Notes from the Jazz Underground

Series produced by WDCB

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Notes from the Jazz Underground is where Jazz gets a little weirder, a little louder, and a little more on the edge.

Notes from the Jazz Underground is produced by Paul Abella at WDCB in Chicago. A show that focuses on the fringes of Jazz, Notes From the Jazz Underground is where you'll hear avant-garde Jazz, Fusion, Modern Jazz and Jazz that's outside the mainstream.


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This week, we spend some time with some lesser known artists making some fantastic music in the underground!

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  • Added: May 17, 2023
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 5
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this week, we get down to the sounds of the avant...groove? We'll hear funky and grooving jams from the top tier of the experimental jazz realm, li...

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  • Added: May 10, 2023
  • Length: 58:04
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New Fusion, Old Fusion and chops heavy jams from Joshua Redman, Umphrey's McGee, The Dixie Dregs, Snarky Puppy and more!

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  • Added: May 01, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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this week, a whole lot of things that sound like Ornette Coleman. And some other cool music, too.

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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new music from Julian Lage and Walter Smith III, a legendary one from Gil Scott Heron and more!

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, and a few songs inspired by that legendary album.

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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New music from Kendrick Scott and Sara Caswell, plus the Nels Cline Singers, Joshua Redman, John Scofield, John Patton and John Zorn.

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, some music from some up and coming stars of tomorrow, plus George Benson, Vijay Iyer and Ornette Coleman, too!

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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When the going gets weird, the weird turn on THIS episode of Notes from the Jazz Underground.

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we hear Wayne with Weather Report, with Milton Nascimento, on his own, and with Miles Davis, too.

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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mostly an hour on Wayne Shorter, with The Manhattan Project, Weather Report and Carlos Santana, remixed by Bill Laswell and covered by Esperanza Sp...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2023
  • Length: 57:00
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some great new jams from 2023, from Christian McBride, James Brandon Lewis, Greg Ward's Rogue Parade, and sets from John Scofield and The Messtheti...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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Mardi Gras might have passed, but I wanted to keep the party going, so we're hearing from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanton Moore, Azymuth, Milto...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, it's a taste of Jazz's avant-garde or Creative music wing in early 2023, with music from Dave Liebman, Christian McBride's New Jawn, Whi...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, some musical traveling, from Chicago to New York, L.A., Brazil, Mexico City and back again, with music from Eddie Harris, Archie Shepp, ...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, some old stuff (Keith Jarrett, Albert Ayler), some new stuff (Lakecia Benjamin, East Axis) and some in-between stuff (Christian McBride'...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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some great new music from Richie Goods & Chien Chien Lu and Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter, some great music from Chicago, and a near classic from 1969.

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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Jeff Beck passed away on January 10, 2023, and I'm celebrating his guitar playing and his constant search for the sound with some deep cuts, some c...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we check out new music from Chris Potter and Bill Frisell, some aggressive Jazz-Funk from Trombone Shorty and Erik Truffaz and a classic...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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a look back at 2022, with music from Domi & JD, Mary Halvorson, Terri Lyne Carrington and more!

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2023
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4