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In the Groove, Jazz and Beyond


From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!


Storrs, CT


From Jazz masters of past and present to emerging new artists performing modern jazz and fusion. No smooth jazz here!




Episode Feb 17, 2024

This episode begins with the original version of a great jazz standard, Freedom Jazz Dance by Eddie Harris. From there, we have recordings by two alto sax players that cut their chops at University of Hartford's fine Jackie McLean Institute for jazz; Mike DiRubbo and Sarah Hanahan. The podcast concludes with music from Chick Corea who passed on three years ago this month. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Eddie Harris ~ Freedom Jazz Dance ~ The In Sound Swiss Jazz Ambassadors ~ Ugetsu ~ Swiss Jazz Ambassadors feat. Sarah Hanahan Peter Martin ~ Groove Echo Chamber ~ Peter Martin & Generation S Mike DiRubbo ~ JK in NYC ~ Inner Light Joel Ross ~ equinox ~ nublues Chick Corea ~ Matrix ~ Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Chick Corea ~ Friends ~ Friends


Jazz 2024 Grammy Recap

This episode is a recap of the Grammys awarded to jazz artists in various categories. What strikes me in this playlist is the wide range of styles and cultural influences that have melded in today's modern jazz. There is funk, R&B, Indian, Latin, jazz and folk music represented here. Congrats to all these artists on their Grammy awards. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer ~ Tradewinds Bengali ~ As We Speak Shakti ~ Shrini’s Dream ~ This Moment Billy Childs ~ The End of Innocence ~ The Winds of Change Nicole Zuraitis ~ Reverie ~ How Love Begins Samara Joy ~ Tight ~ Tight - Single Meshell Ndegeocello ~ Burn Progression ~ The Omnichord Real Book Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo ~ En La Soledad ~ El Arte Del Bolero, Vol. 2 Tracy Chapman ~ Fast Car ~ Tracy Chapman Emma Rawicz ~ Rangwali ~ Chroma


Episode Feb 4 2024

A variety of music beginning with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Larry Coryell. That is followed by music from towns that I have resided in for most of my adult life, Hartford and San Diego. Also, the "Jazztodon" inspired track. We have new music from Vijay Iyer and Linda May Han Oh as well. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Wes Montgomery ~ Tequila ~ Tequila Larry Coryell ~ Bumpin' on Sunset ~ The Power Trio Gilbert Castellanos ~ Bilad as Sudan ~ Espérame En El Cielo Mike DiRubbo ~ Scrollin' and Trollin' ~ Inner Light Ken Peplowski & New York Trio ~ In the Middle of a Kiss ~ Stardust Vijay Iyer ~ Overjoyed ~ Compassion Linda May Han Oh ~ Phosphorus ~ The Glass Hours Herbie Hancock ~ Oliloqui Valley ~ Empyrean Isles


Soprano Trane to Electric Miles

This episode features iconic tracks that changed the direction of jazz music. Trane takes up the soprano, and Miles invents fusion. Lots of great stuff in between. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album John Coltrane ~ My Favorite Things ~ My Favorite Things Sonny Rollins ~ Asiatic Raes ~ Newk's Time Eddie Henderson ~ Why Not? ~ Witness to History Joe Farrell ~ Time's Lie ~ Moon Germs Miles Davis ~ Spanish Key ~ Bitches Brew


Episode 21 Jan 2024

This week's playlist is mostly based on albums that were posted on . We begin with artists that you likely have never heard of, then transition into some of the jazz greats like Getz, McLean and Cannonball. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Muriel Grossmann ~ Knowledge and Wisdom ~ Devotion Mitchum Yacoub ~ OB Joint ~ Living High in the Brass Empire Joe Gordon ~ A Song for Richard ~ Lookin' Good! Stan Getz ~ Times Lie ~ Captain Marvel Lyle Mays ~ Ascent ~ Lyle Mays Jackie McLean ~ You Don't Know What Love Is ~ Nature Boy Cannonball Adderley ~ One For Daddy-O ~ Somethin' Else


