Streaming Jazz Gigs 8/20 – 8/23

Here are some of the streaming gigs happening this week / weekend that caught my attention.

If there anything that you think should be listed here, drop a note in the comments.

2020 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert

August 20th @ 8pm ET / SF Jazz

The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special online-only concert in honor of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters—Dorthaan KirkBobby McFerrinRoscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman. 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater will host this premier event coordinated by Music Director, drummer, and composer Terri Lyne Carrington, which will include performances by acclaimed jazz musicians—including honorees McFerrin, Mitchell, and Workman—recorded from locations around the country. 

Free –

Andrew Cyrille

August 21st & 22nd @ 9pm EDT / Village Vanguard

Andrew Cyrille – Drums
Bill Frisell – Guitar
David Virelles – Piano
Ben Street – Bass

$10 –

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

August 21st & 22nd @ 8pm EDT / Smoke Jazz Club

Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophone)
Orrin Evans (piano)
Daryl Johns (bass)
Kweku Sumbry (drums)

$10 –

Cyrus Chestnut

August 22nd & 23rd @ 3pm EDT

Cyrus Chestnut w/ Tim Green, Obasi Akoto & Quincy Phillips

$10 – Keystone Korner

Lew Tabackin Magic Trio

August 21st @ 7:30pm EDT

Lew Tabackin, flute, tenor saxophone
Yasushi Nakamura, bass
Jason Tiemann, drums

$10 – Keystone Korner

Rebirth Brass Band

August 22nd@ 9pm EDT

$12 – Tipitina’s New Orleans

Smalls Jazz Club

As always, Smalls Jazz Club in New York is streaming every day and has a tremendous archive available.

Streaming Jazz Gigs 8/12 – 8/16

Here are some of the streaming gigs happening this week / weekend that caught my attention. There’s nothing listed at Village Vanguard yet, but I’ll update that if they announce a show.

If there anything that you think should be listed here, drop a note in the comments.

Warren Wolf & Swing City

August 12th @ 7:30pm EDT

Warren Wolf & Swing City featuring Tim Green, Blake Meister & Quincy Phillips.
$10 – Keystone Korner

Cyrus Chestnut & Affirmation

August 15th & 16th – Two sets each day

Cyrus Chestnut, Tim Green, Steve Kirby, and Quincy Phillips
$10 – Keystone Korner

The Peter Bernstein Quartet

August 14th & 15th @ 8pm EDT / Smoke Jazz Club

Peter Bernstein (Guitar)
Sullivan Fortner (Piano)
Peter Washington (Bass)
Joe Farnsworth (Drums)
$10 –

Shannon Powell

August 15th @ 7:30pm EDT

Donations welcome:

On Facebook @ Dizzy’s Club – Jazz From Home

Smalls Jazz Club

As always, Smalls Jazz Club in New York is streaming every day and has a tremendous archive available.

Streaming Jazz Gigs 8/6 – 8/9

Here are some of the streaming gigs happening this weekend that caught my attention.

Sketches of Spain

August 6th @ 7:30pm EDT

“Concierto de Aranjuez” from “Sketches of Spain” featuring Riley Mulherkar

Jay Anderson (Bass)
Lewis Nash (Drums)
…and many more
Free – Jazz Standard Facebook Page

Bill Frisell Trio

August 7th & 8th @ 9pm EDT / Village Vanguard

Bill Frisell (Guitar)
Thomas Morgan (Bass)
Rudy Royston (Drums)
$10 –

Christian Sands Trio

August 7th & 8th @ 8pm EDT / Smoke Jazz Club

Christian Sands (Piano)
Yasushi Nakamura (Bass)
Clarence Penn (Drums)
$10 –

Mike Clark Experience

August 8th & 9th @ 3pm EDT

A celebration of Herbie Hancock with Tim Green, Jon Davis, & Michael Bowie.
$10 – Keystone Korner

Village Vanguard Live Streaming Jazz

Village Vanguard Livestream Schedule! 

  • June 13th & 14th – Billy Hart Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Ben Street
  • June 20th & 21st – Vijay Iyer Trio featuring Nick Dunston and Jeremy Dutton
  • June 27th & 28th – Joe Martin Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Kevin Hays and Nasheet Waits
  • July 4th & 5th – Joe Lovano Trio Fascination featuring Ben Street and Andrew Cyrille

I’ve been a big fan of the live streams & archives from Smalls and Mezzrow for a long time (especially now when live events are on pause) and I highly recommend supporting them if you can.

When I heard that the Village Vanguard is set to start their own livestream events I almost fell out of my chair with excitement!

First up is The Billy Hart Quartet featuring Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson, and Ben Street as our their first livestream directly from the basement jazz club on Saturday, June 13th 2020 at 7 p.m. EDT and on Sunday, June 14th 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT. 

From the Village Vanguard newsletter: “Since opening its doors in 1935, The Village Vanguard has been celebrating the city’s diverse music, culture, and community. February 22, 2020 marked 85 years The Village Vanguard has operated as the world’s oldest-running jazz club, and since we closed our doors on March 16th due to the global pandemic we’ve been working hard to bring the spirit and sounds of The Village Vanguard to you at home.”

These livestreams will air Saturday and Sundays, each show has an admission fee of $7 and will run approximately 75 minutes in length. Tickets are for sale in advance on their website.

I hope this continues long after the club is open and thriving again!

Podcasts for Jazz Musicians

UPDATED February 11, 2020

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 related shows and podcasts for drummers that I listen to (in no particular order):

Bernie’s Bootlegs

This one is really nice. In his own words, the host describes the podcast as “to explore the stories of successful musicians and share their perspectives on important aspects of being a professional artist in a digital age.”

Notable interviews so far: Colin Stranahan, Nicole Glover, Charles Goold, Justin Barber, Noah Preminger, David Binney, Glenn Zaleski, Kelly Green.

Pablo Held Investigates

Another good one! Long form interviews with an incredibly impressive list of musicians: Bill Stewart, Joey Baron, Wayne Shorter, Jeff Ballard, Dave Holland and the list goes on.

Available as a podcast, but I suggest watching the videos if you can.

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.

Working Drummer

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.

Drummer’s Resource

Favorite episodes of mine include Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson, Michael Carvin, Ed Soph, Terri Lyne Carrington and John Riley.

Riff Raff

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.

Drumeo Gab

This is a pretty loose podcast format that I go in and out of listening to. Drummers should check out the Johnny Vidacovich interview and explore from there.


This is a new discovery for me and it’s really great. I was excited when I heard Ulysses Owens Jr. talking about the brush book he’s putting out, especially since he studied brushes with Kenny Washington.

There’s also a great interview with Johnny Vidacovich.

Bonus Episode – Fei’s World

I stumbled across this on while searching for Ralph Peterson. She does a nice two part interview with him.