Morgan James has a soulful voice. But although she has a classic sound, fed by by the likes of Chaka Khan, Nina Simone and Eva Cassidy, she has a modern career. Her path has been completely unexpected, unpredictable, and in some ways unbelievable.Read More
Author Peter Straub on jazz and fiction, improvisation and writing, how the past stays with us into the present, and how watching his Norwegian farmer relatives taught him how to write diligently.Read More
Ryan Keberle on the legacy of trombone players and arrangers, how the instrument is undergoing a revolution today, what being a side man taught him about listening, and why all improvised music is a form of protest.Read More
Drummer David Garibaldi on why Oakland is the funky side of the Bay, the work ethic of Tower of Power, the Garibaldi family recipe for happiness and longevity, and why the book is still being written when it comes to his legacy.Read More
Pianist, drummer, trumpeter, educator, blogger, George Colligan on “creativity versus tradition”, jazz education, how standup comedy and jazz are similar, kids these days, playing with Jack DeJohnette, and why freedom is the gift of being a jazz musician.Read More
Drummer turned entrepreneur Ryan Gruss on building one of the most creative music production libraries around (The Loop Loft), developing the “Blue Note of drum loops” and the unusual journey to took to get there.Read More
Recording and mix engineer Ryan Hewitt starting paying his dues in the business before he could even cash a check. He grew up surrounded by recording, assisting his father David Hewitt on mobile recordings, and eventually entering the business in earnest after college. He worked his way up in the old school way, assisting the best engineers of the day and working in the classic studios of New York.
His journey eventually led him to LA and then to Nashville, where we met to talk about his career, coming up in the tradition, forging new paths, working with new technology, developing his own sound, the value of producers, and when to take a steak of the grill.
Along the way we discuss working with Blink 182, Harry Connick Jr., Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Rick Rubin, John Frusciante, Brad Mehldau, and many more.
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