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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.

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  • Options November 19, 2022: Nick Lyons is an improvising alto saxophonist and composer from New York City. Settled in Brooklyn in 2005. He performs as a leader of eponymous trio with John Wagner and Pete Swanson | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options November 12, 2022: William Hooker (drummer,composer and poet) joins us to talk about his upcoming performance of "The Silver Fleece" at Roulette on November 13. | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options November 5, 2022: Che Chen has been an energetic presence in NYC’s experimental underground as a band leader, improviser and show organizer since moving here in the early 2000s. | See the playlist | Listen: MP3 - 128K | Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 30, 2022: Neighbor’s Noise fills in through August. Find today's show here.
  • Options July 23, 2022: Dave is off until September. Starting June 30 Neighbor's Noise with Jesse Kaminsky will be filling in. His playlist page is here. | See the playlist
  • Options July 16, 2022: Are We There Yet? with Tamar filled in. Find the show here.
  • Options July 9, 2022: For pioneering NYC composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist Kitty Brazelton, music is personal, and the personal is universal. The irrepressible Brazelton has always championed music’s power to unite—across genre, across tradition, across language. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 2, 2022: Ahmed Abdullah is a trumpeter, composer, and educator, was a prominent member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, currently leads the band Diaspora, is the Artistic Director of Sista's Place and teaches at the New School. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 25, 2022: Atmospheric Music Sound Sculptor In Residence and Experimental Music Artist, Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is a free jazz bass player, ambient music noise artist and improvisational avant garde jazz musician | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 18, 2022: LaDonna Smith is a violinist, violist, vocalist and musical impresario pioneering the field of free improvisation in America as an art form capable of ecstatic and explosive emotions, compositional clarity, lyricism and raw human expression. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 11, 2022: Robert Dick has utterly dispensed with preconceptions about what a flutist should sound like and what a flutist should play. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 28, 2022: George Cartwright is a Minnesota-based composer, performer, bandleader, producer and musical collaborator, with a prolific career spanning over 30 years. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 21, 2022: gabby fluke-mogul is a New York based improviser, composer, & educator. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 14, 2022: Baritonists Dave Sewelson and Claire Daly get sewious about music. No horsing around this time. Don't miss the fun. Low notes rule the world, but we will surprise you with some high tones, too | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 7, 2022: I'm so psyched to do this with Dave, my meditation buddy from so many years ago. Aram Bajakian is a guitar player who lived in New York for just over a decade but has been based in Vancouver for the past 9 years. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options April 30, 2022: Saxist Chad Fowler and drummer Steve Hirsh are half of a 4tet with pianist Eri Yamamoto and bassist William Parker. Their new album, Sparks, was/will be released on Mahakala Music the day before this broadcast. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options April 16, 2022: Irene filled in. Find the show here.
  • Options April 9, 2022: Mike L. filled in. Find the show here.
  • Options April 2, 2022: Dafna Naphtali is a singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician who composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music, drawing on a wide-ranging musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options March 26, 2022: Composer and pianist David Haney, and multi instrumentalist, Dave Storrs, present a revolutionary way to explore improvised music. The music from today's selections was recorded live from the amazing “Sound Shack,” in Corvallis, Oregon – the room that is | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options March 19, 2022: Cooper-Moore is a composer-improviser, instrumentalist, designer and builder of musical instruments, and music educator, living and working in New York City. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options March 12, 2022: Sachal Vasandani is recognized for his singular voice, with a tone and unique phrasing that mark him as one of the most compelling artists on the scene today. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options March 5, 2022: Since moving to New York in 2002, Sam Sadigursky continues to make a mark as both a leader and sideman across a broad spectrum of musical landscapes. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 29, 2022: Sara Schoenbeck visits the show to talk about inspirations and approaching improvisation from the double reeds chair. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 22, 2022: Detroit-bred, New York City-based songstress Felice Rosser plays dub and soul. Rosser’s voice is dark and smooth like molasses. She’s also a wicked bass player. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 15, 2022: Moscow born, three-time Grammy Award winning acoustic and electric bassist, composer and arranger, Boris Kozlov has been on New York and international jazz scenes for the past 35 years | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 8, 2022: California native Michael Vatcher, now residing in Amsterdam, quickly progressed from hitting household furniture to taking vibraphone and snare drum lessons as a child. Now he is a world renowned drummer | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 15, 2021: Paul Shapiro, saxophonist/composer is best known for his recordings on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 11, 2021: Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has said, “My hat’s off to her... already she’s found her own voice.” | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 4, 2021: Known for his spirited, highly imaginative, and innovative piano technique, Joel Futterman is an internationally recognized veteran pioneer into the frontiers of spontaneous, improvised music. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options October 30, 2021: Kaleigh Wilder is an improviser and sound sculptor. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options October 23, 2021: Once mentored by Elvin Jones, Chicago-based drummer Jimmy Bennington celebrates over a quarter of a century in the music field... | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options October 16, 2021: Joe McPhee is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist, and theoretician. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options October 9, 2021: Damon Smith is a master of bowed bass and well versed in the various incarnations of Jazz and free improvisation getting around playing with a wealth of international musicians | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options October 2, 2021: John Dikeman is an American saxophonist currently residing in Amsterdam. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, John’s playing runs the gamut of improvised music and technique. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options September 25, 2021: New York baritone saxophonist Claire Daly returns to Dave Sewelson's show for some rollicking fun, celebrating the life of John Coltrane and George Garzone (who both have birthdays on Sept 23rd), and some other notable artists.. