jimmy Cobb, …

Pianist Monty Alexander Plays Monk with a Reggae Twist

August 3rd, 2019


 Monty Alexander is a Grammy-nominated artist whose virtuosic skill at the keyboard and vibrant personality have been packing concert halls around the world for decades. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1944, Alexander …

10 Albums You Need to Know for July 2019

July 19th, 2019


In this episode, JAZZIZ Backstage Pass host Brian Zimmerman is joined by JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci to present the 10 Albums You Need To Know …

Gwilym Simcock of the Pat Metheny Quartet

July 13th, 2019


We’re switching things up this week. Sitting in the host chair for this episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass is Michael Fagien, the founder and publisher of JAZZIZ Magazine. And he’s brought with him a very special guest.

Jamie Cullum Reinvents Himself...Again

June 28th, 2019


 On this episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass, host Brian Zimmerman engages in a frank and wide-ranging discussion with pianist and vocalist Jamie …

10 Albums You Need To Know: June 2019

June 14th, 2019



In this episode, JAZZIZ Backstage Pass host Brian Zimmerman is joined by JAZZIZ online editor Matt Micucci to present the 10 Albums You Need To Know for June 2019, featuring new records by best-selling U.K. jazz …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Joel Ross

May 27th, 2019


Even if you’re a casual jazz fan, it would be hard to ignore the buzz around Joel Ross. Just 23 years old, the vibraphonist recently released his …

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: 10 Albums You Need to Know for May 2019

May 10th, 2019


 Welcome to another episode of JAZZIZ Backstage Pass. This week, we bring you the 10 Albums You Need to Know for May 2019, featuring new titles by vibraphone phenom Joel Ross, DJ-producer Flying Lotus, trumpeter Theo …

Tierney Sutton Takes Jazz to the Movies

April 29th, 2019


 In this episode, JAZZIZ Backstage Pass host Brian Zimmerman sits down with Tierney Sutton, an eight-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist who has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” nomination for every project she has …

10 Albums You Need to Know: April 2019

April 13th, 2019


Join JAZZIZ Editors Brian Zimmerman and Matt Micucci as they discuss the 10 albums you need to know for April 2019, featuring new titles by Norah Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Mark Guiliana and more!

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Steve Davis – The Last Jazz Messenger

March 29th, 2019


 Trombonist Steve Davis has been a member of some of the most prestigious ensembles in jazz: Chick Corea’s Origins, the Jackie McLean Sextet, Benny …

10 Albums You Need to Know: March 2019

March 17th, 2019


In this podcast, JAZZIZ Backstage Pass host Brian Zimmerman is joined by online editor Matt Micucci to discuss the 10 Albums You Need to Know for …

Emmet Cohen Links Jazz's Past and Present

February 28th, 2019


 Emmet Cohen is a young pianist with a broad vision of jazz. He’s committed to what he calls the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history, and traditions. To that end, he’s embarked on a recording …

Joe Lovano Is at Home on ECM

February 28th, 2019


 Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano may be best known for his long-running tenure at Blue Note Records, the label he’s called home since 1991. But within the same span, he’s also been a vital presence on the German label ECM, …

Snarky Puppy's Mike "Maz" Maher

February 28th, 2019


 Mike “Maz” Maher is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band Snarky Puppy, a group that, since its beginnings in 2004, has made it its mission to smash genre walls and steer jazz in new directions. In 2016, Maz …

10 Albums You Need to Know: February 2019

February 14th, 2019


 In this podcast, JAZZIZ Online Editor Matt Micucci joins host Brian Zimmerman to discuss the 10 Albums You Need to Know About for February 2019. You may have come across this list as an article on our website, but …

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