I’ve been a fan of The Jazz Session with Jason Crane (and Nicky Schrire for a run of 38 episodes) for a few years. I think that both Jason and Nicky are great interviewers, and I love the selection of guests that they have on the show.
For me, the conversational style of the podcast is always engaging, and relaxed. I love that the hosts really dig into not just the music, but the artist’s lives around the time that the recordings were/are being recorded, and released. The short interludes of the album in between topics works beautifully, and I have gone on to purchase quite a bit of music that I hear from those snippets.
I often hear interviews with performers who I am less familiar with. In most of those situations, I know the name of the artist in passing, but I haven’t familiarised myself with their body of work. This is exciting for me! I listen to many artists, but when I’m able to discover someone who is new to me, or I am prompted to dig further into their work, I almost always find something to add to my library.
The Jazz Session is a perfect length for me. It’s typically 30-40 minutes long, and there is so much detail in the interviews.
I’ve become a Patreon supporter of this podcast. With my membership, there is an additional podcast – This I Dig Of You, where ” the guest from the main episode talks about something non-musical that is bringing them joy.” This is really fun for me, because musicians are people, and it’s always interesting to hear how musicians find balance in outside of their musical life.