I’ve been listening to podcasts for over a decade and am a bit obsessed. I find it so informative and inspiring to hear other musicians talk about their lives.
This is by no means a comprehensive resource and I’ll update this post as I discover new podcasts and episodes that are worth checking out.
Leave a comment if I missed something that should be included. What are your favorite music podcasts?
Here’s a sampling of the jazz and drumming shows I listen to, in no particular order:
Working Artist Project
This podcast is a more recent discovery for me and I’ve heard that there are new episodes in the works. Darrian Douglas is a great interviewer. Notable guests have been Jason Marsalis, Charles Goold, E.J. Strickland and Kelly Green.
You’ll Hear It
A podcast from Open Studio with daily jazz advice for the modern player featuring Peter Martin & Adam Maness.
NYU Jazz Interview Series
Produced by the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Studies program features interviews with jazz greats, hosted by Dr. David Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies.
The Third Story
This is a thoughtful interview show by Leo Sidran, son of Ben Sidran and I always get something out of each episode. There have been some really great guests. Check out the episode index.
A Noise From the Deep
Trumpeter Dave Douglas leads monthly conversations with significant jazz artists on music, composition, improvisation, and concerts. Guests include Henry Threadgill, John Zorn, Carla Bley, and Andrew Cyrille, among many others.
Straight No Chaser
Three time winner of the JazzTimes Readers’ Poll for Best Podcast and is a recent discovery that I’ve just started digging into.
Jazz Bastard Podcast
This is essentially a deep dive album review show and there have been some great episodes. They rarely release interview episodes, but there’s one standout: The interview with Charles McPherson is gold. If you listen to nothing else, seek this one out. He talks about meeting Charlie Parker and playing with Mingus. So good!
IYOUWE Universe by Lenny White
This is a podcast by the great drummer Lenny White. Past guests include Ron Carter, Mike Clark, Jeff “Tain” Watts and Billy Hart.
I’d Hit That
A great podcast for drummers by mystery man Dave, who is clearly friends with most of the guests, which makes it really fun to listen to. This show seems to be on hiatus.
With over 200 episodes and counting, Working Drummer Podcast is the source for those interested in what it’s like to be a professional drummer.
Favorite episodes of mine include Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson, Michael Carvin, Ed Soph, Terri Lyne Carrington and John Riley.
A podcast by guitarist Shane Theriot. Memorable episodes are with John Scofield, Johnny Vidacovich, Leni Stern and Mike Stern.
Trap Set with Joe Wong
The Trap Set is a podcast about the lives of drummers. The show is produced in Los Angeles, CA. A new episode is released each Wednesday.
This is a pretty loose podcast format that I go in and out of listening to. Drummers should check out the Johnny Vidacovich interview.
Bonus Episode – Fei’s World
I stumbled across this on while searching for Ralph Peterson. She does a nice two part interview with him.