The Jazz Session

Jason Crane

The original jazz interview podcast since 2007. Hosted by Jason Crane.

The Jazz Session #601: New York Voices
25-05-2022
The Jazz Session #601: New York Voices
New York Voices are a jazz vocal quartet comprising four of my favourite musicians and people-Darmon Meader, Lauren Kinhan, Kim Nazarian, and Peter Eldridge. They’ve been described as “the gold standard for jazz vocals”, “timeless”, and “masters of their art.” They recently celebrated their 34th birthday and seem to go from strength to strength. Collaborations with Bob Mintzer, and the WDR Big Band are peppered throughout a touring career that has seen them perform on stages all over Europe, the USA, the UK, Israel and Asia. How do they do it? Why do they still do it? And what do they love about being part of a working band that continues to create at the highest standard? Well, listen to our conversation to discover the answers to those burning questions and so much more. Show Notes: Tracklisting: - It’s Alright With Me (Reminiscing In Tempo, 2019) - In A Mellow Tone (Sing! Sing! Sing! 2001) - Giant Steps (Hearts of Fire, 1991) - Cecilia (New York Voices Sing the Songs of Paul Simon, 1998) - In My Life (Reminiscing In Tempo, 2019) - On A Clear Day (A Day Like This 2007) Reminiscing In Tempo is out on Origin Records now Visit for New York Voices’ upcoming tour dates Theme music by The Respect Sextet Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Subscribe to The Jazz Session’s YouTube Channel Support The Jazz Session by becoming a member at Patreon. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus episode of “The Insider”, a spin-off interview series where Nicky chats to jazz industry insiders (broadcasters, artist agents, label heads, journalists) about the nuts and bolts of the business.
The Jazz Session #600: Dave Douglas
18-05-2022
The Jazz Session #600: Dave Douglas
I get slightly dizzy thinking about trumpeter Dave Douglas’ creative output. He is a performer, a recording artist whose release record is prolific, an educator (including a ten-year stint as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada), and a pioneer of artist-run labels with Greenleaf Music which is nearly 20 years old. His musical collaborations are many and varied, including revered artists like Joe Lovano, Linda May Han Oh, Bill Frisell, and vocalist Aoife O’Donovan. We talk about his 2022 albums "Secular Psalms" and "Overcome", his outlook on recording and juggling several projects simultaneously, and his advice for musicians pitching record labels. Show Notes: Tracklisting: - Arrival - We Shall Overcome (feat. Fay Victor) - Pythagoras (with Sound Prints) - We Believe - Hermits and Pilgrims Find Dave's music at: of New Trumpet Music Website Theme music by The Respect Sextet Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Subscribe to The Jazz Session’s YouTube Channel Support The Jazz Session by becoming a member at Patreon. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus episode of “The Insider”, a spin-off interview series where Nicky chats to jazz industry insiders (broadcasters, artist agents, label heads, journalists) about the nuts and bolts of the business.
The Jazz Session #599: Mothers In Jazz
11-05-2022
The Jazz Session #599: Mothers In Jazz
In honour of Mother’s Day, which occurred on 8 May, I am delighted to have gathered eight jazz musicians who also all happen to be mothers. These mums are of varying nationalities and at the top of their creative games. Laila Biali (Canada), Sarah Elizabeth Charles (USA), Christine Jensen (Canada), Lina Nyberg (Sweden), Linda May Han Oh (Australia), Tomoko Omura (Japan), Zoe Rahman (UK), and Sara Serpa (Portugal) joined me for a conversation about their music, their experiences as mothers in the jazz community, and more, in an informal, roundtable-style conversation. Show Notes: Tracklisting: - Wendy’s Song (Laila Biali) - Lilac Chaser (Linda Oh) - Dream A Little Dream of Me (Lina Nyberg) - Octofolk (Christine Jensen) - For You I Must Become A Tree (Sara Serpa) - To Ryan Se (Tomoko Omura) - Same (Sarah Elizabeth Charles with AJOYO) - The Calling (Zoe Rahman)   Theme music by The Respect Sextet Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Subscribe to The Jazz Session’s YouTube Channel Support The Jazz Session by becoming a member at Patreon. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus episode of “The Insider”, a spin-off interview series where Nicky chats to jazz industry insiders (broadcasters, artist agents, label heads, journalists) about the nuts and bolts of the business.
The Jazz Session #597: Nikki Iles
27-04-2022
The Jazz Session #597: Nikki Iles
Nikki Iles is a pianist, a professor of jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and a composer. In some ways, I think of her as a British jazz gem, but that would do a disservice to the fact that she’s very much loved in other jazz communities around the globe. Her musical work in the UK has seen her become a leading figure in the British jazz tradition. She is known for her collaborations with vocalists Norma Winstone and Tina May, and has expanded her reputation as leader of the Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra since the ensemble debuted at the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival. She’s worked with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the WDR Big Band, and led several groups, including The Printmakers comprising a who’s-who of British jazz. Most recently, she was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for ‘Services to Music’ and an Ivor Novello Jazz Ensemble Composition Prize. We chat about her foray into large ensemble writing, her take on British jazz identity, motherhood, and so much more. Show Notes: Tracklisting: - High Lands (feat. Norma Winstone & The Printmakers) - Wild Oak (for Geri Allen) - Maybe September (feat. Tina May) - Westerly (feat. Norma Winstone & The Printmakers) - The Glide   Nikki Iles profiled by John Fordham for London Jazz News Theme music by The Respect Sextet Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Subscribe to The Jazz Session’s YouTube Channel Support The Jazz Session by becoming a member at Patreon. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus episode of “The Insider”, a spin-off interview series where Nicky chats to jazz industry insiders (broadcasters, artist agents, label heads, journalists) about the nuts and bolts of the business.
