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Jazzism 5.9
April 17, 2016 05:51 PM PDT
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"Ask and it will be given unto you, seek and ye shall find,knock and the door will be opened to you." - Matt 7:7

This simple verse sums up my life as a seeker. I define a seeker as one who desires a better understanding of the mysteries of GOD.

I love this verse because it is direct in its approach. The verse tells you to ask for what you want (via the means of prayer), it implores you to stay in the light, because as we know from experience you can't find what you are seeking in the dark, and lastly to knock to gain entry to the kingdom. Three very simple direct action items;ask-seek-knock.

How does this apply to my podcast?

I ASK that you listen to the show without prejudice, that you SEEK out the music presented and make it part of your personal music collection, and in return I promise to keep Jazzism rockin' till the cops come KNOCKIN'!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jacky Terrasson - "Parisian Thoroughfare" (2003)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - "The Stinger" (2008)
Mack Avenue Superband - "Preach Hank" (2016)
Gregory Porter - "Work Song" (2012)
Jimmy Smith - "The Cat" (1964)
Roots - "Night Train" (1993)
Hiromi - "Seeker" (2014)
Herbie Hancock & Tina Turner - "Edith & The Kingpin" (2007)
Steve Khan - "When She's Not Here" (2011)

Jazzism 4.9
March 31, 2016 05:56 PM PDT
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On this episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) we celebrate April!

April as "All Young Jazz Lovers" should know is Jazz Appreciation Month in the USA, as designated by The Smithsonian Institute way back in 2002. Well, naturally every month around the Phoenix Household is Jazz Appreciation Month but it is nice that an organization as fine and reputable as The Smithsonian recognizes Jazz too.

Some big doings in the Nation's Capital and all over these great United States this month to celebrate our wonderful Jazz heritage. As the Smithsonian JAM slogan says..."Jazz Born In America. Enjoyed Worldwide" To learn more about JAM Events visit www.americanhistory.si.edu and click the link for JAM 2016

Keep Jazzin',

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Branford Marsalis Quartet - "Jabberwocky" (2009)
Terence Blanchard - "A New Note/A New World" (2009)
Eddie Henderson - "Jinnriksha" (1995)
Ahmad Jamal - "Invitation" (2012)
Cecil McLorin Salvant - "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (2013)
Miles Davis - "Milestones" (1958)
Miles Davis - "Jean Pierre" (1982)
Toto - "Maiden Voyage / Butterfly" (2002)
Andy Bey - "Dedicated To Miles" (2013)

Jazzism 3.9
February 26, 2016 12:46 PM PST
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Go west young man...or in the case southwest to Texas...Houston, that is.

Houston, TX is known for many things, rodeo, NASA, The Astrodome, great barbecue, tex-mex and music.

Country, Gospel, Blues and Jazz all have their roots in The Bayou City. And since the mission of this podcast is to celebrate and uplift Jazz culture, I in turn celebrate and uplift Houston. On this episode I feature Jazz artists from Houston's near past and its present, all in an attempt to correct the foolish and erroneous remark I once made to a known Houston Jazz aficionado..."Face it", I said "Houston is NOT a Jazz town".

Yeah, right!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kashmere Stage Band - "Super Strut" (1974)
Ronnie Laws - "Let's Keep It Together" (1976)
Hubert Laws - "Fire & Rain" (1970)
Eric Harland [featuring: Walter Smith III] - "Anjou" (2014)
Robert Glasper Trio - "No Worries" (2009)
The Cookers [featuring: Billy Harper] - "The Core" (2010)
The Jazz Crusaders - "The Emperor" (1968)
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - "Cleanhead Blues" (1973)
Jason Moran - "Blue Blocks" (2010)

Jazzism 2.9
February 13, 2016 08:21 PM PST
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In 1974,"...back in the day when things was cool - all we needed was fa fa fa fa fa faa da ...and we would ride around the park till it's after dark, pumping the funk with the windows rolled up...puff". - Erykah Badu

There was this powerhouse band named Earth, Wind & Fire led by this dude named Maurice White and they rocked Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk, Pop, Brazilian... you name it! About Maurice, well...he's not around anymore but his legacy will never fade. I open the show with a song he composed and was featured on their groundbreaking 1974 album "Open Our Eyes".

