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Episode 3 - What is Jazz?  

Jazz is more than a style. It’s a tradition, filled with imagination, interpretation, and improvisation. We explore the curious practice of creating music as it proceeds. How does that work? We learn by listening, so we offer a tune from a Presbybop Quartet album. 

Along the way, Jeff Kellam refers to a luminous biography of Mary Lou Williams by Deanna Witkowski, the equally luminous jazz pianist. We will talk to Deanna in a future episode. In the meantime, we highly recommend Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul.  Order it here

 

Featured music: “This or That” from Psalms Without Words 

Theme music: "All Thumbs" from Faith in a New Key, Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet 
Music used by permission from Presbybop Music (BMI) 
Announcer: Chris Norton 
(c) Presbybop Music

Episode 2 - The WOW Moment  

Here’s one thing that musicians and listeners have in common: the possibility of a transcendent moment. Bill tells a treasured family story about a Louis Armstrong concert in 1955. In many ways, that concert shaped his destiny even before he was alive. Jazz has a special super power to make a room come alive. We hear about the experience of bassist Christian McBride, performing with pianist McCoy Tyner. And we recall a “moment” marked by Thomas Merton, the monk who was a jazz lover. And if that isn’t enough, our friend David Liebman (deemed a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts) reveals what he aims for as a creative musician. 

 Featured music: “Welcome Home” from Welcome Home 

Theme music: "All Thumbs" from Faith in a New Key, Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet 
Music used by permission from Presbybop Music (BMI) 
Announcer: Chris Norton 
(c) Presbybop Music

Episode 1 - Is Jazz Spiritual?  

Episode 1 – Is Jazz Spiritual? 

Welcome to our first episode! Bill Carter and Jeff Kellam introduce the theme of this podcast and tell you something about themselves. This is a podcast about the spiritual power of syncopated music. How might music awaken, enrich, and empower our lives? How might jazz direct us toward acts of love, justice, and mercy?  That's what we want to explore. 

Tell us how you fell in love with jazz. Send an email to podcast@presbybop.com

Music: Ebo's Waltz from Interior Window, Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet 
Theme music: All Thumbs from Faith in a New Key, Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet 
Music used by permission from Presbybop Music (BMI) 
Announcer: Chris Norton 
(c) Presbybop Music 

Our Advance Trailer  

We are pleased to announce The Spirit of Jazz podcast with co-hosts Bill Carter and Jeff Kellam. Thanks for finding us! This is the podcast where music dances with mystery. We invite you to subscribe to future episodes as we explore the spiritual dimensions of syncopated music.   

The Spirit of Jazz is a production of Presbybop Music. Beginning in September 2022, new episodes will be released on the first and third Fridays of every month. If there is a fifth Friday, we will offer a bonus episode.  

Subscribe today by going to our Podcast host site, connecting the RSS link below, or visiting wherever fine podcasts can be found.