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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. 

Apr 9, 2021

Episode #85 continues the "GUITAR MELODIES" series with new harmony and cadences behind a strong flowing melody line.

Hear it on WALTZ THE GOOD LIFE, BRILLIANT CHANGE, EYES OF JOY, APRIL MOON, GOOD FROM DAY ONE, and the special EMBARCADERO.

To you with love from Studio "V". Enjoy!

Apr 2, 2021

A new review of our "BEFORE AND AFTER" album came in this week where the reviewer said the lead guitar takes the place of any lead voice so we decided to feature the guitar melody on this new Jazzcast!

From the punchy rhythm part of "RIGHT NOW OF COURSE" to the soft-tonal melody on "WALKING MELODY" you can hear the lead guitar "singing" over a chordal backdrop.

We hope you like it!

Mar 26, 2021

The latest episode from Studio "V" is all about interplay, action and reaction between the rhythm and lead guitar voices.

Hear the dialogue on: HEMISPHERE, A NEW CONVERSATION, ARJUNA'S QUEST, triple guitars on DOUBLE STRUT DANCING, IN THE LOVELY FOREST and IT'S A JOY FROM DAY ONE.

Enjoy!

Mar 19, 2021

This episode puts the spotlight on lead jazz guitar melodies from simple and melodic to more sophisticated, rhythmic and percussive  lead lines. 

Hear the clear-tone on Lou's latest using rhythm guitar, bass and lead guitars to tell the stories of:

ARRIVAL CITY, LOVELY NIGHT, THE ROAD YOU TRAVEL, A HIGHER GROUND, INFINITE CHANGE and a special duo/lead guitar and bass arrangement of ROAD YOU TRAVEL.

Enjoy!

Mar 12, 2021

This episode starts off with a groove inspired by the great Cannonball Adderley and a melody and harmony from Lou's latest collection of clear-tone compositions. Check out "ANY DAY NOW".

Hope you like it!

Mar 5, 2021

Hear Lou's new collection of originals in this Jazzcast featuring clear-tone and Sweet Melodies.

Check out the interplay between rhythm and leads on:

OUT AND BACK TO YOU, DUDLEY the cool, FUGUE IN BLUE, CHANGES IN THE WIND, CRYSTAL BALL, CHANGES IN THE WIND, and BEING THERE.

Enjoy!

Feb 26, 2021

Intrigue and warm melodies over a bed of moving rhythm are featured in this latest episode. Hear Lou's newest on:

WALTZ OF WORDS, THAT'S A GOOD SIGN, A MEMORY (VIGNETTE), THIRD MOVE, GOOD START, DOUBLE DELIGHT and A SHADE OF VIOLET.

Enjoy!

Feb 19, 2021

This new episodes brings the latest production from Studio "V" featuring long lines and flowing leads over some moving harmony.

The songs: IT'S IN THE CURVES, FORK IN THE ROAD, A PLAY ON WORDS,GORGEOUS STAR NIGHT, THE HOPPER, ISLAND RETREAT and A SHADE OF VIOLET

We had a great time putting this jazzcast together. Hope you like it!

Feb 12, 2021

Clear tone and solid rhythm are the backdrop for this compilation of Lou's latest episode.

Hear the clarity and harmony on: SUMMER FREIGHT TRAIN, "A LOOK FORWARD (suite part 1)", "part 2", "HAPPY VAL" and the dancing groove of "AT THE SQUARE". (courtesy of Cosmic ConsciousnessMusic) 

Enjoy!

 

Feb 5, 2021

This new episode features Lou's latest tunes spotlighting the harmony and rhythm guitar's role as keeper of the "feeling".

Hear this idea on: "STARS IN MY EYES', "STRONGER EVERY DAY", "GONE TO SEED", "ARE YOU THERE?" and "ONE AND ONLY". PLUS a new rendition/production idea on "LOVE DANCE".

Enjoy!