All I ask is that you in return open your ears.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Earth, Wind & Fire - "Spasmodic Moments" (1974)
Ravi Coltrane - "Klepto" (2012)
The Cookers - "The Preistess" (2010)
Danny Gatton - "One For Lenny" (1992)
Christian Scott - "Jenacide" (2010)
Dianne Reeves - "I've Got My Eyes On You" (2005)
David Murray - "French Kiss For Valerie" (2013)
Michael Franks - "Jive" (1975)
Geri Allen - "The Life Of A Song" (2004)
Stefon Harris - "March Of The Angels" (2003)

Jazzism 1.9
January 28, 2016 09:54 AM PST
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As anyone who follows my podcast knows, Jazz music holds a sacred place in my life. I treasure this music. Music created by African Americans as a fusion of things past & present formed into something completely new and unique to the voice of a people. Exactly how and where the origin of this music came from is debated my belief is that it conjured out of A Secret Place.

Jazz represents a precious contribution from deep within African American culture to the entire known world. Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is my humble offering to acknowledge our legacy and continue a celebration of African American life in particular and Jazz culture in general.

So without further ado...let the celebration continue with the first installment of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) of 2016...the best is yet to come, enjoy!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kenny Garrett - "Wiggins" (2012)
Maurice Brown - "Time Tick Tock" (2010)
Orrin Evans - "A Secret Place" (2015)
Vinx & Cassandra Wilson - "I Will Always Care" (1993)
James Farm - "1981" (2012)
Steve Khan - "Blues Connotation" (2011)
The Emotions - "Spirit Of Summer" (1978)
John McLaughlin - "Off The One" (2008)
Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea - "Invocation" (2002)

Jazzism 12.8
October 30, 2015 03:43 PM PDT
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"Spirit say don't give up, yes it's time to stop your falling - you been down long enough. Can't you hear the spirits calling, yes it's the spirit, can't you hear it calling your name?" - Gil Scott-Heron (Don't Give Up - 1994)

Might just require a bit of tenacity.

Stick with it, don't give up and in those dark moments when the stress gets to be a little too much...remember this "Keep Jazz In Your Life, Not Strife And Everything Will Be Alright!"

Dig the mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Adonis Rose - "Gingerbread Boy" (2007)
Jason Moran featuring Lisa E. Harris - "Honeysuckle Rose" (2014)
James Carter - "Dodo's Bounce" (2008)
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band - "Earth Dance" (2001)
Yellowjackets - "Tenacity" (2011)
Andy Bey - "Midnight Blue" (1998)
Earl Klugh - "Alicia" (1978)
Geri Allen/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette - "The Experimental Movement" (2004)
Nicholas Payton - "Fleur De Lis" (2008)

Jazzism 11.8
October 08, 2015 01:43 PM PDT
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"Ride or Die" has become a very popular theme lately.

It is used to express the sentiment that your partner or companion will be there through "whatever". A friend is considered ride or die if they are willing to go to ride with you or die with you...whichever comes first I guess. We are talking a deep level of commitment here!

I think the saying was born out the biker culture and later adopted by hip hop culture and although it is essentially about loyalty it is also about some negativity. It seems to me to have a "thick as thieves" connotation, an acknowledgement that we are in this dirt together...so either you ride with me or you die.

I would like to offer a more positive spin on the whole ride or die thang, ride with the spiritual or die with the natural. We all have a spiritual companion we can tap into...some call it Jesus, some Buddha, some Muhammad but whatever it is named - one thing remains true, this spiritual ride or die companion is the best kind you'll ever find.

You can also ride with Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) everywhere you go..and you don't have to be willing to die over it...IMJS.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Russell Gunn - "Eighty One" (2007)
Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Mitch Better Have My Bunny" (2001)
Regina Carter - "Don't Mess With Mr. T" (2000)
Hiromi - "Dreamer" (2014)
Roy Hargrove - "Spiritual Companion" (1990)
Robert Glasper Trio featuring Bilal - "Maiden Voyage" (2004)
Al Jarreau - "Brite and Sunny Babe" (1978)
Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Gretchen Parlato - "Michelle" (2011)
Danilo Perez - "The Oracle" (2010)