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From 2007-12, The Jazz Session brought you in-depth interviews with jazz musicians. It's time to bring back the show.
From 2007-12, The Jazz Session brought you in-depth interviews with jazz musicians. It's time to bring back the show.
268 backers pledged $8,302 to help bring this project to life.

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Why do musicians do what they do?

Answering that question was at the heart of the 417 episodes of The Jazz Session that aired from 2007-2012. My guests included Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, John Abercrombie, Robert Glasper, Marian McPartland, Darcy James Argue and hundreds of others. I loved asking questions that got beyond the mechanics and uncovered the passion, the thought, the inspiration behind the music.

Let's do it again. 

So many of you helped me keep the show going in its first five years. Now I'm asking you to help me produce 12 new episodes -- one per month for a year. The money raised in this campaign will send me to New York for a week to conduct the interviews, and it will help pay for the production costs and the server space for the show. That server space alone is getting very expensive, given the show's 2.5 million downloads (and counting). 

But let's do even more.

The centerpiece of each episode will still be an in-depth interview with a jazz musician. But each episode will also have an extra segment. It might be a jazz book or CD recommendation; a short talk with an author or writer about a particular jazz-related topic; or maybe a look behind the scenes at a special event. One thing is for sure: there will be even more jazz info in each and every episode.

You don't have to wait to hear a new show.

Visit http://thejazzsession.com right now to hear a brand new episode featuring pianist Geoffrey Keezer talking about his new solo piano record. It's my way of saying "thank you" for your support, and I hope it makes you want even more episodes. And no, this doesn't count toward the 12 new shows. So really, you're getting 13. 

If you love jazz ... if you love music ... if you care about documenting history as it happens, please help me bring back The Jazz Session.

Risks and challenges

There really are very few risks involved with this project. I already have a proven track record of producing high-quality, regular shows. The trick is securing the funding. But once that's finished, the rest is easy. And exciting!

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    You'll be thanked on the show and mentioned on the website. You'll also receive a free mp3 from Geoffrey Keezer's new album. And you'll receive one free mp3 per week from each guest for all 12 weeks of the show. And you'll get a free CD and a signed copy of my book of poetry, Unexpected Sunlight. And you'll get to appear on one episode of the show during the introduction. And you'll get an object signed by all 12 guests. And you'll be able to attend one interview in person (if you live in NYC) or via Skype.

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