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Lou Volpe's Jazz Cast

If you love music join NYC guitar artist Lou Volpe on his weekly podcast. The “Jazz Cast” will feature interviews from industry insiders, tips on guitar technique (solo style and with a group), composition, some interesting stories about performing and recording with various musical artists and of course Lou’s jazz music. Visit us online at www.louvolpejazz.com and be sure to subscribe to our podcast.
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If you love music join NYC guitar artist Lou Volpe on his weekly podcast. The “Jazz Cast” will feature interviews from industry insiders, tips on guitar technique (solo style and with a group), composition, some interesting stories about performing and recording with various musical artists and of course Lou’s jazz music. 

Nov 22, 2016

Episode #16 brings you into Jazz Guitar and shows you some of the nuts and bolts of Lou’s writing and arranging for guitar, jazz trio, and  a big band. 

Included is a new big band arrangement on a song that Lou is writing but orchestrating it here with guitars rather than horns. Enjoy!

 

Sep 5, 2016

This latest episode talks about how different melodies, rhythms, music styles, or a particular sound or tone of the lead instrument or voice can effect the listener's emotions: to feel happy or sad or melancholy, or joyful, exhilarated or just plain old feel-good. 

"Whether you hear John Coltrane on the tenor or soprano saxophone, or Carlos Santana hitting that beautiful perfect note at just the right moment, or any breathtaking moment, you can experience energy, or relaxed or just feel great!"

Piano and guitar "trade-offs" are also highlighted as the rhythm and the pulse build-up throughout this podcast.

Jul 28, 2016
This episode focuses on rhythm, in particular the rhythm guitar. 
The importance of a good feeling "groove" is demonstrated in a live performance featuring a wonderful drummer and fine percussionist. 
 
Lou says, "I find I get such a positive response to my music when the audience "feels" the rhythm. They relate more to the song and the performance."
 
 
A spirited live version of Lou's ASTRAL ISLAND (from a concert at Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium) is included along with other examples of studio tracks and "live in studio" guitar work to feature rhythm guitar!

 

Jun 16, 2016

Hear Lou play "live" at the club and in the studio as the Blues, Jazz, and Contemporary Jazz are demonstrated and talked about.

Original songs and productions are used to show the different styles and rhythms (grooves) that the guitar is at home with and enhances. 

Guitar and piano interplay is demonstrated on Lou's original "If You Should Leave".

A good episode for listening, feeling "up" and great for Driving!

May 17, 2016

Visit the studio and the live stage with Lou talking about his style of producing or arranging a song for recording or a "live show".

Plus, some double guitar tracks of original music dedicated to and in the spirit of John Coltrane, Herbie Mann and Lou's Jazz Quartet.

21.5 minutes of perfect drive-time and listening grooves in this episode!

Apr 28, 2016

This latest episode plays and talks about songs and composing ideas. Good rhythm and different grooves, then arranging a piece for a big band plus a string section for a Jazz Guitar point of view.

Hear some new takes on tunes from Lou's CDs.

A technique for writing melodies and lead parts is explored also. Like riffing over various chord patterns. And more.

Mar 28, 2016

Listen to a "live" performance of  the new arrangement of "Tenderly" with the trio. A guitar solo leads into a swing rhythm with the bass and drums a la Ray Brown and Shelley Manne. Somewhat reminiscent of a Barney Kessel (one of Lou's favorite guitarists) production.

Hear the "guitar choir" backing the melody on an alternate take of "Spanish Harlem" from the "Undercovers" CD.

There is also a 3 guitar rendition of Lou's "Can You Hear That?". And more... like the almost finished groove of "Gretsch Groove"

Mar 14, 2016

This episode features a visit to the studio with guitar playing "live" to tracks of the rhythm section from the new CD, "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes".

 Lou talks about his first harmony and arranging teacher and writing a new harmony or different chord structure for a melody. The standard tune, "It Could Happen To You" is played to show this "re-harmony".  

Rhythm grooves and combinations are discussed and demonstrated on an up-tempo arrangement of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise".

There is also a new rendition of Lou's "Sweet Miss 'T'" with two guitars.

Feb 23, 2016

Follow Lou into the recording process from guitar demo to a master recording session for his "Hear And Now" CD featuring versions of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise".

Jazz Guitar for TV is also explored in this episode during Lou's segment on being staff guitarist for the Dick Cavett Show.

Feb 5, 2016

This podcast features Lou playing and talking about his first arrangements and compositions. Judy Collins' live performances would feature Lou's guitar and composing skills, which led to many arranging and production gigs in New York.

There is also a sample of one of Lou's big band recording sessions! Including his Jazz guitar roots.

Jan 13, 2016

Hear Lou talk about integrating the music and harmonies of the great and innovative John Coltrane into his guitar playing, composing, and solos. How the star of the Miles Davis' group would re-harmonize...almost re-write songs of the great American composers: George and Ira Gershwin, Nancy Hamilton, Morgan Lewis, Cole Porter. Lou demonstrates this music on the guitar along and with his group and talks about how studying it, developing a technique from it and living with the music note for note influenced his music and his world.

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