[JPL] The Jazz Session #45: Javon Jackson

Jason Crane|The Jazz Session jason at thejazzsession.com
Mon Sep 29 08:55:02 EDT 2008

Hello friends,

I've noticed recently that my interviews on The Jazz Session are  
delving more deeply into philosophical territory -- whether it's the  
philosophy of music or larger questions of humanity, spirituality,  
religion and politics. The show is still very much about the music,  
but I'm getting a lot of satisfaction out of extended conversations  
with jazz musicians about the contexts in which they make music.

This kind of interview doesn't happen with every artist, but I bring  
it up because it happened to me today. I spent part of my day in  
Woodstock, NY, at the home of pianist Marilyn Crispell. I was there  
to interview her about Vignettes (ECM, 2008), her recent CD of solo  
piano work. She was such a welcoming presence and so open about every  
aspect of her music-making. A 20-minute interview turned into a 40- 
minute interview, and I would have been quite happy to spend hours  
with her, talking about music and human interaction. You'll hear my  
interview with Marilyn in a few weeks.

I also talked with Kate McGarry this week, and we spent a lot of time  
discussing the philosophical foundations of Kate's music and how she  
uses her music as an expression of her worldview. You'll hear that in  
a few weeks, too.

This week's show is very different than those two shows, and also  
different than any other episode of The Jazz Session. On this  
episode, saxophonist Javon Jackson takes you on a track-by-track trip  
through his new CD, talking about the inspiration behind each and  
every track, and telling fascinating stories about his remarkable  
life in music. (See below for more details.)

FREE! FREE! FREE MUSIC: Be sure to visit the Web site or listen to  
The Jazz Session to win free music! I'm giving away free CDs just  
about every week, and this week is no exception. Listen to the shows  
and visit http://thejazzsession.com for instructions on how to win.

COMING UP IN THE WEEKS AHEAD: McCoy Tyner, Marilyn Crispell, Jack  
DeJohnette, Kenny Garrett, Henry Grimes, Brian Blade, David Sanborn,  
Satoko Fuji, Erin Bode, Lee Shaw, Kate McGarry, Stevie Holland, The  
Wee Trio, Barbara Dennerlein ... and many more!

Finally, The Jazz Session Cause of the Month this month is Musicians'  
Village in New Orleans. Details about the Village and how you can  
help can be found later in this message.

Here's the detailed update for this week:


*** NEW EPISODE! ***

Jason Crane interviews saxophonist Javon Jackson. On his new  
recording for Palmetto Records, Once Upon A Melody, Jackson pays  
tribute to the people and songs that have influenced him, from Wayne  
Shorter to Sonny Rollins to Ramsey Lewis to Corinne Bailey Rae.  
During this interview, Javon leads a track-by-track tour of the  
record, and you’ll hear excerpts from every composition. He’s joined  
on the album by pianist Eric Reed, bassist Corcoran Holt and longtime  
musical partner Billy Drummond on drums. Find out more at  


1. Visit <http://thejazzsession.com> and use the easy built-in player

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iTunes, subscribe you to the show, and download the most recent  
episode. This really helps the show grow, so please use this method  
if you can:


TJS CAUSE OF THE MONTH(S): Musicians' Village in New Orleans

The tragedy in New Orleans was a turning point in my life, even  
though I’ve never been there. For me, it was the single most glaring  
example of what’s wrong with our government and right with our  
nation. I’ve been featuring New Orleans charities — particularly  
those that deal with cultural restoration — in my Cause of the Month  
for quite a while now. I’m proud to announce the newest addition:

Musicians’ Village was conceived by New Orleans natives (and jazz  
musicians) Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis. Musicians’  
Village will provide a home for both the artists who have defined the  
city’s culture and the sounds that have shaped the musical vernacular  
of the world.

Please help these folks do what they do by visiting their Web site:

And keep an eye on http://thejazzsession.com in the upcoming weeks  
for a show featuring residents of Musicians' Village.




Jason Crane
The Jazz Session
The weekly jazz interview show.

E-MAIL: jason at thejazzsession.com
WEB: http://thejazzsession.com

"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."
-- Bertrand Russell

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