Improvisations To Go

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper hosted our June Dialogue, as we got out of lockdown and took the train with Todd Steed. He was our tour guide for his pre-COVID jazz music travelogue that became the podcast, “Improvisations to Go”. 

In the fith episode, Todd ventures to Memphis in search of what makes that city irrestiblle.  He talks with Malvin Massey about the mystery of why jazz seemed to leave Memphis.  Also, Donald Brown weighs in with some wonderful history. 

In this episode, Todd sends a love letter to trains, tea and good company.  How does blues fit into jazz?  Why is there an entire episode based in Yazoo City? The Poseidon Adventure, really? Find out all the answers here.

Melissa Cardona

In this episode, Todd gets out there with Byron Asher, Aurora Nealand and more.  This is the last New Orleans episode and it ends with a.... bang?

Todd Steed

In episode two, Todd meets with several local musicians to discuss the impact of hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans jazz scene and finds there are lessons from that disaster that could apply to today. 

In episode one, Todd Steed takes a train to New Orleans to explore the very history of jazz. Along the way, he talks to local legends, eats too much fabulous food, and finds himself opening up just enough to dance on the street.

Each of the individual interviews will posted online at the completion of the series. 

Original music performed by Daniel Kimbro, Hunter Deacon, John Harvey,  David Dayoub and Todd Steed. Recorded at Top Hat Recording in Knoxville.

Aaron Greenwald discusses his new job as Managing Director of Big Ears Festival.