THE MUSICAL UNIVERSE OF PROFESSOR HURSTJan 26, 2021
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE, interview with New York City based jazz singer Lucy Yeghiazaryan!
Lucy is an amazing singer who appears with numerous bands and other artist in New York. She presents songs that she hope will unify people. I loved her response to my question of how do you choose a standard to sing (you will have to listen to the podcast to find out the answer!!!!)
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR, interview with Erik Sanden of the San Antonio based art rock band Buttercup.
Erik Sanden of the band Buttercup is a man on a mission. The band creates artistic, expressive and thought provoking music, while also having a great deal of fun in their music making. Erik and I have a wonderful discussion that you will not want to miss!!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE, interview with New York City based jazz trumpet player David Adewumi.
Dave is a busy performer playing with a number of New York City big bands and recording with the likes of Dave Douglas. We have a great discussion (as only two trumpet players could do) and you will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-TWO, interview with Nashville based Americana/Country singer/songwriter Mike Thomas
Mike Thomas' most recent release Diamonds is a wonderful collection of songs close to Mike's heart. We have a wonderful discussion about the new album, his songwriting craft and music making. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE, interview with singer/songwriter Tony Rose.
Born in Scotland, Tony Rose now lives and works in the Czech Republic and Germany. He has an extensive resume of work as an accomplished singer, songwriter and band leader. We have a first rate talk about his career and insights he has about music and songwriting. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTY, interview with New York City based saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff.
Quinsin Nachoff has has carved out a unique career exploring the connection between the twin worlds of jazz and classical music, in a city that is equally renowned for both. His work as a saxophonist and composer is exemplary and noteworthy. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE, interview with Blues harmonica extrodinaire of the The Cash Box Kings, Joe Nosek
Joe Nosek has been leading or co-leading blues bands for over twenty years. His current band The Cash Box Kings he co-leads with Oscar Wilson, is burning up with hot, fun, old school Chicago Blues!! The Cash Box Kings recently released their eleventh album OSCAR'S MOTEL which we discuss in Joe's interview. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-EIGHT, interview with Nashville based singer/songwriter Sully Bright
Sully Bright is in his last year at Belmont University in Nashville majoring in songwriting. He is however not waiting until after he gets his degree to put out his first album. Sully's first album Darling Wake Up is set for release in just three days. We have a great chat about the songs on the new album, and Sully's craft of songwriting. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SEVEN, interview with Chicago, Illinois based trumpet player Zachary Finnigan.
In addition to touring with Michael Buble, Zach Finnigan is a busy musician, composer, band leader and entrepreneur. He has much interesting experiences and ideas to share with us and you will not want to miss this episode!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-SIX, interview with pianist and composer Lex Korten
Lex Korten is one busy working musician. A younger voice on the New York music scene, Lex performs with many notable musicians and bands. He is a creative and innovative composer and leads his own groups as well. He shares wonderful insights with us about music making and the New York scene.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE, interview with Nashville based singer/songwriter Summerlyn Powers
There is a fresh new voice in Nashville, and her name is Summerlyn Powers!! Her soon to be released EP, THE HIVE, contains great songs full of heartfelt lyrics and wonderful melodies!! We have a great discussion about her songwriting craft and of course, her new EP. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-FOUR, interview with New York City based bassist Matt Clohesy.
Matt is a versatile acoustic and electric bass player performing with numerous Jazz groups/musicians and also in the realm of Blues, R and B and Pop music. His insights into his professional music world offer a wealth of knowledge for those aspiring to become professional musicians.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE, interview with New York City based band leader, composer, arranger and trombonist, Sam Blakeslee
Sam is not only one of the extraordinary young band leaders on the New York scene today he is also a marvelous trombonist, composer and arranger. Sam shares many good insights into the music scene in New York today and the challenges and rewards of leading jazz ensembles in the twenty-first century!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO, inteview with New York City based trombonist Jacob Melsha
Jacob is a young man from St. Louis who is new and thriving on the New York jazz scene. He has performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and numerous other groups.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE, interview with New York City based trumpet player Brandon Choi
Brandon is a busy guy playing with a number of different bands and different styles of improvised music. He has tremendous insight and has some inventive ideas using technology and AI in music. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FIFTY, interview with Grammy nominated pianist and composer Rachel Eckroth.
Rachel Eckroth is a jazz musician who also performs in many styles with others adjunct to jazz. Her latest release ONE is a solo recording on which some of the pieces were improvised while in the studio. Rachel has much musical insight to offer and you will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-NINE, interview with jazz bassist Stanley Ruvinov.
