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Jazzism 6.8
May 09, 2015 06:00 AM PDT
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A variance on a theme.

Duke Ellington famously said sometime ago, whatever the music is or is not..."it don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing". As true now as it was then.

The fact that music should be more than pretty background sounds but must somehow move us is not reserved only for Jazz circles.

Countless Blues musicians for generations knew... "you can't lose, if you choose the blues". Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions let it be known that not simply the music but the woman of their choosing..."gotta have soul". The Godfather of Funk, James Brown when asked by his ace partner Bobby Byrd, "what you gonna play now?"...James paused,reflected and quipped - "Bobby I don't know but whatever I play its got to be FUNKY". Mick and The Rolling Stones exclaimed..."I Know it's only Rock n' Roll, but I like it!"

So back to this swing many swing is a musical style but to me swing represents the concept that any and all music must have as a central ingredient that something, that magic that lifts the spirit and as I say moves you. Moves you to dance, moves you to sing, moves you smile or moves you to cry...that is the swing.

Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) 6.8 has THE ABILITY TO SWING....believe dat!!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jason Moran - "Ain't Misbehavin" (2014)
Marcus Miller - "Lonnie's Lament" (2001)
Don Byron - "Leopold, Leopold" (2004)
Donald Harrison & Christian Scott - "The Hook Up" (2010)
Patti Austin - "The Ability To Swing" (1994)
Hiromi - "Seeker" (2014)
Kenny Burrell - "In A Sentimental Mood" (2010)
Nicholas Payton - "Let It Ride" (2008)
Bill Evans Trio - "Come Rain or Come Shine" (1960)

Jazzism 5.8
April 20, 2015 05:42 PM PDT
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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, it is also the birth month of many Jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Bessie Smith, Charles Mingus and Duke (no wonder April is Jazz Appreciation Month).

But one Jazz Icon born in April stands out because on this April she would have been 100 years old. April 7th, 2015 marks the centennial of the one and only Billie Holiday.

So to celebrate 100 years of great art, this episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) is featuring "Lady Day" and the 3 things that made her life complete...Jazz, Love and the Blues.

Happy 100 Billie and may your star continue to rise.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Billie Holiday - "Please Don't Talk Me When I'm Gone" (1955)
Billie Holiday - "Comes Love" (1958)
Oscar Peterson - "Blues For Lisa" (1995)
Russell Gunn - "All Blues" (2007)
Billie Holiday - "Tenderly" (1946)
Roy Hargrove Big Band - "September In The Rain" (2009)
Lyle Mays - "Possible Straight" (1988)
Billie Holiday - "The Blues are Brewin'" (1946)
Geri Allen - "Black Bottom" (2004)
The Cookers - "U Phoria" (2010)
Billie Holiday - "I Must Have That Man" (1956)

Jazzism 4.8
March 24, 2015 03:03 PM PDT
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Well Jazzism fans... it has been awhile since my last episode and, for that I apologize!

Time and events got away from me and I hope you can find room in your heart to forgive. In an attempt to make up for the lost weeks - I have entitled episode 4.8 "My Shining Hour" partly because I've included a wonderful rendition of the Jazz classic of the same name performed by Cedar Walton, Javon Jackson, Christian McBride and Jimmy Cobb, and partly because I only get an hour weekly for his podcast so I'd better make it SHINE!!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Cedar Walton - "My Shining Hour" (2006)
Kurt Rosenwinkel - "Mr. Hope" (2012)
Yellowjackets - "Thank You" (2013)
Joshua Redman Quartet - "Alone In The Morning" (1994)
Dave Holland Sextet - "Pass It On" (2008)
Gregory Porter - "On My Way To Harlem" (2012)
Miles Davis - "Milestones" (1958)
Betty Carter - "Droppin' Things" (1990)
Stefon Harris/David Sanchez/Christian Scott - "Black Action Figure" (2011)

Jazzism 3.8
February 19, 2015 07:13 PM PST
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Time flies when you are having fun!

I realized today that I am now in my 8th year of producing, hosting, writing and posting this little podcast of mine. And where I may not have struck it big or made any money or gained any fame, Jazzism (a katzpheno mix)is my piece of the rock. I support and love Jazz Culture!

I get great pleasure in producing what I feel is the best damn Jazz music podcast on the internet and I always do my best to bring my listeners "Simply The Best That The World Has To Offer In Jazz Music". I have no plans to change.

I'll be here....every week or so with a new show and hopefully you all will be too. Thanks for the support over the years and if ya wanna make a donation....aaah who am I kidding I do it for love.