MLK Day and more

This episode starts with a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as this show will air on MLK Day weekend. Following are some great tracks, most notably from Tommy Flanagan and Jackie McLean. The show ends with two versions of Mercy Street from the original Gabriel recording followed by Hancocks great cover. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Herbie Hancock ~ I Have a Dream ~ The Prisoner Tommy Flanagan ~ Raincheck ~ Jazz Poet Joe Gordon ~ Terra Firma Irma ~ Lookin' Good! Christopher Hollyday ~ Everything Happens ~ Telepathy Jackie McLean ~ Nature Boy ~ Nature Boy Peter Gabriel ~ Mercy Street ~ So Herbie Hancock ~ Mercy Street ~ The New Standard


Episode 7 Jan 2024

We start this show (first of 2024) with a tribute to Les McCann. New music from Mike DiRubbo and fellow Hartford cat Matt Dwonszyk. Another Matt, Matt Hall brings us to the close with SFJazz Collective. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Les McCann & Eddie Harris ~ Cold Duck Time ~ Swiss Movement Les McCann ~ Poo Pye McGoochie (And His Friends) ~ Invitation to Openness Roberta Flack ~ Compared to What ~ First Take Mike DiRubbo ~ The Muse ~ Inner Light Matt Dwonszyk ~ Afro Blue ~ A Year and a Day Matt Hall ~ No Going Back ~ I Hope to My Never SFJAZZ Collective ~ Smokey ~ New Works & Classics Reimagined


Jazzy New Year 2024

Wishing you all a jazzy Happy New Year as we begin this episode with an aptly titled tune from Joshua Redman. As I look at this playlist, it is dominated by great guitarists including Bernstein, Scofield, McLaughlin and newcomer Andrew Renfroe... and more Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Joshua Redman ~ New Year ~ Still Dreaming Mike DiRubbo ~ Inner Light ~ Inner Light Andrew Renfroe ~ SPRINGS ~ Single John Scofield ~ Mr. Tambourine Man ~ Uncle John's Band John McLaughlin ~ Peace One ~ My Goals Beyond Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein & Bill Stewart ~ FU Donald ~ Perpetual Pendulum Todd Sickafoose ~ Prospects ~ Bear Proof Hampton Hawes ~ Morning ~ On Contemporary: Hampton Hawes


Holiday with a San Diego Spin

This holiday episode of In The Groove begins with a few Christmas classics. Then we continue with some of my favorite 2023 releases, including ones from San Diego. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Chris Potter ~ O Come All Ye Faithful ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas Marian McPartland ~ God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen ~ A Concord Jazz Christmas Samara Joy ~ The Christmas Song ~ A Joyful Holiday Darcy James Argue's Secret Society ~ Ferromagnetic ~ Dynamic Maximum Tension Andrew Renfroe ~ FLUFFY ~ (Single) Gilbert Castellanos ~ Home is Africa ~ Espérame En El Cielo David Borgo ~ Aqaba ~ Pathika David Whitman ~ Ode To Joe (feat. Bob Sheppard) ~ Ode To Joe Peter Sprague ~ Wise One ~ Wise One: Peter Sprague Plays Coltrane


Great Albums 2023 Part 2

Continuing from last week's episode, we review some of my favorite releases from 2023. Besides long time favorites like Chris Potter and Billy Childs, there are newcomers on the scene producing great music. Tina Raymond, Miki Yamanaka, Lakecia Benjamin and Isaiah Thompson are represented here. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Chris Potter ~ Got the Keys to the Kingdom ~ Got the Keys to the Kingdom: Live at the Village Vanguard Tina Raymond ~ The Emperor ~ Divinations Billy Childs ~ Master of the Game ~ The Winds of Change Miki Yamanaka & Mark Turner ~ Shades Of Rainbow ~ Shades of Rainbow Lakecia Benjamin ~ Trane ~ Phoenix Isaiah J. Thompson ~ The Soul Messenger (feat. Julian Lee, Philip Norris & Tj Reddick) ~ The Power of the Spirit


