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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Talk About Jazz With Doug Hall

Written by on March 29, 2024

WICN Contributing Writer Doug Hall has a new podcast series through a partner community channel.  Tune into the series below.

 

In this first episode, Doug speaks with jazz pianist, composer, and Berklee Professor Laszlo Gardony about his life, career, and work.

 

 


WICN Contributing Writer Doug Hall spoke with Phil Haynes recently for his Talk About Jazz series on Belmont Media. Give this conversation a listen:

 


WICN Contributing Writer Doug Hall spoke with the multitalented Veronica Leahy recently for his All About Jazz interview series on Belmont Media. You can stream their conversation in full here:

 


WICN Contributing Writer Doug Hall spoke with Gabriela Martina recently on his All About Jazz show on Belmont Media. You can hear their conversation in full here:

 


WICN Contributing Writer Doug Hall spoke with trombonist and bandleader Jennifer Wharton recently on his All About Jazz show on Belmont Media. You can hear their conversation in full here:

 


Gabriel Jonas is a jazz guitarist from Bordeaux, France. He is currently enrolled at Berklee College of Music, as a double major in both Film & Media Scoring and Performance.

He has already played in some large venues in Boston including the House of Blues, and at MGM Fenway Hall as lead guitar player for the Singers Showcase Girl On Fire – The Music of Alicia Keys, where he got to play alongside the Berklee alum and alto sax star Grace Kelly.

As part of a Snarky Puppy ensemble, he has also been mentored by Marty Walsh (formerly a session guitarist player for Donny Summer, Supertramp, Christopher Cross, and Randy Crawford, amongst others)

As a performance major at Berklee, he is actively part of a variety of student bands playing weekly, sharing the stage at Berklee campus studios.

He is in the process of composing his first selections of original music and continuing to perform live in and around the Boston area.

WICN Contributing Writer Doug Hall spoke with Gabriel about his journey thus far:

 


On this episode, WICN contributing writer and podcast host Doug Hall chats with Jon Irabagon, Filipino-American-born free-jazz saxophonist, soloist, composer, bandleader, educator, and producer (as founder of Irabbagast Records).

A graduate of both the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Irabagon has been composing and collaborating with both acclaimed experimental jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson and seminal free-jazz saxophonist and composer John Zorn, with whom he recently performed at the Roulette in Brooklyn.

Irabagon has also released two recordings in February of 2024, Recharge the Blade and Survivalism, which you’ll hear about on this podcast.


Gabriel Jonas is a jazz guitarist from Bordeaux, France. He is enrolled in the Berklee College of Music as a double major in Film & Media Scoring and Performance.

He has already played in large Boston venues, including the House of Blues and the MGM Fenway Hall as lead guitar player for the Singers Showcase “Girl On Fire – The Music of Alicia Keys,” where he got to play alongside the Berklee Alumni and Alto Sax star Grace Kelly.

As part of a Snarky Puppy Berklee ensemble, he has also been mentored by Marty Walsh (formerly a session guitarist player for Donna Summer, Supertramp, Christopher Cross, and Randy Crawford amongst others).

As a performance major at Berklee, he is actively part of a variety of student bands playing every week, sharing the stage at Berklee campus studios.

Gabriel Jonas is composing his first selections of original music and continuing to perform live in and around the Boston area. You can hear their full conversation now:


On this episode, Doug Hall chats with guitarist Mike Mele, a cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music. Mele is a prominent educator and has taught guitar lessons through The Music Emporium in Lexington, Massachusetts for over twenty-five years. He has also taught at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Sharon Music Academy, and Bentley College, and currently is a music teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Mike Mele spent the last thirty years performing with many jazz and blues greats, including Roy HargroveAntonio HartTony MonacoBill PierceJoe HuntBarry RiesMarty RowenMelvin Sparks, and Myanna Pontoppidan. Mele is a member of the Ken Clark Organ Trio and recorded the albums Eternal Funk and Mutual Respect for the distinguished Severn Records label. He is also a longstanding member of Michelle Willson‘s Evil Gal Festival Orchestra, which has toured North America and Europe and released the critically acclaimed album Wake-Up Call for Rounder Records.
Listen to their full conversation here:

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