Jazz Imposters
Jazz Imposters
Jazz Imposters
In each episode of this podcast we will attempt to tackle one classic jazz standard, discussing the history, theory, and overall appreciation of the song; and by the end of each episode we will, for better or worse, perform our own take. We’ll be talking about our experiences as musicians, the triumphs and challenges we have overcome or continue to face in the world of music. We hope to bring you interviews with experts and feature performances by distinguished guests. We’ll also tap into our own local scene to keep you plugged into what’s going on and music to watch out for.
Episode 26 - Zoltan
The Jazz Imposters have finally made it to letter “Z!” If this episode is any indication, we continued to challenge ourselves all the way through to the end of this grand experiment. Tune in as we try and wrap our brains around Woody Shaw’s 1965 composition, Zoltan, and then walk the tightrope of attempting to perform it.
Nov 10, 2021
42 min
Bonus Episode - Andres is Practicing!
In this bonus episode before our finale, Andres explains how he’s been using practice apps to improve his vocabulary as a player.
Oct 27, 2021
28 min
Episode 25 - Yesterdays
As we near the end of this long journey through the alphabet of jazz standards, the Jazz Imposters are feeling nostalgic for the excitement we felt at the outset of this experiment. Join us as we dream of Yesterdays.
Oct 13, 2021
34 min
Episode 24 - Exactly Like You
This is the first recorded episode since our production was halted in 2020. The Imposters attempt to find our footing again with Exactly Like You (1930). Join the OG trio as we reconvene and ease back into the swing of things.
Sep 29, 2021
37 min
Episode 23 - Watermelon Man
We’ve unearthed a time capsule from March 2020 and inside was a massive Jazz Imposters episode. That’s right, the lost episode has finally been published in all its glory. The crew invite local Albuquerque bassist extraordinaire, Donny Tesso, to help tackle the tune Watermelon Man by the legend, Herbie Hancock. What a way to kick this podcast back into gear!
Sep 15, 2021
51 min
Bonus Episode - We're Back!
After a long hiatus due in large part to the pandemic, we have finally returned to our irregularly scheduled programming. We will spend this time catching you up on what we’ve been doing for the last year, and what we have planned for the future.
Sep 1, 2021
32 min
Episode 22 - Voyage
Join us this week on a “voyage” captained by you, the listeners. We asked and you all answered; so in this episode, we dial up the metronome in an attempt to do justice to a tune by the great Kenny Barron.
Mar 11, 2020
36 min
Episode 21 - Up Jumped Spring
The Imposters explore another unique voice chronicled through jazz history in trumpeter, Freddie Hubbard. We also try our hand at his original tune, Up Jumped Spring, a jazz waltz just in time for the changing seasons. Thankfully, we’re only attempting to play the music and not stepping out on the dance-floor.
Feb 26, 2020
44 min
Episode 20 - Take Five
Take Five by Paul Desmond was released in 1959 on Dave Brubeck’s revolutionary album, Time Out. We’ll tell you about the odd story behind this odd-time song. Plus a special guest drummer takes the throne for this one!
Feb 12, 2020
55 min
Episode 19 - St. Louis Blues
The Jazz Imposters honor the “father of the blues,” W.C. Handy, and his song, St. Louis Blues. A song so old, no one can sue us for playing the melody! Or singing the lyrics for that matter . . .
Jan 29, 2020
34 min
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