Jan 29, 2021

This new episode from Studio "V" features smooth melody lines against a strong harmony and moving rhythm.

Hear Lou play this idea on his latest: "HOLLYWOOD RIDE", SKY PASS", "SPORT WALTZ", "STRAIGHT FROM THE BOOK," "AFTER THE STORM" and "EYES OF NIGHT".

We like it and hope you do also!

 

Jan 22, 2021

These newest compositions feature Lou's phrasing influenced by his years of listening to and trying to imitate and play like the great saxophone masters of jazz and soul.

Bird, Trane, Cannonball, Ben Webster, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah- just too many.... were so important in shaping Lou's musical sense of melody & harmony.

We hope you like it! 

Jan 15, 2021

This latest collection of originals from Studio "V" explores new harmony and rhythm structure to showcase the clear-tone sound and smooth melody on the guitar. Two songs from Lou's past Jazzcasts that fall into this category are revisited, "ALBONDIGAS ROAD" and "OCTOBER STRETCH"

There is also a dedication to Lou's late and great brother Ronnie who was a wonderful saxophonist.

We hope you like it! Enjoy.

Jan 8, 2021

Hear Lou recount his wonderful but awkward meeting with his idol at the club where Wes was performing.

The latest compositions from Studio "V" salute the spirit and feeling of the wonderful and masterful Wes Montgomery.

This weeks songs are: MORNING LIGHT SUITE parts 1 and 2, ONE FOR WES, MARQUIS DU JOUR and SKY VIEW DRIVE.

Enjoy!

 

Jan 1, 2021

These new tunes from Studio "V" will start the year off just right. Hear Lou's rhythm guitar become the lead focus and then step back to support the harmony and interplay with the melody.

The featured titles for this week's presentation are: FINEST DREAM, NOW WAIT A MINUTE, AND THEN YOU'RE HERE!, NEW MARK AND STELLAR STARRY NIGHT (cosmic consciousness music).

 

We hope you enjoy it! Have a Happy Wonderful New Year!

Dec 25, 2020

The latest Jazzcast from Studio "V" puts a spotlight on Lou's harmony structure in these new tunes.

Hear simplicity and sophistication combine as a backdrop for the melodies on: "HELLO FRIDAY NIGHT", "A FEEL GOOD WISH FOR YOU", "PRECIOUS RIFF", "UNSPOKEN THOUGHTS" and "GOOD CONVERSATION" dedicated to one of Lou's favorite bosses, the great trumpeter, Chet Baker. PLUS a studio track from "Remembering Ol' Blue Eyes".

Enjoy!

 

Dec 18, 2020

Studio "V"  presents its latest feature Jazzcast with highlights of Latin, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Samba.

"THE RIGHT ATTITUDE", LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING UP", "THE SPORTS MODEL", "SATIN JAM" and the brand new "DECEMBER DREAM".

We hope you like it!

Dec 11, 2020

This new release from Studio "V" features some swing along with soul and blues grooves, melodies and rhythms.

Lou unveils a new tune dedicated to the late and great tabla player, Badal Roy and flute icon, Herbie Mann.

Hear the soulful renditions of "BACK YARD SWING", BEACH WALK", "HERBIE'S WHISPER", AFTER THOUGHT", "PLACE IN LINE" and a studio track with the band recording "TRAVEL LIGHT".

We hope you like it!

Dec 4, 2020

Hear Lou's latest creations laced with the blues and jazz under the influence of Oliver Nelson, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Roy Haynes.

Clear and pure tone is the feature sound on:NUMBER UNO, DON'T BE LATE, OLIVER'S TUNE, ASTRAL VIGNETTE and OPERA FOR TODAY (one of Lou's favorites!)

Enjoy! 

Nov 27, 2020

This new episode spotlights the "clear-tone" sound of Lou's latest music from blues, samba, jazz, straight-ahead and soul.

