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Meeting Ahamad Jamal at the Newport Jazz Festival

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"The Jazz Room" is a half hour Podcast.
For many years we have covered the Newport Jazz Festival. and now add more festivals to our roster. View our Photo Gallery of Jazz Artists from the Festivals through the years.

Each program features an interview with an independent artist, or a Jazz Legend. Sometimes there may be a Jam Session where the music is performed live in the studio.

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Jazz Festival Photos Through the Years 

April 2024 in " The Jazz Room"


We met pianist/composer, Orrin Evans at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival.  In part one of this interview we talk about his CD “The Red Door”, the meaning of red, the Jazz Train and Jazz elders.

In part two we talk about the origins of a couple of songs featured on his CD and learn about the musicians who are on this CD with him. Learn more about him at

Orrin Evans Interview Part 1 28.24 min
00:00 / 28:24
Orrin Evans Interview Part 2 29.29min
00:00 / 29:39

We talk with vibraphonist, Gary Burton. We were able to catch up with him at the 60th Newport Jazz Festival.
In the first in our two part interview, Gary tells us about when he started playing the vibes and about his Autobiography that was published in 2013.

In part two of our interview Gary tells us about his work with George Shearing and Stan Getz. He also talks about the "inner player" that is within us all. 

Gary Burton P. 1
00:00 / 29:46
Gary Burton P. 2
00:00 / 29:45
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