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Jazzism 11.9
October 19, 2016 03:50 PM PDT
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Jazz music truly is the gift that keeps giving.

Every time I listen to a recording of one of my many favorite tunes, regardless how often I indulge, I always hear something new, I feel new emotions connected to that same old feeling. If I am fortunate enough to catch a live performance, as I did recently, the exchange between what's happening on stage and what's happening in the audience can be very moving. It reminds me that the exploration and improvisation, the immediacy of Jazz is a window into the creative process and that process is alive. The audience gives to the artist and the artist gives back, hence the gift that keeps giving. It is like meeting an old friend for the first time, over and over again and again.

In short Jazz music is fabulous!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Cecil McLorin Salvant - "John Henry" (2013)
Russell Gunn - "New New Blues" (2007)
Steve Khan - "Chronology" (2011)
Eddie Palmieri - "Habriendo el Dominate" (1997)
Billy Cobham & Asere - "Destinos" (2008)
Marcus Miller featuring Gretchen Parlato & Ruben Blades - "Setembro" (2012)
Harold Lopez-Nussa - "D' Una Fabula" (2016)
Kurt Elling featuring Ernie Watts - "Autumn Serenade" (2009)
David Sanchez - "Cultural Survival" (2008)

Jazzism 10.9
September 29, 2016 12:18 PM PDT
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I recall when my daughter was very young and taking piano lessons, my attempts to cultivate an appreciation in her for Jazz music did not fare so well. She was as most beginning students learning classical music.

Even into her adolescent years, as she transitioned from playing the piano to flute, Jazz still did not take. Her love of all things Pop had by this time completely taken over. Her biggest complaint about then about the music I was trying to introduce to her was, "...it's OK Daddy...but it doesn't have words."

Well at least she gave it an "OK" rating. If I had perhaps introduced her to the great vocalists first as opposed to the great instrumentalists, the lovebug of Jazz might have bit her.

Hey what can I say...parenting is more art than science. You learn by failing. Well, she is a well adjusted fully grown woman now and I am happy to report she has the beginnings of a true appreciation for "this music we so lovingly call Jazz". I asked her how'd that happen yet she can't explain why now - all of a sudden she "digs" Jazz.

Face it, some things like Jazz and the mysteries of fatherhod are just "Too Marvelous For Words".


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kamasi Washington - "Final Thought" (2015)
Medeski, Martin & Wood - "Riffin' Ed" (2009)
Christian Scott - "Jenacide" (2010)
Yellowjackets - "An Informed Decision" (2013)
Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Soul Talk" (2011)
Avi Rothbard Quartet - "JT's Blues" (1999)
Nat King Cole Trio - "Too Marvelous For Words" (1944)
Ravi Coltrane - "Klepto" (2012)
Geri Allen - "Lush Life" (2004)

Jazzism 9.9
August 23, 2016 01:49 PM PDT
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On August 15th, 2016 the Jazz world lost a great musician, a composer, a master of the Vibraphone and Marimba - Mr. Bobby Hutcherson.

This episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix} is a love poem to this one of a kind Jazz Icon. The show features some of his best loved compositions and highlights from my conversation with Jazz music journalist Eugene Holley, Jr. on the legacy of Bobby Hutcherson.

Enjoy this Song for Bobby H.

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Bobby Hutcherson - "Components" (1965)
Bobby Hutcherson - "Dark Side, Light Side" (1979)
Bobby Hutcherson - "Goin' Down South" (1971)
Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Percussion Shuffle" (2001)
Gregory Porter - "Free" (2013)
The Gene Harris Quartet - "Listen Here" (1989)
Bobby Hutcherson - "Somewhere" (2007)
Bebel Gilberto - "Night & Day" (2007)
Stefon Harris & Blackout - "The Aftermath" (2009)
Joey DeFrancesco & Bobby Hutcherson - "Little B's Poem" (2007)

Jazzism 8.9
July 02, 2016 10:36 AM PDT
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"Ever feel kinda down and out and you just don't know what to do? Spending all of your days in darkness? Let the sunshine through! You can call on Lady Day, you call on John Coltrane - because they'll wash you troubles away!" - Gil Scott-Heron (lyrics to "Lady Day & John Coltrane")

I have a case of the blues...call it Uptown Afterburn. I went "uptown" to party with good people in Washington at The DC Jazzfest and now that the party is over, I feel a little down and out, but the bluesman once said - if I never get well again, I have had my fun.

You should have some too...just call on some good Jazz music afterwards to see you through.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Benny Golson - "Uptown Afterburn" (2009)
Elijah Jamal Balbed - "Butch Warren" (2015)
Next Collective - "Africa" (2013)
Christian McBride featuring Ron Blake - "Aja" (2000)
Arnold McCuller - "When Your Life Was Low" (2002)
Fourplay - "Tally Ho!" (2002)
Carmen McRae - "Well You Needn't" (2001)
Allen Toussaint featuring Don Byron & Nicholas Payton - "Bright Mississippi" (2009)
McCoy Tyner featuring Derek Trucks - "Slapback Blues" (2008)

Jazzism 7.9
June 06, 2016 06:51 PM PDT
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3 quotes on joy;

"Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity." - Henri Nouwen

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If you are a chef, no matter how good a chef you are, it's not good cooking for yourself; the joy is in cooking for others - it's the same with music." - will.i.am

I just cooked up a good mix for you ...and especially for you!

Be Joyful,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


David Sanchez - "Joyful" (2001)
Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Mr. Hope" (2012)
Wayne Shorter - "Criancas" (1985)
Marcus Miller - "Lonnie's Lament" (2001)
Jamie Cullum - "Love For Sale" (2013)
Stanley Clarke - "Jerusalem" (2007)
Tony Williams - "Juicy Fruit" (1990)
Billy Childs featuring Susan Tedeschi - "Gibsom Street" (2014)
Pat Metheny - "Roofdogs" (2012)

Jazzism 6.9
May 14, 2016 03:38 PM PDT
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Fats Waller broke it down many years ago, he let the world know that if the party is strong, and the groove lasts all night long, it simply means "...the piano's thumping,the dancers are bumping, this here spot is more than hot in fact, joint is jumping!"

And so it is....Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) Volume 6.9 holds true to the rule. So - "...come in cats and check your hats, I mean this joint is jumping!"

Plenty of good music on this one plus a special treat from Prince....don't get much better, hotter or wetter!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jason Moran [featuring: Me'Shell N'degeocello] - "The Joint Is Jumping" (2014)
Esperanza Spalding - "Mela" (2008)
Prince - "The Other Side Of The Pillow" (2002)
Charlie Parker - "I Remember You" (1953)
Cyrus Chestnut [featuring: James Carter] - "The Journey" (1998)
Geri Allen [featuring: Dave Holland & Jack DeJohnette] - "LWB's House" (2004)
Joey DeFrancesco [featuring: Bobby Hutcherson] - "DeNeane's Dream" (2007)
Anne Walsh - "So It May Secretly Begin" (2009)
Christian McBride Trio - "My Favorite Things" (2013)
Stefon Harris & Blackout - "Minor March" (2009)

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)