Stanley Ruinov who hails from Seattle, Washington is a relative newcomer to the New York City jazz scene. He none the less has had some wonderful experiences on both coasts of the United States and has wonderful insights to share. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-EIGHT, interview with Johnson City, Tennessee based singer/songwriter Florencia Rusinol
Florencia Rusinol of the band Florencia and The Feeling, is a talented vocalist and songwriter. Her band Florencia and The Feeling is wonderfully fun, Pop/Rock/R and B band whose music has an infectious danceability and an upbeat spirit. You will enjoy hearing what Florencia has to say about her music!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SEVEN, interview with New York based jazz trombonist Ryan Keberle
Ryan is engaged with several different jazz ensembles incorporating different styles and unique sounds. We have a great discussion about his work and direction he is taking music!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-SIX, interview with Meghan Parnell and Dave Barnes of the Toronto based Southern Soul/Roots Rock band Bywater Call!
I interviewed Meghan and Dave while they were on the road. Our interview was full of lots of insights about the music business, touring, music styles and labels and the creative process of writing songs. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE, interview with bassist Julia Adamy
Julia is currently touring with Sam Smith. She was currently in England having just crossed over the channel from mainland Europe. Julia is also part of the trio Sonica with Nicole Zuratis and Thana Alexa whom have been previous guests on my show.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR, interview with jazz guitarst and educator, Nathan Borton
Nathan Borton is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at The University of Northern Colorado. Prior to his dive into academia, Nathan has played with numerous notable musicians and also recorded his own album. In our discussion Nathan offered wonderful insights into working as a music professional in the twenty-first century. You will not want to miss this episode.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-THREE, interview with Blues singer/songwriter Andrew Duncanson
Andrew Duncanson has been singing the Blues for over two decades and winning awards and recognition for his work. His bands, The Kilbourne Alley Blues Band and The Dig Three are creating some of the most excellent Blues coming out of the State of Illinois today. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-TWO, interview with New York City based jazz vocalist Thana Alexa
As a vocalist, Thana's vision for her instrument is unique. The music on her albums and with her collabortive group Sonica are as thought provoking as they are inventive and beautiful. Thana has much to share with us about her experiences as a professional musician. You will not want to miss this episode!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE, interview with New York City based drummer, composer and educator Luca Sataniello
Luca Sataniello has built an impressive resume as a jazz drummer having performed with a "Who's Who" of jazz luminaries. He brings a wealth of insight and information to our discussion about music and being a jazz musician in the twenty-first century. You will not want to miss this episode!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED FORTY, interview with New York City based jazz pianist Jon Thomas
Jon Thomas is an intriguing young jazz pianist on the New York scene. We have a great discussion about jazz and the various projects he is involved. You will not want to miss this episode!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-NINE, interview with Chicago Blues one man rhythm section Gerry Hundt of the band The Dig 3
Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Gerry Hundt has made his mark on the Chicago blues scene. He has been a one man band and his latest venture is with the band The Dig 3. Gerry and I have a great discussion about the Blues and the Blues scene in Chicago, Central Illinois and the Midwestern United States.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT, interview with New York City based jazz trumpet player Anthony Hervey.
Anthony has a new album dropping in June entitled Words From My Horn. We have a wonderful discussion about this debut album and about jazz and music in general. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN, interview with New York City based big band composer, arranger and conductor Erica Seguine.
Erica Seguine is a composer and arranger of international renown. She has written for numerous jazz big bands including her own Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Orchestra. The newest album by this group had just dropped days before our interview and we explore Erica's insights into her music and writing for the modern jazz orchestra.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX, interview with Minneapolis based rock, soul, funk and r and b singer/songwriter Mae Simpson
In many ways Mae Simpson is a musical chameleon performing a very soulful ballad followed by a hard rockin' mover and shaker. She brings much to the table with her experience and has much to share about music making in the Midwestern United States. If Joe-Bob Briggs were here, he'd say "Check 'er Out!!"
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FIVE, interview with New York City based bassist Knox Barber
Knox Barber is a young bassist on the New York scene. He has much to share about his career that
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR, interview with Chicago based Blues harp player Martin Lang!
Martin Lang is a leading player in the post-war amplified Blues style, honed over twenty-five years behind the legendary Chicago Bluesman Taildragger. Lang has been part of the Chicago Blues scene since the 1990's and has a fortune in experience and insight about the music to share. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-THREE, interview with Chicago based Blues singer/songwriter and instrumentalist Derrick Procell.
Derrick Procell has been in music business for over three decades. He leads his own band that performs his original compositions AND he writes for several other bands as well. He has a super new album out entitled HELLO MOJO!! We have a great discussion about his newest album and other projects he is involved. Derrick's wealth of experience in the music business and what he has to share about The Blues makes Episode 133 a MUST LISTEN!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-TWO, interview with New York City based trumpet player Brian Pareschi
Brian is very active and in demand on the Jazz/Commercial music scene in New York, and can be heard on everything ranging from TV and film soundtracks to jazz and big band recordings, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Broadway shows, and regularly performs in clubs all over NYC and the world. He has a WEALTH of experience and information to offer. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS EPISODE!!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-ONE, interview with New York City based bassist, composer, arranger, educator and musician advocate, Ben Allison!
