Hugh Masekela – Podcast 239

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This week we revisit a classic interview with Hugh Masekela from 2013.

Hugh Masekela is the most well known jazz musician from Africa.  His first big hit was in 1968 and he has sold millions of albums, won multiple Grammys and worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Dizzy Gillespie. Fresh off a tour with Paul Simon, he and his band are super-refined, with perfect vocal harmonies, deep grooves, and inspired improvisations.    Masekela is considered a legend of South African Music and the apartheid struggle, but that’s not how he see’s it.

I got to spend sometime backstage with him and now so do you!

 

Here’s one quote from the interview:

“I never had a career, I had an obsession with music.  And my obsession with it, and maybe a little gift that I had, threw me into the area, but my aim, even when I came overseas, was to learn and to study and everything else is a coincidence.  But I didn’t plan to make it for myself.   If you look at anybody who is out there to make it for themselves they self-destruct.  They become very big and then they self-destruct. As long as you’ve got the “me” thing in your head you’re doomed.” – Hugh Masekela

Walter Becker – Podcast 242

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Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, passed away this week. Today, I went digging through my archives and found  a 2010 interview we recorded upon the release of Roger Rosenberg’s Baritonality, an album Becker produced.  I found it and wanted to share it immediately.  Walter’s open spirit, humility, and excitement about the big and small things around music all come through.  We’ll listen to some excerpts from that album and share the complete free wheeling conversation with jazz critic, John Coltelli, myself and the great Walter Becker.

Max ZT Ragas Live Festival Podcast 246

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Max ZT Ensemble played a late night set at the Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works.

1am-2am Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Priya Darshini (vocal),

This year’s festival is October 21st 2017 at the Rubin Museum of Art. At 4pm Max ZT and Jay Gandhi give a tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia.  The duo will perform a set inspired by their gurus’ beloved album, “Call of the Valley.”  Max will join the Epichorus at 2 am : with Priya Darshini (vocals), Zach Fredman (oud), Max ZT (hammered dulcimer),
Rich Stein (percussion),  Uri Sharlin (accordion)

Tickets here