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Jazzism 13.7
July 19, 2014 02:43 PM PDT
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The Jazz world has lost another one....but as always spirit is an eternal flame that no darkness can extinguish.

Charles Edward Haden (1937 -2014) Jazz Bassist & Composer - played a pivotal role in the development of the avant-garde or "free jazz" movement in the early 1960's having recorded with Ornette Coleman on the cannon shot that was the album "Shape of Jazz To Come" in 1959.

If his legacy ended with being an original member of The Ornette Coleman Quartet that would probably be enough but, as all young Jazz lovers know...the story did not end there!

I will admit I came to the awareness of Charlie Haden a bit late in the game but it is never too late to educate.

This is my tribute to a beautiful freedom fighter and a more beautiful musician.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Charlie Haden & Paul Motian - "Blues in Motian" (1987)
Ornette Coleman - "Congeniality" (1959)
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - "No Moon At All" (2010)
Joe Henderson - "Beatrice" (1987)
Pat Metheny/Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins - "Humpty Dumpty" (1983)
Abbey Lincoln - "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1991)
Ornette Coleman - "Law Years" (1971)
Charlie Haden & Paul Motain - "Dolphy's Dance" (1987)
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden - "One Day I'll Fly Away" (2010)

Jazzism 12.7
July 04, 2014 04:01 PM PDT
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Declare your independence!

Celebrate The Fourth of July with JAZZ - A True American Art Form.

Jazz Music, Made in America Loved Worldwide!

'Nuff Said,


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Joshua Redman - "East of The Sun" (2007)
Russell Gunn - "Eighty-One" (2007)
Charlie Hunter Quartet featuring Kurt Elling - "Desert Way" (2001)
Donald Harrison - "Dance Hall" (1996)
Nicholas Payton - "Sun Goddess" (1999)
Ravi Coltrane - "Away" (2005)
Sarah Vaughan - "Every Time We Say Goodbye" (1961)
Roots - "I Remember Eric Dolphy" (1992)
David Murray - "French Kiss For Valerie" (2013)

Jazzism 11.7
June 21, 2014 02:41 PM PDT
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Straight Outta Cape Verde!

The Jazz world celebrates one of it's shining stars, a composer, pianist and educator and the inventor of HARD BOP...Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva


Horace Silver passed away June 18th 2014, he left behind a legacy of pure musical genius and a career that spanned 50 years of recording, performing and mentoring.

Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) celebrates his legacy focusing on his most influential period from 1954 - 1966...Enjoy!!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


The Horace Silver Quartet

"Sister Sadie" (1959)
"The Natives Are Restless Tonight" (1964)
"The Jody Grind" (1966)
"Filthy McNasty" (1961)
"The Hippest Cat In Hollywood" (1996)
"Doodlin'" (1954)
"You Happened My Way" (1959)
"Senor Blues" (1956)

special guest:

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Come On Home" (1960)

Jazzism 10.7
May 30, 2014 03:47 PM PDT
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Life is like a blank canvas and you are the artist.

The events and emotions you experience throughout your day are the colors on your palate. Time is your brush. When your day is done...step away from your canvas and observe the painting of your day, you will either see a masterpiece or a mess.

So, if you are unhappy with what you have created with your experiences, emotions and time...don't worry, tomorrow will begin with another blank canvas, your eternal do over.

As you paint...keep this in mind -you don’t determine your life – you discover it.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix

Luciana Souza - "Chega de Saudade" (2003)
Dori Caymmi - "Irresistable" (1994)
Gregory Porter - "Painted On Canvas" (2012)
Joe Sample - "X Marks The Spot" (2002)
Donald Byrd - "Love's So Far Away" (1973)
Kenny Garrett - "2 Step" (1992)
Kermit Ruffins - "West Indies Jazz Dance" (1993)
Cassandra Wilson - "Never Broken" (1999)
Greg Osby - "Self Portrait In Three Colors" (2002)
Danilo Perez - "The Oracle" (2010)

Jazzism 9.7
May 11, 2014 05:54 PM PDT
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Happy Mother's Day - All You Young Jazz Mothers!

This episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is dedicated to my Mother, Lucille Ann Phoenix.

She took me from "crayons to cologne"..."diapers to diplomas"...and beyond, without where would I be...? (I shudder at the thought). So in honor of Lucille...I put together a playlist of her favs (and some more) to celebrate an era.

I love you Mommy and miss you deeply. Keep smiling down from heaven on the always "The Needle Pulls The Thread" my spirit is bound where you led.

Enjoy the mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Nancy Wilson - "Don't Rain On My Parade" (1964)
Oliver Nelson & His Orchestra - "Cool" (1963)
Sarah Vaughan - "Whatever Lola Wants" (1958)
Nat King Cole - "Almost Like Being In Love" (1954)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" (1963)
Gloria Lynne - "Joey, Joey, Joey" (1965)
Dinah Washington - "I Get A Kick Out Of You" (1955)
Nancy Wilson - "The Days Of Wine and Roses" (1963)
Eddie Jefferson & James Moody - "Disappointed" (1961)
Dionne Warwick - "Wives and Lovers" (1965)
Bill Henderson - "At Long Last Love" (1963)
Billie Holiday - "Comes Love" (1958)
Billy Eckstine - "In The Still Of The Night" (1961)
Johnny Mathis - "Fly Me To The Moon" (1956)
Abbey Lincoln - "I am In Love" (1958)
Nina Simone - "Chilly Winds Don't Blow" (1959)

Jazzism 8.7
April 27, 2014 04:39 PM PDT
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Sunday a day of rest and relaxation...the big exhale before the big ugly Monday.

So to make your Sunday just a bit sweeter, Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) has some mellow Jazz for your day of rest...thank GOD!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Sphere - "Isfahan" (1998)
Robert Glasper Trio - "59 South" (29)
Fred Hersch Trio - "You Are Everything" (2010)
Terence Blanchard - "You're A Sweetheart" (2001)
Abbey Lincoln - "Come Sunday" (1959)
Bobby Watson & Horizon - "Dream So Real" (1990)
Arnold McCuller - "When Your Life Was Low" (2002)
Roy Hargrove Big Band - "Roy Allan" (2009)
Stan Getz & The Eddie Sauter Orchestra - "A Summer Afternoon" (1961)