[JPL] The Jazz Session #68: E.J. Strickland! Plus, fight cancer and win jazz prizes!

Jason Crane|The Jazz Session jason at thejazzsession.com
Mon Jul 27 07:04:19 EDT 2009

Hello friends,

Last week was quite a week. I conducted two of my favorite interviews 
thus far out of the 300+ I've done in my career. On Wednesday night, I 
interviewed Carl Allen ... at about midnight ... at my parents' dining 
room table in Manhattan. Definitely the coolest thing to happen at that 
table, and one of the coolest guys I've spoken with. We talked a lot 
about Carl's musical choices and his decision to play what he likes. He 
and Rodney Whitaker have a new album out on Mack Avenue Records called 
Work To Do. Look for that interview in the next couple weeks.

On Thursday, I had the extreme pleasure of spending half an hour with 
Terence Blanchard. It turns out that he's as wonderful a human being as 
he is a musician. We had a wide-ranging conversation about his new 
record, the state of things in New Orleans, and how the arts stand up in 
the face of tragedy. That interview will air on August 17, the day 
before Terence's new album, Choices, is released on Concord Records. 
(Later that evening, I got to watch Terence's band tear it up at the 
Jazz Standard. Wow!)

This week, drummer E.J. Strickland talks about his path from Miami to 
New York in pursuit of his musical vision. See below for more.

In the weeks ahead: Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Terence Blanchard, 
Gene Ludwig, Bill Anschell & Brent Jensen, and more!


As you know, I'm riding my bike in the LIVESTRONG Challenge ride on 
August 23 to fight cancer. I'm trying to raise $1,926 (in honor of the 
year of John Coltrane's birth), and I need YOUR help. For every $5 you 
donate here:


...you'll get a raffle ticket. On August 30, after the ride, I'll draw 
winners, and then announce the prizes on the August 31 episode of The 
Jazz Session. The prizes include autographed CDs; LP reissues; a pair of 
lawn seats to see a rare duet performance with pianists Kenny Barron and 
Mulgrew Miller at Tanglewood; and a pair of tickets to see Dave Brubeck 
in Pittsfield, MA, on October 17. Tanglewood and Pittsfield are an easy 
trip from NYC, Boston, Albany, Hartford and many other places. So 
remember, donate today via the link above.

Also, if you're a musician or a record promoter or an agent, and you're 
able to donate CDs, t-shirts, concert tickets, autographed items, etc., 
please contact me at jason at thejazzsession.com.

Thank you in advance for whatever you can contribute.

And now, on to the update...

*** NEW EPISODE! ***

THE JAZZ SESSION #68: E.J. STRICKLAND. Jason Crane interviews drummer 
and composer E.J. Strickland. Strickland’s new album is called In This 
Day (Strick Muzik, 2009). E.J. and his twin brother Marcus grew up in 
Miami, sons of a musical father. They knew early on that they wanted to 
be musicians, and they’ve pursued that path with a single-minded 
devotion. On In This Day, E.J. Strickland’s vision is realized not just 
from the drum chair, but compositionally as well. He wrote or co-wrote 
every tune on the record.


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