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Jazzism 2.12 - No Name
November 24, 2019 03:08 PM PST
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In 1986 saxophonist Branford Marsalis released an album he titled "Royal Garden Blues". The album was well recieved and reviewed and helped solidify Branford as a musician to be rekoned with, one of my favorite tracks on the album is an original written by Branford entitled "Emanon". I recall reading or hearing somewhere that Branford titled it Emanon as an inside joke...when he couldn't think of a name for the tune, he flipped the words no and name and came up with eman on (emanon), which is no name spelled backwards.

I have flipped the script on this podcast and I am back in the groove.

Enjoy The Mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Christian McBride & Inside Straight - "Brother Mister" (2009)
Jason Moran (featuring: Lisa E. Harris) - "Honeysuckle Rose" (2014)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - "I'm Not So Sure" (2008)
Pat Metheny - "Breakdealer" (2012)
Geri Allen - "Baby, I Need Your Loving" (2013)
Victor Wooten - "Ari's Eyes" (2005)
Kenny Garrett - "Books & Toys" (1992)
Chantale Gagne - "The Light We Need" (2010)
Jose James - "Nola" (2008)
Branford Marsalis - "Emanon" (1986)
Yellowjackets - "Rosemary" (2011)

Jazzism 1.12 - Butterfly
March 11, 2019 04:53 PM PDT
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Once again....it's on!

The Winter solstice has passed and the Spring equinox is approaching. Time for me to emerge from my cocoon and display To All You Young Jazz Lovers a mix of beautiful colors.

Spread your wings,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Billy Childs - Backwards Bop (2017)
Steve Khan - Blues Connotation (2011)
Christian Scott - Jenacide (2010)
The Rongetz Foundation featuring Renee Neuville - Eunice K (2012)
Ahmad Jamal - Autumn Rain (2012)
Regina Carter - Love Theme From Spartacus (2000)
Wayne Shorter - Angola (2003)
Herlin Riley - New Direction (2016)
Jose James - Love (2008)
Herbie Hancock - Butterfly (1974)
Ravi Coltrane - Angular Realms (2005)

Jazzism 7.11 - Songs In The Key Of Roy
November 16, 2018 12:21 PM PST
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On November 2nd, 2018 the Jazz world lost its Crown Prince...the one and only Roy Anthony Hargrove.

I fell in love with Roy's musical approach the first time I heard him blow. I was introduced to his music by a good friend through a recording...Roy's 1992 CD release "The Vibe". The music was hip yet still solidly in the Jazz tradition, a little Hard Bop, a little Post Bop...100% beautiful.

This episode is all about Roy,

Long Live The King!

- Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix

Roy Hargrove - Proclamation (1989)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - Re-Evaluation (1993)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - To Wisdom The Prize (2008)
Roy Hargrove - Caryisms (1992)
Roy Hargrove - Spiritual Companion (1990)
2017 Interview Excerpt - "How I Got Started"
Roy Hargrove - Trust (2006)

Roy Hargrove & Antonio Hart - Straight, No Chaser (1991)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet featuring Joe Henderson - Shade Of Jade (1994)
Roy Hargrove - Pinocchio (1992)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - For Rockelle (1993)
2017 Interview Excerpt - "Know The Language"
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - Strasbourg/St. Denis (2008)
Roy Hargrove - Lada (1990)
Roy Hargrove's Crisol - Ballad For The Children (1997)
Roy Hargrove's Crisol - Una Mas (1997)
Roy Hargrove Big Band - September In The Rain (2009)
2017 Interview Excerpt - "Integrity"
Roy Hargrove - Moment To Moment (2000)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - The Stinger (2008)
Roy Hargrove - A New Joy (1989)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - Mr. Clean (2008)
Roy Hargrove - Alter Ego (1992)
2017 Interview Excerpt - "I Play To Honor GOD"
Marcus Miller featuring Roy Hargrove - Amandla (2010)

Jazzism 6.11 - Along Came Betty
November 02, 2018 04:25 PM PDT
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Along Came Betty is a Jazz standard written by tenor saxophonist Benny Golson.

