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Jazzism 9.8
July 15, 2015 06:45 PM PDT
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A classic Gershwin tune written for his 1934 Opera "Porgy and Bess", a staple of the American theater. Overtime the song "Summertime" has surrpassed the Opera, becoming a standard of Jazz and Pop music. On this episode of Jazzzism (a katzpheno mix) the piece is performed by Greg Osby, Nicholas Payton, Harold O'Neil, Robert Hurst and Rodney Green and it is working!!

It is also (if you hadn't noticed) summertime in the city, and it is sho' nuff hot out there people so keep it cool with plenty of fluids, shade and Jazz.

I'll have another tall glass of Jazzism...thanks!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


John McLaughlin - "Off The One" (2008)
Incognito - "She Wears Black" (1996)
Anne Walsh - "So It May Secretly Begin" (2009)
Greg Osby - "Summertime" (2003)
Aaron Parks - "Afterglow" (2008)
Kenny Garrett - "Song For DiFang" (2002)
Kevin Mahogany - "Fix It In The Mix" (1997)
Nathan Davis - "B's Blues" (1966)
Dave Holland Sextet - "Pass It On" (2008)

Jazzism 8.8
June 28, 2015 07:12 PM PDT
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Call it the old school way to network, call it word of mouth.

The oral tradition was the original direct marketing campaign. The bible evens says something about when 2 or more are gathered in my name...get folks talking and agreeing and you can start a revolution.

I am depending on a good report, a word from the brethren and sistren about this little podcast of mine. Spread the word about what you heard...this is the best damn Jazz music podcast...I produce. No joke, I am proud of this humble offering and if you dig it too...go tell it on the mountain. You can't deny the power of Word Of Mouth. Together we can start a Jazz revolution!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Jaco Pastorius Big Band - "Blackbird/Word of Mouth" (2006)
Roy Hargrove Big Band - "Roy Allan" (2009)
Anthony Braxton - "You Go To My Head" (2005)
Dee Dee Bridgwater - "Lost In The Stars" (2004)
Tony Williams - "Angel Street" (1988)
Cyrus Chestnut - "Pocket Full of Blues" (2014)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - "Beginnings" (1976)
John Scofield - "Sticks and Stones" (2005)
Yellowjackets - "Can't We Elope" (2013)

Jazzism 7.8
June 11, 2015 06:46 PM PDT
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I like the phrase "walk with me" it denotes harmony, movement in unison to a goal unseen.

You know you have a good friend when you say..."walk with me" and there is no hesitation. A good friend says "OK"...or starts walking with you at your pace, no "where we going" or "naw, I'm tired" or "Hey let's run instead".

I think that's why people are drawn to dogs...when you say "come on boy let's go for a walk"...the dog obeys (usually, if it is a good dog).

I don't have a particular reason for writing about this idea and it doesn't really relate to Jazz in any way...maybe musicians playing together...in harmony and unison on a musical journey...I guess. I just like the phrase and it is also the title of a song featured on the podcast by Marc Cary...that's all.

So...if you don't mind, walk with me and listen to this weeks episode of Jazzism ( a katzpheno mix), thanks.


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Wayne Shorter - "Angola" (2003)
Pat Metheny - "Leaving Town" (2012)
Marc Cary - "Walk With Me" (2006)
Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Nona Hendryx - "Transformation" (2011)
Miles Davis - "Portia" (1986)
Greg Howe - "Extraction" (2003)
Philip Bailey - "Red Clay" (2002)
George Benson - "Take Five" (1974)
Terence Blanchard - "Sidney" (2000)

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 thing...to 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 Ellington...wow (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 looking...you'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)