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Liner Notes with David Bixler

Oct 1, 2020

In this time of double pandemic trumpeter Ingrid Jensen looked around and did something for her community by providing nightly concerts in her front yard. In this episode on Liner Notes she talks about her response to these troubled times and how she is balancing family, music, and teaching.

Sep 1, 2020

This episode features alto saxophonist Antonio Hart. We spoke shortly after the murder of George Floyd and Antonio spoke candidly about race, jazz, and the future of jazz education. He also shares how he personally is keeping it together during the ongoing shutdown.

Aug 1, 2020

Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, known for his tenure with the Vangaurd Jazz Orchestra, has released a new Steeple Chase recording entitled Our Contrafacts with bassist David Wong and percussionist Rodney Green. In this episode of LINER NOTES Gary talks about his bout with the corona virus and his thoughts about the...

Jul 1, 2020

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa’s latest recording Hero Trio pays tribute to his musical heroes. Bird, Trane, Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder, and yes even Johnny Cash are represented on this exciting trio recording featuring Francois Moutin on bass and Rudy Royston on drums and cymbals. 

Jun 1, 2020

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s career dramatically changed after being an integral part of David Bowie’s last recording Black Star. In this episode of Liner Notes Donny reflects on how the association with Bowie has shaped his creative process. In this time of quarantine Donny and I spoke remotely. A shout to out...