Check out the rhythm & harmonies on "WHAT COUNTRY! (an interplay)" which features a duet setting allowing an inter-action between the rhythm and lead guitars. Also included is a salute to the great percussionist, Bobby Thomas when he was with Lou in the Herbie Mann group.

Hope you like it!

Nov 20, 2020

The latest from Studio "V" .puts a spotlight on Lou's latest compositions with a wave and a hug to his friends and musical brothers and sisters in Japan.

The clear-tone guitar sound is featured on:

DISTANT WAVE, DON'T BE BLUE, SAPPORO SIGH and  QUESTION THE ANSWER.

Enjoy!

Nov 13, 2020

Lou features his newest tunes with a focus on tone and groove. Hear the the clear sound and rhythm on:

TRUE STRETCH, CONTINENTAL JOURNEY, SASSY & SWEET, NIGHTIME INTRIGUE, CENTER STAGE and RIVERSIDE DRIVING.

Enjoy!

Nov 6, 2020

Sweet jazz guitar sounds blended with funky soul, samba, and straight ahead rhythms and jazz harmonies provide the backdrop for this new episode from Studio "V".

Lou's latest composition, "DAY DRIVER" starts off the set with 3 guitars featuring the sound of fulness, crystal clarity, sheen and a nice groove.

"ALL AROUND TOWN", "NEW BOSS", "TRIED AND TRUE" and the very bluesy "STAR WALTZ" finish off this collection of originals.

We hope you enjoy it! 

Oct 30, 2020

More of the latest songs are featured on this new array of Lou's original ideas on melody, harmony, rhythm and grooves. Most of these tunes are being groomed for a new release in the near future.

There's even a dedication to Lou's champion, the great Les Paul.

Listen to the clear full-tone sound on the rhythm and lead guitars to: ONE FOR ALL, DON'T KEEP ME WAITING, RHUBARB RED, RISE TO THE OCCASION, SOLO SIDE, and LOVE & PEACE TO YOU.

Enjoy!

Oct 23, 2020

In these trying times, Studio "V" offers this latest episode dedicated to understanding through music. The clear tones and straight forward joyful harmonies and rhythms featured here are Lou's offering to peace and love being featured and highlighted  in our lives.

DARK STREET BLUE, MOUNTAIN'S EDGE, IN THE CLEAR, and CHANGE OF SCENERY are our new compositions for this week.

Enjoy!

Oct 16, 2020

This episode features a new phase of Lou"s composing/melodic content displayed in the latest tunes: "ON THE TRAIL', "COOL COMMENT", "TWILIGHT , AND THEN THE STARS" and culminating  with "SONATA INSPIRE".

Of course, crystal clear tones are also on display throughout this latest release from Studio "V".

Enjoy!

Oct 9, 2020

Listen to the swing groove on "SEPTEMBER SKY" to start off this collection of current Jazz Guitar harmonies and rhythms.

The latest from Studio "V", Episode #59, features Lou exploring the "question & answer" technique in the back and forth going on between rhythm and lead guitars like in "AT THE (SPEED OF) SOUND", "CASTAWAYS", "YOU CAN'T MISS IT" and others.

We hope you like it!

Oct 2, 2020

Lou blends some Les Paul sounds in with his pure Cleartone Jazz colors on this latest batch of new compositions. Groove and rhythm are the foundation for this episode.

On some of these arrangements, you can hear the rhythm guitar trade front stage spotlight with the lead or melody lead.

We hope you like it!

Sep 25, 2020

2 and 3 guitar orchestration continues to shine on this episode of Lou's newest tunes highlighting tone, harmony and rhythm with a dedication to his former boss, the great Judy Collins.

The songs: "Ever New And Blue", "Village Vista" (inspired by Lou's time with the brilliant pianist, Tanya Maria in Morocco.), "Clear Night", "High Mark","Finer Vision", and "On The Country Side".

Enjoy!