The Insider #6: South African Jazz Journalist Gwen Ansell
19-04-2022
The Insider #6: South African Jazz Journalist Gwen Ansell
South African writer, teacher, media consultant and creative industries researcher Gwen Ansell is a former Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies, Columbia University, and the author of Soweto Blues: Jazz, Politics and Popular Music in South Africa and the textbook Introduction to Journalism. She is also the person to whom I defer whenever asked about anything relating to South African jazz! We have an in-depth conversation about the state of arts journalism in South Africa (and beyond), key teaching points she imparts to students, and I mine her extensive knowledge of South African jazz musicians, past and present. Show Notes: Tracks Played: – Jonas Gwangwa: Kgomo (Wedding Song) – Bheki Mseleku feat. Courtney Pine: Closer To The Source – Sibongile Khumalo: Seliyana – Shane Cooper & Mabuta: Where The Heart Is – Tutu Puoane: Hlompha Bophelo – Kippie Moketsi & Hal Singer: Blue Stompin’ – Carlo Mombelli feat. Siya Makuzeni: Me, The Mango picker Articles mentioned: Mail & Guardian Obituary for Violet Gwangwa (by Gwen Ansell) Mail & Guardian Obituary for Nompumelelo Ebronah Moholo (by Madoda Nethi) Gwen’s Review of Bheki Mseleku’s “Beyond The Stars” Buy Bheki Mseslku’s “Beyond The Stars from Tapestry Works here Buy Gideon Nxumalo’s “Gideon Plays” here Buy Kippie Moketsi and Hal Singer’s “Blue Stompin’” here Gwen’s piece about Kinsman’s collaboration with Zimbabwean instrument maker and multi-disciplinary performer Othnell Mangoma Moyo Hear Brownswood's Indaba Is Compilation album here Find The Artistry of Bheki Mseleku by Professor Andrew Lilley here South African Musicians Mentioned: -Bokani Dyer -Thandi Ntuli -Sibusiso “Mash”Mashiloane  -Linda Sikhakhane -Ndabo Zulu -Nduduzo Makhathini -The Brother Moves On -Kinsman (led by Muhammad Dawjee) -Vuma Levin Visit Gwen's blog here: Insider” is a spin-off series with monthly episodes. Patreon members at the $10/month tier receive these episodes in advance of the general public. If you would like to support The Jazz Session, please do consider becoming a Patreon member over at
The Jazz Session #595: Tierney Sutton
13-04-2022
The Jazz Session #595: Tierney Sutton
Tierney Sutton is a Los Angeles and Paris-based vocalist with a sensational career under her belt-and music more to come, I might add. She has released fourteen albums, nine of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her fifteenth album comes out on 6 May 2022 and is called “Paris Sessions II”. Like the first volume, it features guitarist Serge Merlaud and bassist Kevin Axt, but this time flautist Hubert Laws joins the fray and the results are both intimate and musically rewarding. Tierney and I talk about her work on Clint Eastwood’s film”Sully,” her reverence for great songwriters, including her friends Alan and Marilyn Bergman, her newfound love for producing other vocalist’s albums, and how being a jazz musician is all about being happy to "do the thing." Show Notes: Tracklisting: - I Knew I Loved You (Paris Sessions II) - Sully Running (From the score for “Sully”) - All I Want (After Blue) - August Winds (Paris Sessions II) - Flying Home (Sully’s Theme) - Fields of Gold (Sting Variations) - April In Paris / Free Man In Paris (Paris Sessions II) Paris Sessions II is out May 6, 2022 music by The Respect Sextet Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Subscribe to The Jazz Session’s YouTube Channel Support The Jazz Session by becoming a member at Patreon. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus episode of “The Insider”, a spin-off interview series where Nicky chats to jazz industry insiders (broadcasters, artist agents, label heads, journalists) about the nuts and bolts of the business.
The Jazz Session #594: Paul Edis
06-04-2022
The Jazz Session #594: Paul Edis
I want to preface this interview by saying that I don’t care much for the hype machine or popular opinion and am led, predominantly, by my interest in an artist and the question of whether or not I enjoy their music. Such was the case when a publicist contacted me about one of their artists-a capable musician with a pretty banal musical approach. I explained to the publicist the kind of music I enjoyed and she cleverly pitched me another of her artists, the Durham-raised, London-based pianist Paul Edis. I hit ‘play’ and was captivated for the duration of Paul’s new album “The Still Point of the Turning World.” The solo piano record is all at once reflective, with a lilting charm, and an ability to encourage the listener to pause and slow down. Suffice to say, I wanted to talk to Paul about his beautiful compositions, his trajectory, and his creative approach. Thanks to all the publicists who persevere and pitch with thought! Show Notes: Tracklisting: - Dig Deep - Nobody Else But Me - Muddle Through - If I Knew (Feat. Jo Harrop) - Start Over “The Still Point of the Turning World” is out on Lateralize Records now Buy it here Theme music by The Respect Sextet Follow The Jazz Session on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Subscribe to The Jazz Session’s YouTube Channel Support The Jazz Session by becoming a member at Patreon. For $5 a month you’ll get a weekly bonus episode called Track of the Week, plus early access to every show. For $10 a month you get all that plus an extra monthly bonus episode of “The Insider”, a spin-off interview series where Nicky chats to jazz industry insiders (broadcasters, artist agents, label heads, journalists) about the nuts and bolts of the business.