Enjoy this weeks episode and next week if ya come'll know where to find me.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Cyrus Chestnut - "The Brown Soldier" (2006)
Bob Belden & Peter Bernstein - "1999" (2005)
David Sanchez & Miguel Zenon - "Paz Pa Vieques" (2001)
Esperanza Spalding - "Ponta de Areia" (2008)
Eliane Elias - "Samba Triste" (2001)
The Earl Klugh Trio - "Insensatez" (1991)
Steven Santoro - "I'll Be Here" (2009)
Hank Jones - "I'll Be Around" (1978)
Donald Harrison - "A Night In Tunisia" (2002)
Maurice Brown - "Merry Go Round" (2010)

Jazzism 2.8
January 30, 2015 07:14 PM PST
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AMELIA in the daring young pilot and visionary.

The first female aviator to fly solo across the vast open sky over the Atlantic Ocean. Keep in mind folks, this was in 1928...air travel was not the commonplace function it is today. This girl was BOLD! Her groundbreaking accomplishment won her the US Armed Forces Distinguished Flying Cross one of just a handful of civilians to be so honored. BAM!

Of course anyone who knows anything about Amelia Earhart also knows that in 1937 during her even bolder attempt to fly solo around the globe, Amelia and her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

What does any of this have to do with Jazz Culture you ask...not sure, but the 1920's are considered to be part of the "Jazz Age" and Joni Mitchell, a great songwriter and Jazz musician in her own right...admired Amelia enough to write a beautiful song about her.

So...I was inspired to include a version of Joni's "Amelia" on this weeks podcast and name the show after it as well. And that's all I have to say about that!

Keep Flying High!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Charlie Hunter Quartet - "Rhythm Music Rides Again" (2001)
Pharoah Sanders - "Tomoki" (1996)
Marcus Miller - "Cee-Tee-Eye" (2012)
Greg Osby - "Channel Three" (2005)
Herbie Hancock featuring Luciana Souza - "Amelia" (2007)
Kenny Garrett - "Wiggins" (2012)
Al Jarreau - "All" (1978)
Hiromi - "Life Goes On" (2014)
Ravi Coltrane - "One Wheeler Will" (2007)

Jazzism 1.8
January 13, 2015 01:35 PM PST
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Considered a classic, a modern standard of the Jazz music repertoire, Wayne Shorter's composition "Footprints" is featured on this episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix). Deconstructed by violinist Regina Carter and veteran pianist Kenny Barron this version (featured on their duet CD "Freefall") will delight fans of the original piece.

That is just a "footprint" so to speak of the goodness this first podcast of 2015 has in store for "All You Young Jazz Lovers".

So kick off your shoes and lose those blues, as I bring you another installment of great jazz music.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Steve Khan - "Bye-Ya" (2011)
Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Christian Scott - "E'cha" (2011)
Jason Moran featuring Lisa E. Harris - "Ain't Misbehaving" (2014)
Kermit Ruffins - "Out Of Left Field" (1993)
Kenny Barron & Regina Carter - "Footprints" (2001)
Cecile McLorin Salvant - "Prelude/There's A Lull In My Life" (2013)
Dexter Gordon - "Confirmation" (1955)
Yellowjackets - "Why Is It" (2011)
The Stanley Clarke Band - "Last Train To Sanity" (2014)
Russell Gunn - "Love Requiem" (2008)

Jazzism 21.7
December 30, 2014 12:38 PM PST
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It's the dawning of a new year, the start of a celebration!

Look to tomorrow with hope and love in your heart and this mix will help the party start. It is a BIG BAND MASHUP just in time for your sophisticated New Years Eve Affair.

Chill the Champagne and raise your glasses, take a sip and drain 'em clean...we gonna keep this party flowing till 2015!

"If I don't see ya no more in this life, I'll see ya in the next...and don't be late!" - Jimi Hendrix


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kevin Mahogany - "It Don't Mean Thing" (2005)
Roy Hargrove Big Band - "September In The Rain" (2009)
Chaka Khan - "Hazel's Hips" (2004)
Charles Mingus - "Take The A Train" (1960)
Sammy Davis, Jr. - "In The Still Of The Night" (1963)
Stefon Harris - "Sunset and The Mockingbird" (2006)
Chris Botti - "Let's Fall In Love" (2004)
Nancy Wilson - "The Look Of Love" (1963)
Nat King Cole - "Thou Swell" (1960)
Miles Davis + 19 - "Springville"
Simone - "Love Me Or Leave Me" (2008)
Frank Sinatra - "Fly Me To The Moon" (1964)
Deborah Cox - "Blue Skies" (2007)
Count Basie & His Orchestra - "Lil Darlin'" (1958)
Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra - "Birk's Works" (1950)