Ben's experiences are vast. He is a composer, a noted jazz bassist, educator and has many angles on the music business. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED THIRTY, interview with Mephis Bluesman Mick Kolassa!
Mick has a HUGE mind when it comes to the Blues and he is a wonderful practitioner of the music both in his songwriting and performing. His wealth of information about the music and players is a delight for me to share with you--so DON'T miss episode 130!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE, interview with multi-instrumenalist, composer and professor of contemporary music, Tyshawn Sorey.
Tyshawn Sorey is a deep well of knowledgeable musical thought and inspiration. You will not want to miss the discussion he and I have on this episode!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT, interview with Los Angeles based jazz drummer and educator Mark Ferber.
Mark Ferber is a widely experienced jazz drummer having played with many well known musicians and groups. Based in Los Angeles, Ferber is also a collegiate level educator as well as busy professional musician. His experience brings a lot of good discussion about music and being a musician. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SEVEN, interview with Country Singer/Songwriter Rachel McIntyre Smith!
Rachel McIntyre Smith is an up and coming country artist from Tennessee!!! Her newest recording is called Glory Daze and contains a series of thought provoking songs exploring one's past and wondering about the future. She was delightful to interview and you will not want to miss what she has to say!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX, interview with Blues singer/songwriter and harmonica player The Reverend Shawn Amos
Shawn Amos has a very interesting background. Now living in Texas he grew up in Hollywood. He also found himself shifting from a singer/songwriter to performing the Blues. His story is one that you will not want to miss as it is his story that is his music!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE, interview with Jeff Schroedl and Jeff Taylor of Milwaukee's own Altered Five Blues Band
The Altered Five Blues Band is SMOKIN' HOT!!!!! I knew it the second I heard them open up at the 2022 Rotary Blues Festival this past August. I was in the second row and this band blew me away. As soon as their set was over I was contacting their management to get them as guests on my show. This is an episode you will not want to miss, especially if you love the BLUES!!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR, interview with New York City based Baritone Saxophonist Carl Maraghi!
Carl Maraghi is a very much in demand player. Among many different projects he is the Baritone Saxophonist in the Christian McBride Big Band! His experiences are wonderful to hear about and he has much wisdom to learn from. You will not want to miss this episode!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE, interview with New York City based Baritone and Bass Saxophonist Andrew Hadro.
Andrew Hadro is an exceptionally well informed musician especially when it comes to the Baritone and Bass Saxophones (and Contra Bass Clarinet, while we're at it). His expertise about the instruments as well as his extremely well-honed craft as a musician creates an excellent discussion you will not want to miss.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY TWO, interview with New York City based trombonist Mariel Bildsten
Mariel Bildsten is a very busy sideperson in New York City performing and recording with numerous big band and combos. With her experience as a performer, leader, and educator, Mariel has a wealth of information to share!!! You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE, interview with harpist, singer and songwriter Karen Ballew of the Celtic/folk group The Deer's Cry
Nashville based Celtic/folk group The Deer's Cry released their newest album Heal the Heart in 2022. Karen Ballew plays harp, sings lead vocals and writes for the group. We have a wonderful discussion about Celtic music in Nashville and learn there is a lot of music styles in Nashville going on other than Country music!!! We also talk about her work with the choral groups ANUNA, The Preludio Choir and Nashville's Portara Ensemble.
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED TWENTY, interview with bass trombonist, educator, band leader and composer Chris Glassman
Chris Glassman has won a ton of awards for his musicianship. That he plays awesome bebop on bass trombone is another great asset to his artistry. Chris brings to our discussion a wealth of knowledge and experience. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED NINETEEN, interview with NYC based trumpet and trombone player Nick Vayenas
Nick had just come off the road touring with Michael Buble when we did this interview. He brings a wealth of experience from the professional music world and his insights are certainly worth a listen!!! You will not want to miss this episode!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN, interview with New York City based jazz vocalist Nicole Zuraitis.
Nicole is the vocalist with the Birdland Big Band. In addition to her own recordings, she has recorded Sonica with collaborators Thana Alexa and Julia Adamy. Her wealth of professional experience brings wonderful element to our discussion. You will not want to miss this episode!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN, interview with Toronto based singer/songwriter Julian Taylor
Julian Taylor's songwriting is informed by many experiences. His cultural heritage, his previous bands and various styles explored by those bands all have contributed to revealing the unadulterated Julian Taylor. His songs are emotionally charged, thought provoking and intellectually stimulating. You should check out his new album Beyond the Reservoir and definitely not miss this episode!! It is a great way to close out 2022!!!!!
EPISODE ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN, interview with Berkeley California based jazz pianist, composer, band leader and University of California Berkeley faculty member Myra Melford.
Myra Melford is a multi-faceted composer, jazz pianist and band leader. Her wealth of experience and breadth of knowledge make for an excellent discussion of music and music making. You will not want to miss this episode.