In a world surrounded by distractions and full of busy schedules, it can be hard to keep up to date with , let alone study it. In this article, we’ll break down some of the best that will inform and entertain you on the go.
For this round up, we focused on shows that are produced primarily as a great radio stations around the world who offer up their shows on platforms too., rather than the many
Of course, there are many other great ones out there, so don’t hesitate to head to your podcasting platform or choice, hit ‘search’ for and let us know your favourites in the comments section below.
The Third Story
The Third Story focuses on long-form with musicians and creatives, narrowing down their stories of discovery, ambition, risk, and reward.
The weekly was started in 2014 and is hosted by New York-based and producer Leo Sidran.
There are over 200 episodes available on their website, all focused on showcasing the moving and compelling stories of creatives.
The has a clear vision to inspire us on our own creative journeys, and so this is best suited to the aspiring [ ] .
Check them out here: third-story.com/
The Everything Saxophone offers saxophone players, teachers, and saxophone enthusiasts candid, informative conversations with saxophone performers of all genres, saxophone teachers, and industry leaders from all over the world.
Everything Saxophone was started in March 2018 by Donna Schwartz and Nick Mainella to showcase well-known, and up and coming artists in the saxophone world, along with innovative manufacturers of all saxophone-related products.
After Nick went on to teach classes at the St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, Donna became the sole host of the show.
Everything Saxophone has interviewed artists such as Walt Weiskopf, Kirk Whalum, Jamey Aebersold, Tim Garland, Grace Kelly, Tia Fuller, Alexa Tarantino and Camille Thurman, as well as industry leaders such as Theo Wanne, Jody Espina (JodyJazz), SYOS, Gary Sugal, Rovner Products, KeyLeaves, and many others.
Check them out via saxophonepodcast.com
Harmonious World provides with musicians, composers, and producers.
This was started in 2020 by Hilary Robertson as a labour of love and features musicians from all across the world, with recent episodes reaching Russia, Sweden and the UK.
Harmonious World is a great option for those looking for a more in-depth look at . The features with renowned artists, as well as discussions about various elements of the genre.
This is perfect for those who are passionate about and want to learn more about the history and inner workings of the genre.
Check them out via harmoniousworld.buzzsprout.com
All That’s Jazz
All That’s Jazz is a podcast dedicated to conversations that focus on the backstories of people in the world of Jazz, not only from the United States, but from around the world.
Their episodes highlight the extraordinary artists who present their craft, the educators who are bringing along the next generation, the museums and venues that provide a vehicle for its presentation, and the journalists, record labels, and publicists who put this truly diverse music forward to the public.
All That’s Jazz is a personal project borne from more than 40 years of involvement with the music, and personal friendships with artists over the years. For Allen Scott (All That’s Jazz host), this is not about anything other than carrying the stories forward with respect and love.
Check them out at ListenNotes
The musicians. Session focuses on in-depth conversations with
The Nicky Schrire (who previously appeared on the show in 2012 and 2013) since September 2021. was started by Jason Crane in 2007 and has been hosted and produced by
The conversations often revolve around the creative output and process of a , as well as how their lives and connect.
The musicians such as Shai Maestro ( 582), Joel Frahm ( 578) and American drummer Mike Reed ( 138). has interviewed notable
The Cool Toddcast
Produced by acclaimed Grammy Award winning jazz bassist Todd Coolman, the Cool Toddcast interviews cover a variety of subjects related to jazz.
With over 40 years experience as a jazz musician and educator, Todd shares insider perspectives pertaining to jazz performance, road life, stories about jazz musicians and notable events, jazz improvisation, jazz education, jazz history, jazz criticism and just about anything.
Recent episodes include modern saxophone players Dick Oatts, Steve Wilson and Walter Smith III
Check it out via cooltoddcast.com
The Hang with Gregory Porter
The Hang focuses on creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, interviewing famous names, both old and contemporary, and sharing a love of .
This singer-songwriter Gregory Porter, was started in 2019 and is recorded on the road, or remotely from Porter’s home in Bakersfield, California., hosted by
The Hang is best suited for someone looking for a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with a tone that is perhaps more conversational and less info-focused than some of the other podcasts on this list.
Regardless, there are some big names featured on this saxophonist Kamasi Washington, -pop singer Jamie Cullum, and… Jeff Goldblum!. Some of these names include
Check them out on Apple podcasts
The (UK) features of musicians with a focus on providing insight into their life stories and journeys on breaking into the scene.
Aptly named The was started in 2017 and is run by Rob Cope, Dan Farrant, and Tara Minton who are London-based musicians.
This musicians looking to break into the UK scene, but based on the reviews (with an average of 4.9/5 stars), is likely to be enjoyable for any fan of . is especially good for
Listen via thejazzpodcast.buzzsprout.com
With the tagline of “the bold interview ” the Improv Exchange focuses on conversations with and about musicians with the goal of keeping relevant and preserving its musical culture.
The is hosted by Leander Young, who carries out authentic conversations as they keep up-to-date with the world.
This modern world. is ideal for anyone who values as part of our culture and is interested in learning more about the
Check them out via improvexchange.com
Doing with Lorens Chuno
Doing musicians. presents conversations with enterprising
The conversations are free-form, casual, and usually explore the work-life of artists, as well as occasionally touching on their stories of starting out.
Doing with Lorens Chuno offers personal stories from musicians, their opinions on current issues, and advice for people interested in the field.
This musicians themselves. is best for people who are looking for more casual listening, and/or are aspiring
Check them out via lorenschuno.libsyn.com
Straight no Chaser
Hosted by Jeffrey Siegel, Straight no Chaser is a podcast series featuring 5-6 episodes monthly. The podcasts consist of interviews and analyses of jazz music, both past and present. The show has been quite the fan favorite, winning the JazzTimes reader’s poll for best podcast 6 years in a row.
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The label ‘Discover Jazz’ is attached to articles which have been edited and published by Jazzfuel host Matt Fripp, but have been written in collaboration with various different jazz musicians and industry contributors. When appropriate, these musicians are quoted and name-checked inside the article itself!