Benny wrote the song as a tribute to vocalist Betty Carter and it was originally performed by Benny while he was a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. The song was also famously recorded in 1959 on the Blue Note Records label for Jazz Messengers legendary "Moanin" album.

The song is this weeks podcasts title track and is performed by Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band. As all young Jazz Lovers know, Jerry Gonzalez died in a tragic fire at his home in Spain. The Jazz world has lost a great pioneer of Jazz and in particular a front runner in Latin Jazz. Jerry was one of a kind and the Jazz world has lost another warrior.

Boricua Forever!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Ravi Coltrane - Klepto (2012)
Gregory Porter - Lonesome Lover (2013)
Christian Scott - Alkebu Lan (2012)
Anat Cohen - Lilia (2015)
James Farm - 1981 (2012)
Bobby Hutcherson - I Don't Know Why (1994)
Anne Walsh - So It May Secretly Begin (2009)
Chick Corea - Love Castle (1976)
Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band - Along Came Betty (2005)
Jerry Gonzalez & El Comando De La Clave - Someday My Prints Will Come (Back From The FBI) (2011)

Jazzism 5.11 - Latin For Travelers
September 22, 2018 12:25 PM PDT
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Que Pasa?

National Hispanic Heritage Month has arrived!

Every year from September 15th to October 15th, since 1968, Americans have celebrated the power, beauty and importance of Hispanic peoples and their cultural contributions to the world.

On this episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) I join the party with an emphasis on Jazz music with what Jelly Roll Morton called "a Spanish tinge". That's right the Hispanic influence has been an integral part of Jazz since it's inception. Due largely in part because of it's birthplace in the major port city of New Orleans. The innovators of this music we so lovingly call Jazz interacted with the travelers and merchants from Cuba and South America and picked up those musical cues.

Larga vida la musica de Jazz!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kenny Garrett - Laviso, I Bon? (2012)
Charlie Hunter - Latin For Travelers (2016)
Al DiMeola - Hypnose (2006)
Herbie hancock featuring CeU - Tempo de Amor (2010)
Donald Harrison - Septembro (1996)
Harold Lopez-Nusa - Lobo's Cha (2016)
Soil & Pimp Sessions - A Decade (2011)
Terence Blanchard - On The Verge (2003)
Eric Reed - Sun Out (2011)
Willie Bobo - Dindi (1971)
Ben Williams - Strength & Beauty (2015)

Jazzism 4.11 - Tailor Made
July 05, 2018 04:50 PM PDT
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There was a time when people truly believed in the statement, clothes make the man or as Shakespeare put it - "apparel oft proclaims the man." The epitome for a well dressed man was to put on a tailor made suit.

It is true that humans judge one another constantly, and how one adorns themselves says (to the observer) something about the person wearing the adornment. Dirty old clothes suggest a low station in life, whereas clean new clothes suggest the opposite.

Pride of dress was once very important in the African American community. A community that was often oppressed and placed under limitations, sought ways to change the narrative. The elders of these communities knew that the stereotypes and perceptions of outsiders were not accurate, those negative ideas did not represent who we are as a people. The most immediate way to refute those stereotypes was to show the outside world a different reflection. Present the naysayers your prettiest dress, your starched collar and shined shoes, step out in your "Sunday Best".

Times have changed and people of all station and all communities, dress overly casual. The new saying is "I Woke Up Like This" ( the statement is supposed to be ironic an attractive woman will take a selfie and comment below, "I woke up like this" ), however when you see most people in public these days that is exactly what they look like...rolled out of bed...and woke up like this!

Too many times have I encountered a slob disguised as a human wearing a wrinkled tee shirt, pajama pants and slippers at Wal Mart, acting like they strolling around aimlessly in the privacy of their home as opposed to being in the public eye. Gross!

