August 2016

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July 2016

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Summer 2016

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Tommy LiPuma

From his earliest days as a music promoter in the ‘60s to his tenure at Warner Bros in the ‘70s, hit first jazz smash hit (George Benson’s Breezin’), Natalie Cole’s multiplatinum Unforgettable, legendary concerts in Montreux, his role in the rise to fame of Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets and so many others to his days at Verve, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole and Paul McCartney, commentary on topics from President Obama to his only movie soundtrack (a work he’s most proud of) to a train ride home with the precocious Joey Alexander to his commentary on how jazz took a dive when everyone started to sound like everyone else … enjoy a conversation with legendary producer Tommy LiPuma.
Intro: Kickin’ it – Jeff Lorber

May 2016

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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding has won four Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. At that time, she turned some heads beating out Justin Bieber and affecting the Grammys to change their voting rules.
Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber

Chester Thompson

Though he’s played with everyone from The Fowler Brothers to Freddie Hubbard to Frank Zappa, Chester Thompson is best-known as the touring drummer for the progressive rock super group Genesis. A jazz drummer from the start, Thompson talks about how his playing large arenas actually makes it harder to get jazz gigs and why his trio albums are his labor of love.
Intro: Kickin’ it – Jeff Lorber

Spring 2016

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Don Cheadle – Miles Ahead

Our guest for this episode is actor, producer, author and humanitarian Don Cheadle. Cheadle recently took two simultaneous giant steps; the first in his debut directorial role in a movie and the second where he stars as Miles Davis in that movie.
Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber

Kenny G

Kenny G is the biggest-selling instrumental musician and one of the best-selling artists of all time (a reported 75 million records). He’s a good sport, and we’ve had a lot of fun with Kenny over the years. A cover of JAZZIZ (shown here) and this conversation with Kenny helps explain why…
Music: Kickin’ It – Jeff Lorber

Winter 2016

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February 2016

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Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

Our guest for this episode of JAZZIZ Not What You Think is Jethro Tull’s intriguing leader, Mr. Ian Anderson. When Jethro Tull entered the music scene, they opened the eyes and ears of a generation of music fans with their new kind of fusion; mixing rock with folk, blues, jazz and classical music with unusual visual references through Anderson’s coloful lyrics and “stories”.
Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber

January 2016

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Jamie Cullum

You’ll enjoy this edition of JAZZIZ Not What You Think; a conversation with UK’s most successful jazz artist of all time, Jamie Cullum. Though he’s modest about his success and critically acclaimed piano, vocal and songwriting talents, you’ll discover that Jamie is equally meticulous in presenting the art of the past and his peers.
Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber

Richard and Mika Stoltzman

Two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is better known as a captivating recitalist. A chamber musician and jazz performer with a large discography, Stolzman gave the first clarinet recitals at both the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber

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