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Tom Ranier: Everyone’s Favorite Musician— JWP31

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 31 (JWP31) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled Tom Ranier—Everyone’s Favorite Musician.

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Tom Ranier has been a mainstay in the L.A. studio & jazz scenes for 50 years as a brilliant multi-instrumentalist and arranger. This interview will give the listener insight into one of the most formidable musicians in the industry.

Gary Gray: Master Player & Teacher — JWP30

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 30 (JWP30) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled Gary Gray—Master Player & Teacher.

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Gary Gray has been a top Los Angeles studio player and revered teacher of the clarinet for over half a century. He has been internationally recognized as one of the top clarinet soloists and teachers for generations. This interview provides an insiders view of Gary’s career and approach to teaching.

Woodwind Studio Legends Roundtable — JWP29

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 29 (JWP29) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled Woodwind Studio Legends Roundtable.

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Gary Foster, Gene Cipriano, Ronnie Lang and Don Ashworth were revered by composers, arrangers, producers, conductors and their fellow musicians for their musical abilities and the integrity that they exuded. These four artists are representative of a period when recording musicians were expected to be equally fluent in jazz, commercial & classical styles of music. This interview allows us to hear the inside story of their careers and how they succeeded in the most stressful and competitive sector of the music industry.

Dan Higgins: First Call — JWP28

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 28 (JWP28) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled Dan Higgins—First Call.

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Dan Higgins has established himself over the past 35 years as the First Call woodwind musician in the L.A. studios for any musical situation. Enjoy this candid interview with one of the great woodwind multi-instrumentalists of all time.

Ken Peplowski: Swingin’ with Peps — JWP27

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 27 (JWP27) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled Ken Peplowski—Swingin’ with Peps.

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Ken Peplowski has been a dominant figure in the resurgence of the clarinet in jazz over the past 35 years. A wonderful tenor saxophonist as well, Ken has issued 32 albums as a leader and been on many hundreds of recordings as a sideman. In this interview, he talks about growing up in Cleveland and cutting his teeth in the business as a young musician on the Tommy Dorsey band. He speaks fondly of his mentors including Buddy Morrow, Milt Hinton, Sonny Stitt, etc. Ken demonstrates what he prioritizes in his warmups and plays a beautiful solo rendition of “Poor Butterfly” during the interview. Enjoy!

Bob Mover: Bebop Master — JWP26

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 26 (JWP26) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled Bob Mover—Bebop Master.

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This interview is a tribute to Bob Mover’s career as a player and a teacher. Bob discusses his unusual life as a jazz musician, the great legends he has met and learned from, and demonstrates his approach to teaching creative jazz improvisation.

The Art of the Saxophone Section — JWP25

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 25 (JWP25) features the audio portion of the video interview entitled The Art of the Saxophone Section.

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The saxophone section of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra speak candidly about their love of playing big band music, their admiration for Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, and the importance of playing in this type of large ensemble for aspiring professional musicians. They also play a few of the more famous Thad Jones solis.

Broadway Conductors Forum – JWP9

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 9 features the audio portion of the Broadway Conductors Forum video. Charlie Alterman, David Chase and Constantine Kitsopoulos carry forth their responsibilities with not only great talent and integrity but also create a positive feeling within the orchestra and cast. This interview provides great insight into the conductor’s world.

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The Contemporary Oboe Doubler – JWP8

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 8 features the audio portion of the The Contemporary Oboe Doubler video. Rick Heckman & Dan Willis offers rare insight into the world of the double reed doubler. Rick & Dan discuss the nature of what today’s oboe doublers encounter on the job and offer solutions to performance problems.

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Larry Guy: Clarinet Fundamentals – JWP7

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 7 features the audio portion of the Clarinet Fundamentals with Larry Guy video. His sense of elegance in playing and professionalism on the job was gleaned from his years of study with some of the great woodwind/musical minds of the 20th Century—Robert Marcellus, Anthony Gigliotti, Kalmen Opperman, Alan Balter, and Marcel Moyse.

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Charles McPherson: How to Practice Jazz – JWP3

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 3 features the audio portion of the Charles McPherson on How to Practice Jazz video. Charles McPherson has been a role model to generations of alto saxophonists and is still exploring new avenues of expression within the bebop/post bebop tradition.

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Lawrence Feldman: Career Building – JWP1

Joffe Woodwinds Podcast 2 features the audio portion of the Lawrence Feldman on Building a Career video. In this interview with Lawrence Feldman—one of the most knowledgeable woodwind players regarding equipment concerning saxophone, clarinet and flute—shares some insights on his career.

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