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Jazzism 7.7
April 06, 2014 02:48 PM PDT
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This month we gonna take you on a HIGHER VIBE....all month long because this month is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Established in 2001 by John Edward Hasse, PhD - curator of The Smithsonian Institute National Museum of American History, Jazz Appreciation Month was created to be an annual event that would pay tribute to jazz as both a living and as a historic music. Schools, organizations, and governments, celebrate JAM with events ranging from free concerts to educational programs. The first JAM celebration was made possible through funding provided by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

So...get on this vibe and put more Jazz in your life! Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is a great place to begin!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Yellowjackets - "Tenacity" (2011)
The Cookers - "Priestess" (2010)
Kurt Elling - "Higher Vibe" (2003)
Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Homage a' Mitch" (2012)
Billy Childs - "Hand Picked Rose of a Fading Dream" (1991)
David Sanchez - "Prince of Darkness" (2001)
Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Run For It" (2001)
Branford Marsalis featuring Wynton Marsalis - "Laughing & Talking (2003)

Jazzism 6.7
March 16, 2014 02:26 PM PDT
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"Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination..."

Not to say it isn't is all about perception, "...want to change the world, there is nothing to it!"

Just Believe!

This is not "escape - ism" is the world of JAZZISM!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Stefon Harris/David Sanchez/Christian Scott - "Nengueleru" (2011)
Chick Corea & Origin - "Little Flamenco" (1999)
John Abercrombie Quartet - "Out of Towner" (2009)
Nicholas Payton - "Pleasant Dreams" (1999)
David Sanborn - "Poinciana" (2005)
Jamie Cullum - "Pure Imagination" (2013)
Dianne Reeves - "Love For Sale" (1990)
Miles Davis Quintet - "Freedom Jazz Dance" (1967)
Joshua Redman - "Un Peu Fou" (2009)
Maurice Brown - "The Cycle of Love" (2010)

Jazzism 5.7
February 28, 2014 05:29 PM PST
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I looked at the calendar and guess what...only 20 more days and Winter is over!

Done, finished, kaput!

Yeah, right!

Hang in there friends soon just like the caterpillar in it's cocoon you will transform into a spring loving butterfly! Till then, enjoy the mix!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kenny Garrett - "Wiggins" (2012)
Steve Khan - "Bye-Ya" (2011)
Kevin Eubanks - "Spider Monkey Café" (2010)
Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Long Time Ago" (2007)
Terence Blanchard - "Transform" (2003)
Abdullah Ibrahim - "Bombella" (1983)
Al Jarreau - "Susan's Song" (1975)
Aaron Parks - "Travelers" (2008)
Don Byron - "Leopold, Leopold" (2004)

Jazzism 4.7
February 17, 2014 12:57 PM PST
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Anyone besides me got the post- Valentines Day's Blues?

You know that... is this all there is feeling?

Why is love so complex? It reminds me of that Paul Simon tune...

"They've got a wall in china
It's a thousand miles long
To keep out the foreigners they made it strong
And I've got a wall around me
That you can't even see
It took a little time
To get next to me

When something goes wrong
I'm the first to admit it
I'm the first to admit it
And the last one to know
When something goes right
Well it's likely to lose me,
It's apt to confuse me
Because it's such an unusual sight
Oh, I can't get used to something so right"

Something or someone so RIGHT should be as Cole Porter once wrote..."EASY TO LOVE" but people seem to always go out of their way to make it difficult...I guess it is hard to get used to something so right in a world so full of wrong.

By now all you young Jazz lovers should know my remedy....the cure dear ones is in song, fast or slow, short or long...with Jazz music you can never go wrong.

Jazz (unlike some people) is so EASY TO LOVE!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Vijay Iyer Trio - "Galang" (2009)
Terri Lyne Carrington - "Mosaic Triad" (2011)
Greg Osby - "Whirlwind Soldier" (2003)
Charles Fambrough - "The Dreamer" (1991)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - (1962)
Jazzmeia Horn - "Easy To Love" (2013)
Ravi Coltrane - "Angular Realms" (2005)
Christian Scott - "Suicide" (2005)
Gregory Porter - "Lonesome Lover" (2013)
Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Mitch Better Have My Bunny" (2001)

Jazzism 3.7
February 06, 2014 02:51 PM PST
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February is Black History Month here in the United States and in celebration, I have put together a peek at the importance of Blues music on Jazz culture.

