Monday, May 18, 2009

All About Jazz and The Jazz Session Announce Partnership

World's Top Jazz Website Teams with Top Jazz Podcast 18 MAY 2009 -- has joined forces with the popular jazz interview show The Jazz Session to bring high-quality interviews with jazz musicians to a wider audience.

"Jason Crane and I have worked together for several years and closely aligning our two properties makes perfect sense as we move forward," said All About Jazz founder and publisher Michael Ricci. "AAJ already publishes weekly interviews, and including The Jazz Session to our roster will raise the entertainment value at the website and further add to our already impressive coverage of jazz."

"There aren't many people doing in-depth audio interviews with jazz musicians," said Jason Crane, host and producer of The Jazz Session. "On The Jazz Session, we focus on the music and also the stories behind the music. And we let the musicians do most of the talking. I'm very excited to bring the show to All About Jazz, and integrate what I do with their weekly Monday feature. The Jazz Session and All About Jazz are a very good fit.

"The partnership launches with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Masekela had a chart hit in the 1960s with his tune, "Grazin' In The Grass," and his career spans five decades. Upcoming shows will feature vibraphonist Gary Burton, vocalist Claudia Acuna, bandleader Arturo O'Farrill, and pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg.Crane has taken The Jazz Session to the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY, and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, MA. He and Ricci plan to increase the show's profile at festivals across the country, starting with a return to the Tanglewood Jazz Festival this summer."Our idea is conduct interviews right in front of the same crowds who show up to listen to the music. Then those interviews will be online, so even if you can't make it to the festival, you can feel like you were there."

About All About Jazz is the leading and longest running jazz music website, attracting both enthusiasts and industry professionals while reaching nearly one million unique visitors per month.

A daily resource of impressive depth and breadth, publishes and syndicates a variety of jazz-oriented content and is the only jazz website capable of serving geo-targeted advertisements and news.

As a social enterprise, is committed to raising the awareness of jazz's cultural significance and historical legacy while playing an essential role in promoting the creative leaders of today. is a 7-time winner of the prestigious Jazz Journalist Association award, and is the highest ranked jazz website according to,, Google, Yahoo and All About Jazz is an AOL Music Network partner and its content appears weekly at

About The Jazz Session

The Jazz Session, is a weekly jazz interview show hosted and produced by jazz broadcaster Jason Crane. The online show has seen well over 200,000 downloads of its 60 episodes. The show features interviews with jazz masters such as Sonny Rollins and Chico Hamilton, along with musicians from more recent generations such as the trio Fly, Kate McGarry, John Ellis = 13644 and Jason Moran.

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