Great Albums from 2023

With so much music being released, it is nearly impossible to come up with a "Best Of" list for 2023. So here are some of my favorite recordings and other picks from Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album ARTEMIS ~ Lights Away from Home ~ In Real Time Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band ~ Look to the Hills ~ Kings Highway Eddie Henderson ~ Freedom Jazz Dance ~ Witness to History Todd Sickafoose ~ Boom Bust Startup Ruin ~ Bear Proof Jaimie Branch ~ Aurora Rising ~ Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) Jaimie Branch ~ Borealis Dancing ~ Fly or Die Fly or Die Fly or Die ((world war)) Shakti ~ Mohanam ~ This Moment Wayne Escoffery ~ Shuffle ~ Like Minds SFJAZZ Collective ~ The Plains (Live) ~ New Works & Classics Reimagined


As Seen on Jazztodon

The bulk of this podcast episode is picks from A jazz centric social media service that I post to exclusively. You can learn more about that through this episode while listening to some great tunes. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Michel Pérez ~ Falling In Love With Love ~ Toujours John Coltrane Quartet ~ Wise One ~ Crescent John Zorn ~ Piopio ~ O'o Soft Machine ~ Other Doors ~ Other Doors The Dave Brubeck Quartet ~ These Foolish Things ~ Live from the Northwest, 1959 Joe Farrell ~ The Jazz Crunch ~ Sonic Text Weather Report ~ Boogie Woogie Waltz ~ Sweetnighter


Hard Bop to Prog Rock

We've got hard bop from the 60's to Prog Rock of the '70s represented in this episode. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Sonny Rollins ~ Alone Together ~ Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders Toots Thielemans ~ Speak No Evil ~ Only Trust Your Heart Hank Mobley ~ If I Should Lose You ~ Soul Station Freddie Hubbard ~ Arietis ~ Ready For Freddie McCoy Tyner ~ Sama Layuca ~ Quartet John McLaughlin ~ Friendship ~ Electric Guitarist (Remastered) Santana ~ Flor de Canela ~ Borboletta Santana ~ Promise of a Fisherman ~ Borboletta


Thanksgiving 2023

My favorite Thanksgiving inspired tunes on this week's In The Groove podcast episode. Enjoy. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Thelonious Monk ~ Stuffy Turkey ~ It's Monk's Time Jimmy Greene ~ Give Thanks ~ Mission Statement Atla DeChamplain ~ Soul Food ~ Pause Miguel Zenón ~ Prayer #2 (Thanksgiving) ~ Looking Forward Shawn Colvin, Chris Botti & Billy Childs ~ Save the Country ~ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro Lee Morgan ~ Search for the New Land ~ Search for the New Land Donald Harrison Jr. & Dr. John ~ Indian Blues ~ Indian Blues Donald Harrison Jr. & Dr. John ~ Shallow Water ~ Indian Blues


Autumn Celebration

We are right in the middle of Autumn, and this episode celebrates my favorite season. Great renditions of this season's classics by Hollyday, Sharpe and Kessel. Something new from Joey Alexander, something old from Herbie, and much more. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Christopher Hollyday ~ Autumn in New York ~ Telepathy Avery Sharpe Trio ~ Autumn Moonlight ~ Autumn Moonlight Barney Kessel ~ Autumn Leaves ~ Autumn Leaves Manuel Valera ~ Mov III -- Fall ~ The Seasons Miles Davis ~ Fall ~ Nefertiti Joey Alexander ~ Blue ~ Continuance Herbie Hancock ~ Oliloqui Valley ~ Empyrean Isles Cannonball Adderly Sextet ~ Unit 7 ~ Jazz Workshop Revisited