 

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Sep 18, 2020

This latest Jazzcast features Lou talking about Guitar (and Flumpet) tone and textures as he recounts his introduction to the intriguing tone and phrasing of jazz great, Art Farmer.

Listen to his performances showcasing tone, harmony and expression on the new- "SOFT TOUCH", "CANNON GROOVE", "EXPRESSION CAFE", "AT THE JUNCTION" and "GOING GOING GONE".

Enjoy!

 

Sep 11, 2020

This new edition of louvolpejazz.com presents the latest compositions and rhythmic ventures in solo guitar pieces along with some double or triple guitar orchestrations.

Listen to these melodies and  rhythms along with occasional "vignettes" or short "motifs" in between the tunes, such as: NEW OLD CITY, DOMENICO BLUE, UPSTREAMIN', I LOVE AUGUST, ADMIRATION AND WONDER, SEA RIFF, MOTIF #1, MOTIVATE, 2 STEP 3 STEP... and a few others.

We hope you enjoy Lou's latest!

Sep 4, 2020

This newest episode features some adventurous harmonies and rhythms in Lou's most recent compositions.

Also included is a dedication to Les Paul, "JAMMiN' ON 46th STREET". Lou talks about the jam sessions after his guitar lesson at Sal Salvador's studio where Les Paul joined the group every Thursday night! A good time was had by all.

Straight ahead jazz tones and crystal clear sounds are featured throughout this new set of music.

Enjoy!

Aug 28, 2020

This episode starts off simply with some basic chord sounds and harmonies and then showcases a more intricate multi-guitar arrangement of the new "ALL AROUND TOWN".

Also in this jazzcast, Lou remembers his recording sessions with the great jazz organist (and trumpeter), Joey Di Francesco. And talks about his empathy with the blues. "UP FRONT STREET" is dedicated to Joey.

Enjoy!

Aug 21, 2020

This episode continues to showcase Lou's latest compositions.

Also included is a dedication to one of Volpe's favorite guitarists: studio musician and Strat-master, John Platania. Lou met John on a Judy Collins tour and became a fan and friend.

Listen to the ever-changing grooves, tones and harmony on: OVER AGAIN, EMOTIONAL RELAY,FANCY STYLE, IN TOWN, and  PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT.

Enjoy!

Aug 14, 2020

Lou talks about and demonstrates different cadences or chord changes behind a more lyrical melody.

This episode presents 5 new pieces: (ALLEY TALK, TWO TIMES, FOR ONLY ONE, FEEL IT ALL, INTENTIONS ARE GOOD) featuring harmony and solo-style leads over a strong rhythm groove. Plus, a re-visit to "TWO FACES".

Hope you like it!

Aug 7, 2020

We can't believe this is our 50th Jazzcast! Thanks for listening.

This latest episode features Lou's latest tunes with an emphasis on the Blues and Jazz sounds. 

Check out the "percolating" rhythm section on the new "RIVER WIDE" which also features some lush harmony and colors in the background.

Plus"BLUE STAR", "RIFF TIDES", "FORWARD EMOTION", "EVERYTIME" and "SOLO-ETTE". Enjoy!

Jul 31, 2020

Soul and tone are the main ingredients for Lou's latest collection of new songs and rhythms. Also included is a story about the loss of the beloved 1954 Fender Stratocaster!

Listen in to the sounds on: "NIGHTWALK", "WHAT YOU MEAN", "BE TRUE TO YOU", "IN A JAM", "OCCASIONAL DISCUSSION", and "EASY ONE".

Enjoy!

Jul 24, 2020

The latest songs and rhythm techniques are introduced in Lou's new collection of original compositions.

Modes and melodies are the theme of this newest episode! 

Hear Volpe demonstrate a "stop the beat" style of melodic statement where multiple guitars and bass all play a unison line.

Enjoy.

Jul 17, 2020

You can feel the beat, the rhythm and the groove for sure on this latest episode. A different way to state the melody is used on Lou's newest "EVENING RUSH HOUR" where he "doubles" the solo-type lead line with 2 guitars playing in unison.

