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 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. 

May 22, 2020

Lou talks about the group in the studio, where the band is featured on his arrangement of "Go To My Head".

Also highlighted in this episode are a few rousing and rhythmic new compositions. One blues tune is built on a strong bass line for the groove. Hope you like it!

May 15, 2020

Lou previews the new version of his "Seriously", which he wrote and produced after a week in the studio with Miles and Bassist Marcus Miller.

This episode starts off featuring rhythm and groove with a tribute to Brazilian percussionist, the late and great Dom Um Romao, soars through with some recent compositions and ends with Lou's most recent "Think About That". Enjoy!

May 8, 2020

Lou unveils his new song dedicated to the magic of living in Hollywood and the beautiful Laurel Canyon in L.A.

Hear about Lou's guitar feature during the Judy Collins Show. A song called "Fine Wine" is highlighted here.

Fresh new original songs are also featured along with his group of Bob Cranshaw on bass, Onaje on piano and Buddy Williams on the drums. Plus, an acoustic version Lou's soon to be released "A TO Z". Enjoy!

May 1, 2020

This new episode has Lou talking about his "discovery" of Big Bands when on the way home from his guitar lesson, he saw the great Maynard Ferguson playing with the big band at the Metropole on this tiny stage! A lasting impression was made. Right after that, Lou started studying arranging with some top arrangers around town.

Hear Jazz Guitar play orchestrations on multiple guitars to simulate the different horn sections in a big band. WE HOPE YOU LIKE IT!

Apr 24, 2020

Hear Lou talk about and perform music associated with and played by the great Cannonball Adderely. His music played an important role  on Lou's studies, and developing a tone and technique. Lou demonstrates how the saxophone master affected his playing and composing. A "feel good" groove was one of Cannon's trademarks. (And Miles had both Cannonball and Trane in his band at one time!)

Also, this episode includes some of Lou's latest compositions, many of which were truly influenced by the great alto saxophonist's sound and rhythm.

Plus a "live" and rousing up tempo of "Things".

Hope you enjoy!

Apr 17, 2020

Hear Lou play 10 snippets of his latest songs for an upcoming project along with a salute to one of his most influential mentors, Mc Coy Tyner. Different rhythms and harmonies are explored with various guitar tones to make this latest podcast truly special. We hope you like it!

Apr 10, 2020

This episode features Lou playing "clear tone" style on some of his songs from the past, a few spontaneous compositions arranged for two guitars, and a story about meeting and playing with guitar great, Larry Coryell. Hear Lou's new JAZZY "BLUES TO LARRY". Plus a solo take on his original "PRECIOUS JEWEL" Hope you like it!

Apr 3, 2020

More of Lou's recent compositions are on display along with originals and standards he recorded or played with 2 of his favorite former employers: Chaka Khan and Herbie Mann. Hear Lou talk about and play music from his time at the iconic Atlantic Records recording studio. He got to know and play for the great producer Arif Mardin while working at Atlantic. Enjoy the set!

Mar 27, 2020

This latest episode presents Lou's latest writings in sketch form along with a totally orchestrated master recording. The sketches demonstrate the different grooves and rhythms of these harmonically rich new tunes. Enjoy!

Mar 20, 2020

Hear Lou play PART 2 of his JAZZ GUITAR AND BLUESY new songs. A strong tone and a solo-istic approach to the melody statement gives these tunes a new twist and vibrant color. Enjoy!

Mar 13, 2020

This episode features melodies and"heads" or lead lines performed with a feeling of playing a solo rather than a rigid statement of the melody. 

Lou performs some of his latest compositions with this concept in mind while demonstrating a soulful portrayal of these new songs.

Also included are a few brand new renditions of some of Lou's tunes which were released on previous recordings. Enjoy.

Mar 6, 2020

GUITAR VOICES ON ORIGINAL AND CLASSIC COMPOSITIONS are featured in this week's new episode. Hear Lou play solo guitar versions of some standards along with refreshing new takes of previously released and soon to be released renditions of his own tunes and riffs! 

Feb 28, 2020

Spontaneous renditions of these original and classic songs meet studio/arranged versions showing the different attitudes of these 2 methods of performance. Sometimes the "off the cuff" recordings are more powerful than the thought out, pre-determined ones. Plus, a few new compositions added to the mix. Hope you enjoy!

Feb 21, 2020

This new episode continues last week's format with PART 2 of BLUESY-JAZZY Guitar renditions of Lou's latest compositions featuring demos and their Master versions as he introduces excerpts from the soon-to-be released "BEFORE AND AFTER" album on Jazz Guitar Records.

A few new songs are also performed with a look back at a Herbie Mann classic groove from when he was writing and playing for the great flutist.

Hope you like it!

Feb 14, 2020

Guitarist Lou Volpe takes you on a tour of demos to Masters of his latest creations showing original demo versions and the evolution to final Masters. Different Contemporary and Latin rhythms are used to make unique and strong grooves for the soon to be released "BEFORE AND AFTER" and beyond. Enjoy!

