Episodes

Oct. 27, 2021

Episode 32 - The Unusual Path Of A Highly Respected Nonagenarian Jazz…

Bassist Bill Crow discusses his background and life as a professional jazz musician spanning seventy plus years!

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Oct. 21, 2021

Episode 31 - My Time With Benny Goodman

Todd recounts his early years when he was a member of Benny Goodman's quintet and the valuable lessons he learned from the proces…

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Oct. 16, 2021

Episode 30 - A Conversation With Master Musician Christian McBride

Christian and Todd cover a lot of ground in an energized discussion between two guys in the trenches!

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Oct. 6, 2021

My Life With James Moody

Bassist Todd Coolman recounts some of his fondest memories of being a member of the James Moody Quartet for 25 years.

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Sept. 29, 2021

Episode 28 - More Listeners Questions Answered

Todd receives several emails from listeners with all kinds of interesting questions about jazz. In this episode, he has taken som…

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Sept. 29, 2021

Episode 28.1 - Addendum

This addendum is offered to shore up an omission in Episode 28. If you listened to Episode 28, please be sure to listen to this a…

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Sept. 22, 2021

Episode 27 - A Conversation With Bassist And Composer Extraordinaire …

John and I go way back to college days and catch up on all things musical, life-wise, and recreational. A free-wheeling discussio…

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Sept. 15, 2021

Episode 26 - A Conversation With Tenor Saxophonist Ralph Moore

Ralph and I have been cohorts and friends for many years, but our paths have not crossed in several years. We get caught up by di…

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Sept. 8, 2021

Episode 25 - Meeting Miles Davis

I discuss a chance and most memorable meeting I had with jazz icon Miles Davis in front of his home in New York City around 1980.

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Sept. 1, 2021

Episode 24 - A Conversation With Guitarist Peter Bernstein

Peter and I discuss various aspects of our combine experience in jazz music, and Peter provides valuable insights into how musici…

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Aug. 25, 2021

And You Thought Being On The Road Was Fun...

Jazz bassist Todd Coolman recounts one of hundreds of stories he has experienced firsthand, having traveled the world several tim…

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Aug. 18, 2021

Episode 22: A Conversation With Drummer Joe Farnsworth

Joe and I discuss his early interest in playing the drums, and his myriad experiences and wisdom bestowed upon him by the acknowl…

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Aug. 11, 2021

Episode 21 - A conversation with bassist and educator Doug Weiss

Doug and I discuss an awareness we have of the ways we sometimes influence our students beyond the study of music.

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Aug. 4, 2021

Episode 20 - A Conversation With Acclaimed Jazz Bassist, Educator, An…

Rufus and I discuss the breadth of his multi-faceted career.

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July 28, 2021

Episode 19 - How To Improve At Anything.

Using a model I have incorporated for practicing playing a musical instrument, parallels are drawn to illustrate how this method …

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July 21, 2021

Episode 18 - A Conversation with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman.

Dave reveals things he learned working in the bands of Elvin Jones and Miles Davis, as well as discussing his involvement in jazz…

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July 14, 2021

Episode 17 - A Conversation with pianist/composer Renee Rosnes

Renee describes her activities during the recent 15 month shutdown, and what she is now doing now that things are beginning to op…

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July 7, 2021

Episode 16 - A conversation with Music Therapist and fellow Podcaster…

Tammy reveals the many facets of what music therapy entails and relates a variety of her experiences in the field. Additionally s…

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June 30, 2021

Episode 15 - A conversation with pianist/composer/arranger/conductor/…

Jim discusses his evolution as a Grammy nominated composer and delves into aspects of his creative process.

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June 23, 2021

Episode 14 - The Show Must Go On! - The trials and tribulations of a …

Todd Coolman recounts an incident that occurred during a performance he participated in. Unfortunately, things did not go as plan…

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June 16, 2021

Episode 13 - A conversation with vocalist/pianist Dena DeRose

Dena and I discuss her decision to move out of New York and over to Austria back in 2006 and what has transpired for her since th…

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June 9, 2021

Episode 12 - Answers to listeners questions

Listeners email me questions about anything pertaining to jazz at: cooltoddcast@gmail.com Occasionally, I select questions from a…

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June 2, 2021

Episode 11 - An interview with the fantastic pianist and organist Mik…

Mike talks about his performing experiences, his Disability Pride Parade, and his soon to be released recording.

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May 26, 2021

Episode 10 - A Conversation with trumpet virtuoso and educator Jon Fa…

A Conversation with trumpet player Jon Faddis.

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