Jeff Ellwood Talks About his Debut CD 

Air Date: 12/13/2020

Note: Listen to the interview here.

I often have wondered what it would be like, and if it would be feasible, to hang with an accomplished jazz artist for a big chunk of the show, and talk about the songs. Often when I hear a song I like, I have a feeling that I'd enjoy it even more if I could ask the artist a few questions and then get some 'insider' information about the song. Questions like "Why did you pick that song for the CD title?" and "What brought these particular musicians together for this gig?" So that when I hear the song, I can appreciate it just a bit more. 

Well, that's what we have on the upcoming edition of the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Jeff Ellwood joins me to talk about his new CD The Sounds Around the House

I didn't have to listen long to understand that this is a top-quality CD that fits perfectly into the first two hours of the SJB. Tune in Sunday to hear what I mean.

Mr. Ellwood studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and now  serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Mt. San Antonio College as well as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Cal State University Fullerton. Based in the Los Angeles area, you could consider him to be a 'West Coast Jazz' artist, but I'm not sure if there is such a thing anymore. That's a topic for another day.

When you listen to the show on Sunday, you might be curled up with a hot cup of java or hot chocolate and the Sunday paper on a chilly morning. If so, then you'll dig the vibe - from the music, of course, but also from the relaxing sound of Jeff's voice as he talks about each of the five songs you'll hear from the new CD. 

For example, one of the songs is entitled "For Roger." I see song titles like this all the time. Typically, I don't ever find out anything about the person who is the subject of the song. But on Sunday you will hear Jeff give us an illuminating and emotional description of how the song and the CD came to be, who Roger is, and why the song is dedicated to him. 

I have once said that I feel like what I do here is a bit like what a jeweler does: setting gems together to make composite pieces like bracelets and necklaces. Except I string together songs for you. So on Sunday you'll hear these Jeff Ellwood moments surrounded by gems from other artists, making for a whole that is entirely satisfying. 

Don't forget that you can always listen to the show for two weeks after it airs! Click the link on my main page to go to the archive.

To your health.


 HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

  1. Paul McCandless-Morning Sun-07 Sunset on the Great Sand Dunes 2017
  2. Norma Winstone-Stories yet to tell-01 Just sometimes 2010
  3. Sean Jones-Kaleidoscope-07 It's Just a Matter of Time (Intro) 2007
  4. Sean Jones-Kaleidoscope-08 It's Just a Matter of Time 2007
  5. Jeff Ellwood talks about the band on The Sounds Around The House
  6. Jeff Ellwood\The Sounds Around The House\02_Agrodolce 2020
  7. Judy Wexler\Crowded Heart 10 And We Will Fly 2019
  8. Josh Nelson\The Sky Remains\01 Bridges and Tunnels
  9. Jeff Ellwood talks about "For Roger" on The Sounds Around The House
  10. Jeff Ellwood\The Sounds Around The House\For Roger 2020
  11. Paulette McWilliams\A Woman's Story\10 - Let's Go Out Tonight 2020
  12. Lori Bell,Ron Satterfield-Close Your Eyes James Taylor Reimagined-08 Mud Slide Slim-2020

HOUR TWO: New and Newer, Plus

  1. Keith Oxman\Two Cigarettes\07 Crazy He Calls Me 2020 feat Annette Murrell
  2. Jeff Ellwood talks about the title track on The Sounds Around The House
  3. Jeff Ellwood\The Sounds Around The House\The Sounds Around The House 2020
  4. Kenny Washington-What's the Hurry-08 Here's to Life-2020
  5. George Kahn Quartet-DreamCatcher-06 DREAMCATCHER-2020
  6. Jeff Ellwood talks about the track "Provence" on The Sounds Around The House
  7. Jeff Ellwood\The Sounds Around The House\Provence 2020
  8. Gregory Porter-All Rise-04 If Love Is Overrated-2020
  9. Brandi Disterheft\Surfboard\01 Surfboard 2020
  10. Jeff Ellwood talks about the track "Barcelona" on The Sounds Around The House
  11. Jeff Ellwood\The Sounds Around The House\Barcelona\ 2020
  12. Tessa Souter-Obsession-11 Love Theme from Spartacus 2009
  13. Idle Hands-Solid Moments-01 Barreling Through-2020

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

  1. Otmaro Ruiz, Bruno Mangueira\EssĂȘncia\05 Tu Mi Delirio 2020
  2. Miguel De Leon\Malandro\05 A Voz do Morro 2020
  3. Chico Pinheiro\City Of Dreams\03 Long Story Short 2020
  4. Antonio Adolfo-Tema-10 Variations on a Tema Triste 2015
  5. Event Horizon Jazz Quartet\Event Horizon\05 Black Samba 2020
  6. Al Daniels - Brasiliana - 05 Dao Dao 2020
  7. Claudia Villela & Ricardo Peixoto-Inverse Universe-10 In Your Name-2003
  8. Graciliano Zambonin\Angico\08 Frevo Brasil Grande (Frevo Big Brazil) 2020
  9. Antonio Adolfo - Bruma - Celebrating Milton Nascimento - 07 - Cais 2020
  10. Chico Pinheiro\City Of Dreams\03 Long Story Short 2020

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

  1. Hiroshima - Someday Soon - 2020 (single)
  2. Brian Bromberg - Changes - 2020 (single)
  3. Karl Sterling\Karl Sterling\05 For A Child
  4. Chuck Loeb-All There Is-03 True or False 2002
  5. Al Daniels - Brasiliana - 04 Samba de Romanza 2020
  6. Chris Standring\ten\01-ready-steady-flow-m
  7. Norman Brown\Heart To Heart\02 She's Mine 2020
  8. Planet Zu\In The Light Of Day\In_The_Light_Of_Day
  9. Euge Groove\Sing My Song\08 The Journey Ahead 2020
  10. Chris Big Dog Davis - FOCUS - Blue Light Special (feat. Kim Waters) 2020
  11. Andrew Neu-Everything Happens for a Reason-05 What Would I Do 2013
  12. Thom Rotella-Street Talk 2020 (single)


Unknown said…
Hey Marty! Looking forward to hearing Jeff Elwood this Sunday. And, perhaps will have to arrange a meeting with him since I studied piano there years ago, and have friends there on the faculty. Do appreciate the plays Marty, please continue to Do what you Do!
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Marty Friedman said…
Hi Al, great to hear from you. One of these days I will get out the West Coast to see you and my other jazz friends! Hope you are well!

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