Jazz and the Blues go together like peanut butter and jelly, yet most modernist have shied away from the blues sound in their music. It is more likely that you will hear R&B or Hip-Hop influences in modern Jazz then you will the Blues. However, that does nothing to diminish the importance of the merging of these two distinct African-American musical contributions. In fact you could say if it weren't for the blues you may have seen Jazz fade away, just as it was beginning.

No matter how you look at it, two halves of the same coin or brothers from different mothers, know this; in Jazz "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing", and "you cant lose if you choose the blues"!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Allen Toussaint - "Bright Mississippi" (2009)
Russell Gunn - "New New Blues" (2007)
Joe Williams & Marlena Shaw - "Baby, You Got What It Takes" (1989)
McCoy Tyner & Derek Trucks - "Slapback Blues" (2008)
Dizzy Gillespie & Sonny Rollins - "Sumphin'" (1957)
Jason Moran - "Blue Blocks" (2010)
Shirley Horn - "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" (1991)
Louis Armstrong - "Lazy River" (1931)
Jon Hendricks & Judith Hendricks - "Stardust" (1990)
Sidney Bechet - "Blue Horizon" (1944)
Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Cynda Williams - "Harlem Blues" (1990)

Jazzism 2.7
January 25, 2014 08:34 PM PST
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A new day is dawning....rise up singing!

I find more and more I enjoy the start of a new day, much more so than I used to. There was a time in my life when I would dread the alarm clock's warning. Back then I just knew the pending day and it's routine would not be good...sleep was better! Dreams were better! Almost anything was better than waking up to another day just to..."go make the donuts".

Remember the old Dunkin Donuts commercial with Fred the Baker..."time to make the donuts"...that is how I felt. Caught in the loop! Then suddenly I had a change of perception. I heard it said that when your perceptions change, the thing you are looking at changes (believe it or not this statement has scientific proof behind it).

As my perception about my routine/life changed, I began to understand that the new day was just simply that...a new day! It is not about the donuts but about a fresh start! If poor old Fred could get up everyday, in the rain, snow, and dead of night to make someone fresh donuts...I could get up everyday and make the DAY fresh for me, f**k the donuts! It's not about the donuts - it's about the FRESHNESS!

So now when the alarm bell rings...I smile, because I know It's a new day, it's a do-over! Today is here and it is so fresh and oh so your can fly!

Enjoy the new mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Donald Harrison - "Well You Needn't" (2004)
Maurice Brown - "Time Tick Tock" (2010)
Lizz Wright - "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly" (2003)
Dave Holland Sextet - "Pass It On" (2008)
Bobby Hutcherson - "Components" (1965)
Benny Golson - "Airegin" (2009)
Kevin Mahogany - "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" (1997)
Tia Fuller - "Decisive Steps" (2010)
David Murray - "French Kiss For Valerie" (2013)

Jazzism 1.7
January 17, 2014 11:32 AM PST
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Uptown, downtown...all around the town, people have one thing in common they love the pure Jazz sound!

And I love bringing it to 'em!

2014 - Ready, Set...Flow! Flow into life, flow into love, flow into all the good things you have been dreaming of, this is the year to do it. Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is ready to go with you wherever your flow may lead...mobilized on a variety of apps...including of course The New PODOMATIC APP & directly in iTunes for iPhone as well as BeyondPod & Stitcher just to name a few for Android devices (visit the Google Playstore)...

So stop procrastinating and get busy and...take me with you!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Esperanza Spalding - "Mela" (2008)
The Jaleel Shaw Quintet - "Fourth Floor" (1999)
Yusef Lateef - "Nubian Lady" (1972)
Marcus Miller - "Slippin' Into Darkness" (2012)
Zachary Breaux - "Uptown Groove" (1997)
Brother Jack McDuff - "It Ain't Necessarily So" (1964)
Bilal & Terence Blanchard - "When Will You Call" (2009)
James Farm - "1981" (2012)
Nicholas Payton - "Beyond The Stars" (1999)