Podcast: Manhattan Saxophone Quartet

In today’s podcast, Anthony Cekay sits down with Jordan Smith, Dennis Shafer, Dan Kochersberger, Jay Rattman of the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet. As a part of the Ear to Mind series, the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet will be performing a program of new music on November 10th at Symphony Space.

Anthony and the quartet discuss their upcoming performance; different classical saxophone styles; how the group came together; and more. You can listen here:

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Podcast: Fred Hersch

In today’s podcast, Anthony Cekay sits down with pianist Fred Hersch to discuss his upcoming album release Alive At The Vanguard and week of performances at the Village Vanguard. Anthony and Fred discuss: Fred’s musical journey from Cincinnati to New York; his teaching approach; listening to music; and more. You can click here to purchase ticket’s to Fred’s performances at the Vanguard or here, to purchase a copy of his new albumYou can listen here:

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Podcast: Virginia Mayhew


In today’s podcast, Anthony Cekay sits down with fellow saxophonist Virginia Mayhew. Also a composer and arranger, Virginia has been an active participant in the New York jazz scene since 1987. In the course of her career, Virginia has worked with such renowned artists as Earl “Fatha” Hines, Cab Calloway, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Norman Simmons, Al Grey, Junior Mance, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Doc Cheatam, Joe Williams, Leon Parker, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Chico O’Farrill, Ingrid Jensen, Claudio Roditi, Nnenna Freelon, and many, many others. Anthony and Virginia discuss her latest releases Single Petal of a Rose, featuring Houston Person and Mary Lou Williams – the Next 100 Years; a lesson Anthony took with Virginia while in college; her practice techniques and influences; and more. You can listen here:

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Podcast: StereoTerra Music Festival Featuring Aaron Mohr and Gus Rodriguez

In today’s podcast, Anthony Cekay sits down with Aaron Mohr founder and Gus Rodriguez promoter to discuss the upcoming StereoTerra music festival to be held in Michigan. The festival features many great acts, including former podcasts guests: Michele Riganese, Alicia Lemke, Brian Meece and Silbin Sandovar and Mieka Pauley.

StereoTerra is a musical utopia offering a manicured mini vacation for all who seek it. Aside from four days of non-stop music, festival goers will be treated to a landscape unlike any other. The campsites are all nestled and threaded in and out of the beautiful Michigan forest with fire-pits never out of reach. In the conversation, the three discuss the lineup; the logistics of planning the event; and present a picture of what it will be like to attend the festival. You can listen here:

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Podcast: Michael Daves

In today’s podcast, Anthony Cekay sits down with guitarist Michael Daves. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Michael grew up surrounded by bluegrass music. After studying jazz in college, he found his way back to bluegrass. Today Michael plays a unique guitar style that is a fusion of the two styles. Michael performs at 10:00 PM each Tuesday at Rockwood Music Hall and can also be found performing regularly in collaboration with Chris Thile.

Anthony and Michael discuss his path from college to his life in Brooklyn; theory behind bluegrass singing and some bluegrass history; his collaboration with Chris Thile; and more. You can listen here:

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