Monday, September 14, 2009

Hey Mr. Jesse podcast

I just finished listening to the latest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, "Hey Mr. Jesse!" and thought I should mention it because this month was another great show. The podcast is hosted by Jesse Miner and Manu Smith, (both San Francisco-based lindy hoppers and DJs), and features news, reviews, and interviews all focused on swing music and jazz for dancing. This month's show features an interview with pianist and band leader Gordon Webster, a feature about a Twin Cities big band called the Americana Jazz Orchestra, a run-down of new music that's great for dancing, and plenty of song recommendations, quips and banter.

To me, the musician interviews that Jesse lands are the best part of the show--it's SO interesting hearing the musicians' perspective about their work, their stories, and even just how their voices sound. Over the past 45 shows (45 shows! They've been podcasting since January of 2006!) they've talked with Ernestine Anderson, Barbara Morrison, Paul Tillotson, George Gee, Jonathan Stout, Dawn Hampton, Bernard Berkhout, Daniel Glass (the drummer from the Royal Crown Revue),...the list goes on...and even includes the legendary saxophonist Frank Foster (who played with the Count Basie Orchestra).

If you're not familiar with the podcast, I highly recommend checking it out. See their website or the podcast listing on iTunes.

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