Jan 7, 2019

This latest jazzcast features a live Quartet version of Green Dolphin Street (inspired by Lou's time playing with Herbie Hancock) along with the latest compositions written for the new album, "Before and After".

Listen to studio versions of new music along with standards as Lou plays a spirited performance of a jazz standard!

Hear the music used to demo the feel and groove of the latest upcoming release.


Aug 24, 2018

Join Lou on a journey from the composing desk to the recording studio and to the concert stage.

Lou shares his songwriting methods with sketches of compositions for the new album.

Then into the studio and on to the concert performance stage with the Quartet. 

Different guitar tones and sounds are featured throughout this high energy podcast.

Jan 23, 2018

From "straight ahead" to Contemporary, the trio and Guitar Choir are showcased in this episode of original compositions.

Rhythm and groove come first. Then, different guitar sounds and musical backdrops to bring out some of the best of Lou's unique style. Enjoy!

Oct 10, 2017

This episode features different guitar tones and sounds to demonstrate how they can affect the overall attitude and message of the melody or the whole song.

Hear Lou play a live solo from his last concert at the Dizzy Gillespie Theater along with other originals and standards.

The acoustic guitar sound is also used to hear the great contrast of tone.

Aug 3, 2017

This latest podcast brings out Lou's "Les Paul" roots in a few American standards.

An original piece, "Perseguidor de Suenos" uses a waltz or triplet feeling against a samba groove on top of a Spanish inspired melody!

The idea of simple and beautiful Melodies are also explored along with a "live" version of a classic.


May 13, 2017

The basics of arranging music for a recording session are explored as Lou plays a new take on Stella.

The big band is back in this episode with a rousing Trumpet section, not to mention the Trombones, Saxes and Rhythm section!

An acoustic guitar tone is featured on the pensive "Mountain Stream".

The Quartet is also highlighted in this recording from our concert last year at the Dizzy Gillespie Theater. A new take on a classic.

Mar 30, 2017

Listen to multiple guitars respond and "play off" each other in the first segment with "But Not Really For Me".

Hear an arrangement written for a full orchestra, but played with different guitar sounds and tones to simulate the different instrument parts.

Also featured in this episode is a little story about Lou's sessions for the great Miles Davis and "guitar sounds".

And a live performance with the Quartet and Green Dolphin Street.


Jan 27, 2017

Get an up-close view of jazz guitar duo playing a fresh take on a few of Lou's original tunes and the trio live with a different interpretation of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic".

Also in this Episode is a little story of Lou's meeting and playing with George Benson for the first time.

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.

Dec 2, 2015

New York City guitarist Lou Volpe talks about his performances and recordings with the great Bette Midler, his first major tour, the lifestyle of rehearsing and playing in LA (Hollywood to be exact) and features guitar performances of music he wrote and played from that time. Also discussed is a technique he developed for solo guitar playing inspired by the legendary piano greats of jazz, like Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flannigan, Hank Jones and others. The acoustic guitar is used to demonstrate this style.

Sep 23, 2015

Lou shares some behind the scenes experiences and some funny scenarios while working as a theater or Broadway show musician playing in the orchestra pit. Movie and entertainer legend, Mickey Rooney was starring in a production Lou was playing in. Hear how Mickey got into the hearts of all the musicians in the orchestra.

Also covered is Lou's first "Guitar Seminar & Class". A 6 week course with the goal of getting 20 students with guitar skills ranging from total beginner to advanced guitarist, to feel and play the blues and perform George Harrison's "My Guitar Gently Weeps". A lofty challenge for sure. But, hear how these students rose to the occasion.

Aug 13, 2015

In this episode Lou talks about his first guitar teacher who had a very unusual teaching technique, his first meeting with Les Paul during his high school days, playing with Les at the Irridium in New York City a few years ago and learning to arrange for big band through lessons with guitarist, Sal Salvador. 

He also reflects on his gigs with Roberta Flack, some pre-show rituals of various groups and a tribute concert honoring George Harrison.... Along with some music associated with these wonderful artists. 


Aug 11, 2015

We talk about and listen to music and some stories behind the music while playing guitar accompanying the great soul singer, Chaka Khan, the always amazing Grammy winning pianist, Herbie Hancock and the legendary Freddie Hubbard on trumpet.

Hear Lou play his versions of songs he did with these great icons of Jazz, plus talk a little about Arif Mardin at Atlantic Records and the impromptu gig he played with the great Freddie Hubbard at Italy's Perugia Jazz Festival!

Aug 11, 2015

Thanks for joining us on our first podcast. In our first episode jazz guitar artist Lou Volpe from New York City talks about jazz music, technique, composition and shares some stories about preforming and recording with musical artists Herbie Mann and Peggy Lee.