West Coast 50’s

This episode features the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950's. In particular, the music of Hampton Hawes and Harold Land. It also has a track from Sonny Rollins with a west coast rhythm section. We round out the program with Petrucciani, Miles and JMac. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Hampton Hawes Trio ~ The Champ ~ On Contemporary: Hampton Hawes Hampton Hawes ~ I Love You ~ On Contemporary: Hampton Hawes Harold Land ~ Delirium ~ Harold In The Land Of Jazz Harold Land ~ Grooveyard ~ Harold In The Land Of Jazz Sonny Rollins ~ You ~ Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders Michel Petrucciani ~ Limbo ~ Power of Three Miles Davis ~ Eighty-One ~ E.S.P. Jackie McLean ~ Confirmation ~ 4, 5 and 6



New music from San Diego and LA to begin this episode of In The Groove. Castellanos, Whitman and Kornhouser from SD, then travel north to LA for Tina Raymond and Andrew Renfroe. Much more to follow with Urbaniak, Escoffery and Mingus to close out this week's show. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Gilbert Castellanos ~ Totem Pole ~ Espérame En El Cielo David Whitman ~ With Love ~ Ode To Joe Ed Kornhauser ~ Modren ~ The Short Years Tina Raymond ~ Eight of Wands ~ Divinations Andrew Renfroe ~ FLUFFY ~ Single Michał Urbaniak ~ Prehistoric Bird ~ Fusion III Wayne Escoffery ~ Nostalgia in Times Square ~ Like Minds Charles Mingus ~ Open Letter To Duke ~ Mingus Ah Um Charles Mingus ~ Goodbye Pork Pie Hat ~ Mingus Ah Um


Episode October 22 2023

This show starts with one of my favorite recordings with the vocals of Nancy Wilson and the alto sax of Cannonball Adderley. Next up is a new recording from tenor saxman, Wayne Escoffery. A sampling of Classic LPs from Young, Shorter and Chick to follow. We also say goodbye to composer/arranger/pianist Carla Bley. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Save Your Love for Me ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley & Nancy Wilson ~ Unit 7 ~ Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Wayne Escoffery ~ Idle Moments ~ Like Minds Wayne Escoffery ~ Rivers of Babylon (feat. Gregory Porter) ~ Like Minds Larry Young ~ The Moontrane ~ Unity Wayne Shorter ~ Witch Hunt ~ Speak No Evil Charlie Haden, Carla Bley ~ The Ballad of the Fallen ~ The Ballad of the Fallen Chick Corea ~ Straight Up and Down ~ Tone's for Joan's Bones



This episode is in honor of those innocent civilians that have lost their lives in the recent Middle East conflict. It is our hope that peace can be achieved in the region. We pay our respects through Emmet Cohen's Hatzi Kaddish. That is followed by other great piano trios from Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner and more. Playlist Artist ~ Name ~ Album Emmet Cohen ~ Hatzi Kaddish ~ Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Ron Carter Kenny Barron & Dave Holland Trio ~ Pass It On ~ Without Deception McCoy Tyner ~ Moment's Notice ~ McCoy Tyner Plays John Coltrane John Coltrane ~ Wise One ~ Crescent ARTEMIS ~ Slink ~ In Real Time David Whitman ~ Bop This ~ Ode To Joe Joe Farrell ~ Time's Lie ~ Moon Germs


Episode October 8 2023

This episode begins with some Metheny inspired guitar tracks. Also new music from young jazz artists Tina Raymond and Miki Yamanaka. Also a couple of tracks from Joshua Redman's new release before concluding this week's podcast with classic Max Roach. Playlsit Artist ~ Name ~ Album Pat Metheny Group ~ James ~ Offramp John Pizzarelli ~ Last Train Home ~ Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny) Grégoire Maret, Romain Collin & Bill Frisell ~ Wichita Lineman ~ Americana Tina Raymond ~ The Emperor ~ Divinations Miki Yamanaka ~ Song For Mary Lou ~ Shades of Rainbow Joshua Redman ~ Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? (feat. Gabrielle Cavassa) ~ where are we Joshua Redman ~ Alabama ~ where are we Max Roach ~ Tears For Johannesburg (Remastered) ~ We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (Remastered)