Season 1

Dec. 29, 2021

Episode 40 - A Conversation With Multi-Genre Trumpet Player And Educa…

Todd and Ray get caught up on their past and present jazz activities.

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Dec. 22, 2021

Episode 39 - A Conversation With Pianist, Composer, Grammy-Winning Ar…

Bill and Todd discuss jazz matters that they have both experienced.

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Dec. 15, 2021

Episode 38 - A Conversation With John Goldsby, Fantastic Bassist With…

Todd and John have been friends and colleagues for decades and get all caught up with each other's activities.

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Dec. 8, 2021

Episode 37 - A Revealing Conversation With Masterful Trombonist Micha…

Michael Dease discusses his history in music and what music means to him.

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Dec. 1, 2021

Episode 36 - Todd Gets The Inside Story From Pianist And New York Cit…

Todd and Spike discuss his decision to buy into two jazz clubs in New York, his commitment to artistic integrity, and how things …

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Nov. 17, 2021

Episode 35 - A Conversation With Outstanding Guitarist Dave Stryker

Dave and Todd discuss aspects of Dave's career as a performer and educator and how Dave became the outstanding player he is today.

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Nov. 10, 2021

Episode 34 - A Conversation With Highly Regarded Tenor Saxophonist Ji…

Jimmy and Todd discuss the importance of instrumental music in the schools, the idea and benefits of mentoring, and various aspec…

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Nov. 3, 2021

Episode 33 - A Conversation With The Great Drummer Lewis Nash

Lewis Nash, one of the most in-demand drummers of our time, checks in up with his friend and colleague, bassist Todd Coolman, as …

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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. 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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May 19, 2021

Episode 9 - A conversation with three-time Grammy Award winner, drumm…

A conversation with three-time Grammy Award winner, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.

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May 5, 2021

Episode 7 - The Jazz Dance Suites - A conversation with the Charles M…

The Jazz Dance Suites. A collaboration between saxophonist and composer Charles McPherson and the San Diego Ballet. A discussion …

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April 28, 2021

Episode 6 - Listener's questions answered.

From an array of questions that listeners to this podcast have emailed me, I have chosen a few to answer in this episode. The que…

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April 21, 2021

Episode 5 - A conversation with esteemed bassist Ron Carter

Ron Carter discusses aspects of his career, the current pandemic, thoughts on music education, and offers interesting insights on…

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April 7, 2021

Episode 3 - A conversation with the legendary jazz educator and NEA J…

A conversation with the legendary jazz educator and NEA Jazz Master, Jamey Aebersold.

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March 31, 2021

Episode 2 - Todd Coolman recounts the experience of being the bassist…

Todd Coolman recounts the experience of being the bassist for the Horace Silver Quintet for two years.

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