Crane has the ability to encourage out the pith of his guests' philosophies, strategies, and points of view while making jazz more accessible to his listeners. Now, after about five years and 370+ interviews (a lot more if you include what he did before starting The Jazz Session), he is going on tour.
|A short list of some of the hundreds of people Jason Crane has interviewed at thejazzsession.com:|
Jane Ira Bloom
There is no benefactor behind this effort, no filmmaker, no nonprofit, no public radio station, no federal or private grant. Crane is backed by dozens of members, individuals who have committed to supporting him on a monthly or yearly basis with no tax deduction. This is how good his show is.
At left I've made a list of some of the musicians he's interviewed and whose names you may recognize. Look over the website and listen to a few shows. In each show Crane includes excerpts of the artist's music. You can subscribe to the free podcast using iTunes or an RSS reader.
Also, check out "Crashing on Couches to Talk to Musicians" a recent article about him on A Blog Supreme, National Public Radio's jazz blog.
And here's another article by The Village Voice: "Q&A: Jason Crane Takes The Jazz Session On the Road With The 'Jazz Or Bust' Tour".
Then support the tour by making a gift here: http://thejazzsession.com/tour. By joining the tour supporters, you can get benefits like a postcard from the road, a t-shirt, a CD, a copy of his poetry book (more about his poetry at jasoncrane.org), even a CD every month for 10 years.
Jason Crane and the people he has interviewed have changed my feelings and opinions about music, or at least revealed to me more about what they truly are. As a listener, a player and a businessman in this field, the decisions I make from this point on will have his fingerprints on them, and I will forever be indebted to him for that. The least I can do is give him a couch to crash on for a night or two.
A Few Recommended Interviews
- The first one I heard was with a friend, trombonist and composer Jeff Albert, about the Open Ears series he curates in New Orleans. http://thejazzsession.com/2009/06/15/the-jazz-session-62-jeff-albert/
- Some beautiful music in this one by Maria Schneider. http://thejazzsession.com/2011/05/02/the-jazz-session-262-maria-schneider/
- Jane Ira Bloom's was the first time I had considered the notion that spontaneity was something that needed to be rehearsed. http://thejazzsession.com/2011/01/13/the-jazz-session-231-jane-ira-bloom/
- This John Ellis CD is one of my favorite albums ever. http://thejazzsession.com/2008/08/13/the-jazz-session-37-john-ellis/
- I was blown away by Dalton Ridenhour's complete lack of pretention and even more his skill in ragtime, stride and New Orleans piano genres http://thejazzsession.com/2011/10/06/the-jazz-session-315-dalton-ridenhour/