Well I may not have a tailor made suit to wear as my "Sunday Best" but I can make an effort as we all should to make the man/woman known in our choice of dress...besides when you look good you feel good and feeling good matters!

Enjoy the mix,

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Herlin Riley - Tutti Ma (2016)
Wallace Roney - Vater Time (2007)
Lizz Wright - Walk With Me Lord (2003)
Herbie Hancock - Here Comes De Honey Man (1998)
Russell Gunn - Tutu (2007)
The Roy Hargrove Quintet - To Wisdom The Prize (2008)
Jose James - The Dreamer (2008)
Branford Marsalis - Emanon (1986)
Tia Fuller - Tailor Made (2012)

Jazzism 3.11 - The Connection
May 27, 2018 04:37 PM PDT
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There was the French Connection and The Mothership Connection....call this The Jazzism Connection. A place where like minded Jazz afficiandos can come to get their "Jazz On".

This trip is free and it is good for the mind, body and soul. So get connected and have your jazz-like mind re-directed as only Katzpheno can!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Kenny Burrell - Mark 1 (2010)
Geri Allen - The Life Of A Song (2004)
SFJazz Collective - Lingala (2005)
Max Mutzke - Empire State Of Mind (2012)
John Blake - Ice Angel (1992)
Roberta Gambarini - That Old Devil Moon (2009)
Ahmad Jamal - Autumn Rain (2012)
Maurice Brown - The Connection (2010)
James Carter - Dodo's Bounce (2008)

Jazzism 2.11 - Montara
May 11, 2018 11:43 AM PDT
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In 1975 while contracted with Blue Note Records, Bobby Hutcherson recorded an album of soul drenched, groove filled Jazz, accented with Latin flavors that stand as one of his best most beloved recordings. He called it "Montara".

On this episode of Jazzism (a katzpheno mix) I feature a 2014 recording of "Montara" which features Bobby Hutcherson along with David Sanborn on tenor sax, Joey DeFrancesco on organ and Billy Hart on drums. The track was featured on Bobby Hutcherson's final album release - "Enjoy The View".

I realized while I was putting together the playlist that Montara a beach community in San Mateo County in California is the place Bobby Hutcherson called home and where he spent his final days.

Montara remains one of his most beloved compositions and the 1975 recording has been sampled extensively by hip hop heads and DJ for years. Do they know the level of Jazz Royalty they are mixing and sampling? Doubtful...but nonetheless the groove like Bobby Hutcherson's legacy...and Jazz music lives on.

Enjoy The View!

Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Stefon Harris, David Sanchez & Christian Scott - Nengueleru (2011)
Ravi Coltrane - One Wheeler Will (2007)
Kamasi Washington - Re Run Home (2015)
Next Collective - Africa (2013)
Bobby Hutcherson - Montara (2014)
Stevie Wonder - Seems So Long (1972)
Gretchen Parlato - All That I Can Say (2011)
Nicholas Payton - Faith (1999)
Pat Metheny Unity Band - Roofdogs (2012)

Jazzism 1.11 - The Hook Up
April 22, 2018 11:46 AM PDT
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Gather around all you young jazz lovers!

Come check out the deal of the century, yes - that's right I got THE HOOK UP!!

No need to keep you eye on the red card...this deal ain't that hard. Just your chance to enjoy the best damn jazz music podcast on the planet...for free!!

4G speed on an unlimited plan - I got the mic in my hand...spreading the good jazz word across the land.

Jazzism is the bomb!


Brian "Katzpheno" Phoenix


Chris Greene Quartet - The Missing Part (2014)
Bobby McFerrin featuring Chick Corea - Invocation (2002)
Wallace Roney - Inflorescent (2007)
Dianne Reeves - I've Got My Eyes On You (2005)
Kenny Garrett - Ja-Hed (1990)
Donald Harrison & Christian Scott - The Hook Up (2010)
Jon & Judith Hendricks - Stardust (1990)
Charlie Hunter Trio - Freedom Tickler (2004)
Chantale Gange - Wisdom Of The Water (2010)