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options September 18, 2021: Perhaps best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, arts organization consultant and all around visionary | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options September 11, 2021: Patrick Holmes from Austin,Texas. Clarinetist primarily self taught but has studied with Sabir Mateen,Andriy Milavsky and Connie Crothers. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options September 4, 2021: David Haney is a remarkable pianist with a wealth of new ideas, and the ability to communicate those ideas to a wide audience. Haney studied composition for six years with the great Czech composer, Tomas Svoboda. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 31, 2021: In this visit, Tracie Morris goes deep into the 1970s archives to chat and play sides of interactions between spoken word and lush music. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 24, 2021: Kevin Corcoran is a Bay Area based drummer and percussionist who also works with field recording, sound installation and video. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 17, 2021: Allan Chase is a jazz saxophonist, composer, and college educator. He has performed jazz and improvised music since 1974. He studied ethnomusicology at Tufts University where he wrote a book-length thesis on the music of Sun Ra. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 10, 2021: On Ka’a Davis emerged onto the scene of modern creative music makers perhaps being recognized at first by his recordings with the Don Ayler Septet. Davis guitared with the Sun Ra Arkestra leaving his contribution to the band with recordings and concerts. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options July 3, 2021: The Brooklyn-based noise-jazz violinist Sana Nagano often finds herself at the center of the storm. As other instruments crash and careen around her, her assuredly melodic violin works to ground and stabilize the overall sound. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 26, 2021: Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 19, 2021: Nick Gianni is a multi-instrumentalist who began performing at the age of 15 as an accompanist for an Avant Garde Dance troupe. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 12, 2021: Jim Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist born of the Jazz tradition focusing on flute and saxophone. He began playing in Paris, France in the late sixties during the Free Jazz boom. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options June 5, 2021: Saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Marty Ehrlich is celebrating over 40 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 29, 2021: Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez is a singer/composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Born into a family of musicians, music was Raina’s first language and it runs deep within her veins. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 22, 2021: Shoko Nagai is a versatile musical artist who improvises and performs with world-renowned musicians on piano and accordion and composes original scores for films and live performances. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 15, 2021: Aron Namenwirth is a Brooklyn guitarist. His current associates in crime include: Daniel Carter, Luisa Muhr, Ayumi Ishito, Eric Plaks, Yutaka Takahashi, Zach Swanson, and Jon Panikkar in a group called Playfield. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 8, 2021: Peter Kuhn, a clarinetist-saxophonist and Zen priest joins us from San Diego. “Music is one of the healing forces of the universe. Creative music opens the mind and heart. Listening deeply we dwell in the present moment and are free of all afflictions.” | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options May 1, 2021: Ambassador of Jazz, freeform jazz artist, drummer and vocalist Bobby Kapp is an international treasure. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options February 27, 2021: Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective (1989) and Heroes Are Gang Leaders (2014), a Free Jazz literary band of musicians and writers who were awarded the American Book Award for Oral Literature in 2018. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options February 20, 2021: Rachel Housle is a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Drawn both to improvising and playing music with a strong sense of groove, her performance career spans a wide range of styles. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options February 13, 2021: Rodrigo Amado is a musician and photographer based in Lisbon. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options February 6, 2021: William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 30, 2021: Judith Insell is an improvising violist, orchestral musician, as well as an experienced arts educator and administrator. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 23, 2021: Gerald Cleaver is one of the New York jazz scene’s leading drummer and composers, who covers a wide range of stylistic ground. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 9, 2021: Dave Storrs, multi instrumentalist and founder of Louie Records and pianist David Haney present improvised music recorded at the amazing Sound Shack in Corvallis, Oregon in addition to recordings by Daivd Haney which feature amazing artists | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options January 2, 2021: Nik Francis is a drummer based in the Washington DC area. He has also performed as a soloist, incorporating electronics and percussion. Visit http://topology.bandcamp.com/ to hear Nik’s music. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 26, 2020: Karen Borca is the only Bassoonist who has made a mark in Avant-Garde Jazz and Free Jazz. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 19, 2020: Lisa Sokolov is a NYC based inspirational singer, composer and educator. Her devotion to singing as a path is contained within her newly published book “Embodied VoiceWork: Beyond Singing” | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 12, 2020: Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Mike McGinnis is a musical explorer unbound by stylistic barriers; unwaveringly individual, curious, and open-minded. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 7, 2020: Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist/ multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer living in Upstate New York. He has collaborated with an eclectic variety of notable artists. Saft leads the New Zion Trio and the Jamie Saft Trio and Quartet. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options December 5, 2020: Amirtha Kidambi is an NYC based composer-performer, improviser, educator, activist and organizer invested in counter-hegemonic music and political work. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options November 28, 2020: Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and multimedia artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina currently based in New York. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options November 21, 2020: David Haney “One of the most inventive pianists in the USA…”–Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options November 14, 2020: Brandon Lopez is a New York-based composer and bassist working at the fringes of jazz, free improvisation, noise and new music. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options November 7, 2020: Angelo Branford is a guitar player, composer and educator leading and participating in many types of musical aggregations | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options August 29, 2020: James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options August 22, 2020: David Dichelle filled in.
  • Options August 15, 2020: Irene filled in.
  • Options August 8, 2020: Amina Claudine Myers, Pianist, Organist, Vocalist, Composer, Master Improvisationalist, Actress and Educator. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!
  • Options August 1, 2020: Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly takes time out from her busy pandemic isolation to shoot the breeze with Dave, in this feel-good hit of the summer. | See the playlist | Listen: Pop-up listen Pop-up player!

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