Also featured in these latest compositions are "FINEST LINE", "FREE JAM", "TIME RIVER", and a special dedication to one of Lou's good friends with "STANDING BY".

Enjoy the music!

Jul 10, 2020

Lou uses multiple clear-tone guitars playing the melodies to these vibrant new works.

Somewhat reminiscent, at times to the multi guitar leads of the Allman Brothers, but with a Jazz or a  Samba attitude. Some of the "heads" are harmonized for multiple guitars the way you would arrange for a saxophone or woodwind section.

We hope you like it!

Jul 3, 2020

This latest Jazzcast unveils Lou's most recent creations with the memory and feeling of his time with the great Herbie Hancock woven into each song. "His comping behind my solos edged me on to wonderful ideas and rhythms", Volpe says.

Hear the latest songs to come out of Studio "V":

THE NIGHT BECOMES YOU, BY THE BOULEVARD, LIGHT VIGIL, FANTASY 2 COUPE, GRATITUDE and OUT THERE AND BACK.

Jun 26, 2020

The great San Kenton called his big band "THE COLORS IN SOUND to hint at the various sound textures he used (blending the instruments tones. A lyrical melody is enhanced (or colored) with another instrument doubling the line.

Stan Kenton did it using different instruments (for example: french horn and saxophone or). In this episode, Lou has two guitars with different tone qualities playing the melody, like a "doubling" effect. It can be like a burst of colorful tone.

Enjoy!

 

Jun 19, 2020

EPISODE #43 PRESENTS A PALETTE OF CLEAR TONES ON ELECTRIC & ACOUSTIC JAZZ GUITAR SOUNDS.

Hear a new take on Lou's "KEEP ON DANCING THE DANCE" along with the country type groove on "BEE'S FLAT ON THE RANGE", "SAMBA GALORE", "PROWLER RIDE II" (with a strong bass line at the pulse). An alternate take on "COMING MY WAY" (featuring Mel Davis on keys), and a Miles influenced "QUIET DAYLIGHT" round out this set of original ventures.

We had a blast putting this one together, hope you like it. Enjoy!

Jun 12, 2020

This episode unveils Lou's latest songs in a colorful setting using different tones and layers of guitar sound to present a new soundscape for original music. Jazz, samba, blues and rock rhythms are featured here.

Giving your best and your all are discussed as Lou talks about some recording sessions with the great drummer, Steve Gadd, who showed him how important it is to always play with your best game and full enthusiasm and intensity. The wonderful bassist, Ron Carter was also on that date!

Also featured are a couple of studio pieces recorded with the band, Buddy Williams-drums, Stanley Banks-bass, and Onaje,Mel Davis and Delmar Brown-piano & keyboards. Enjoy!

Jun 5, 2020

Hear Lou's newest songs with the thoughts and feelings of some of his early idols like John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Charles Earland, Herbie Hancock and others (most of which he actually played with later in his career!).

Featured in this episode are "Haven Raven", "Ambush II", "Blues to You Too", "Coltrane of Thought", and his orchestral "Cousin's Concerto".

Enjoy!

May 29, 2020

SOME DIFFERENT HARMONIES AND RHYTHMS ARE EXPLORED IN THIS NEW JAZZCAST WHILE SPOTLIGHTING A MORE LIBERAL FRESH INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MELODY LINE. A MORE SOLO-ISTIC STYLE.

LOU TALKS ABOUT HIS FATHER'S LOVE OF THE BIG BAND STARS LIKE COUNT BASIE, CHARLIE BARNET AND THE DUKE.

INCLUDED IN THIS COLLECTION OF ORIGINALS ARE A FEW OF LOU'S CHOICE AND LATEST TUNES AND TOE-TAPPING GROOVES LIKE THE NEW "QUESTION AND ANSWER" AND "CLEAR THOUGHT".

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!

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