Paul Winter and the Summer Solstice – Podcast 296

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 Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter has a body of work that chronicles his wide-ranging experiences in the musical traditions and natural environments of the Earth. 5 years after our first conversation before the Winter Solstice, we reconnect with Paul Winter, this time as the Summer Solstice is arriving.

 The saxophonist, composer and bandleader founded Living Music as the recording context for his ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, and his community of colleagues, which includes some of the world’s finest jazz, world, and classical musicians, along with notable voices from the great symphony of wildlife. 

His 24 Annual Summer Solstice Celebration is coming up, a Sunrise set on June 22nd 2019.

Dennis McNally – Podcast 295

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With cameos from the Hell’s Angels, the CIA, and the Beat Poets, the Grateful Dead’s adventures encapsulates the story of American counter-culture.

We explore this history with Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: the Inside Story of the Grateful Dead as revealed to him during a dozen years on the road with the band, extensive interviews with both central and tangential characters, and, a mountain of research.  Ben Ratliff writes in the New York Times, that Dennis “had more access to his subjects and their trails of paper, recording tape and roach clips than almost all previous rock biographers.”

Dennis is also the author of Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, The Beat Generation & America
and the powerful Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom. 

Andy Statman – Podcast 294

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Celebrating the release of his new album, Monroe Bus, we get to hang out with Andy Staman!  Andy Statman is one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, and has made major contributions to both Jewish music and bluegrass.  He describes his compositions and performances as “spontaneous  American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.”