The Earfull

The Earfull Episode 6 – Warren Smith


In this episode, percussionist, band leader, music educator and composer Warren Smith discusses listening to Art Tatum play at rent parties amidst the smell of chitlins as a child; his 5 decades as a music educator in New York; and his relationship with Nina Simone. Listen on Itunes!


Warren Smith sitting down for our interview at his apartment in Harlem, New York

Percussionist Warren Smith was born on May 14th, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, into a musical family; his father played saxophone and clarinet with Noble Sissle and Jimmy Noone, and his mother was a harpist and pianist. He studied clarinet under his father from age four, but quickly became infatuated with the drums around age 6. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music education. He then received his masters from Manhattan School of Music in 1958..

One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. He found work in Broadway pit bands in 1958, the same year he began working with Gil Evans. In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble, a New York-based jazz composition and performance ensemble. In the 1960s Smith accompanied Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Lloyd Price, and Nat King Cole; he worked with Sam Rivers from 1964-76 and with Gil Evans from 1968-1976. In 1969 he played with Janis Joplin and in 1971 with Tony Williams Lifetime. He was also a founding member of Max Roach’s percussion ensemble, M’Boom, in 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s Smith had a loft called Studio Wis which acted as a performing and recording space for many young New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. Through the 1970s Smith played with Andrew White, Julius Hemphill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Carmen McRae. Other credits include extensive work with rock and pop musicians and time spent with Bill Cole, Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Henry Threadgill, Van Morrison and Joe Zawinul. He continued to work on Broadway into the 1990s, and has performed with a number of classical ensembles. This fall he was honored as New York City Musician of the Year by Y’all of New York, Inc.

As a music educator, Smith taught in the New York City public school system from 1958 to 1968, at Third Street Settlement from 1960 to 1967, at Adelphi University in 1970-71, and at Suny, Old Westbury from 1971.

More about Warren Smith




Warren drumming around 1960



Warren showing me head phones he bought in 1963 for $300 – still sound great! (also take note of all his recordings in the backgroud)



Warren Smith performing with Joseph Daly and Bill Cole last year




Recordings featured in this podcast (in order of appearance):

Ecorah Suite” performed by Warren Smith & The Composers Collective

The Original Standard 26 American Drum Rudiments: 1-5” by Walker Janelle

I Know That You Know” performed by Jimmie Noone’s Apex Club Orchestra, Brunswick 1937 (Originally recorded by Vocalion, 1928)

The Happy Blues” performed by Gene Ammons (ts), Art Farmer (tp), Jackie McLean (as), Duke Jordan (p), Addison Farmer (b), Art TAylor (ds). Candido (cga). Prestige, 1956 –  Recorded at RVG studio, Hackensack, New Jersey, 23/4/1956

Yesterdays” performed by Art Tatum 

 “Stardust” performed by Lionel Hampton, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich.

America” performed by George Chakiris (in the role of Bernardo) and Rita Moreno (in the role of Anita) and other members of the Ensemble in West Side Story

Excerpt from The Jimmy Dean Show

Big Spender” performed by Pearl Bailey

Come On Write Me” performed by Melving Van Peebles from the “What the….You Mean I Can’t Sing?!” album, Water 1974

I Loves You Porgy” performed live by Nina Simone, Paul Palmieri, Lisle Atkinson, Warren Smith, and Mantego Joe, 1962

Sidewalk Tree” performed by Ralph Carter in Raisin at the 1974 Tony Awards 

M’Boom – Live at Alassio, Italy 1979 with Max Roach, Ray Mantilla, Warren Smith and Freddie Waits

Azande “Drummin” Cummings (one of Warren’s many students) playing at the ” MILES DAVIS” , tribute concert in San Miguel, Mexico.

The Sleeping Lady and The Giant Who Watches Over Her” performed by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra on the Latin American Suite, Fantasy Records 1972.

Sand Sun Rising” performed by Warren Smith & The Composers Collective

This episode of the Earfull Podcast was originally recorded on July 18th and released on November 4th, 2013. The cover art for the Earfull was made by Hallie Bean. I’d like to thank Warren Smith for sitting down with me and you for listening. For more information on Warren Smith, look for him on facebook, allaboutjazz, and wikipedia. You can find the Earfull on the iTunes music store, tumblr twitter and Facebook.

The Earfull Episode 5 – Fred Ho

In this episode, jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, bandleader, playwright, writer, and social activist, Fred Ho discusses growing up in an abusive family, using music as a radical, and coping with cancer. Listen on Itunes!


Fred Ho, born in Palo Alto in 1957 of Chinese descent, is perhaps best known for combining sometimes asynchronous tunes and melodies of various musical traditions, creating what many have described as both brilliant and chaotic sounds. He is the first to combine Chinese opera with traditional African American music. He leads the Afro Asian Music Ensemble (founded in 1982) and the Monkey Orchestra (founded in 1980). He currently lives in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, New York.

Ho holds a B.A. degree in sociology from Harvard University (1979). He has recorded for the Koch Jazz and Soul Note labels. Some of his most recent works include Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon, which premiered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 2006, Voice of the Dragon I, II, and III. As Ho is a prolific composer, writer, playwright, his list of works grows continually. Some of his first CDs include Monkey 1Monkey IIThe Underground Railroad to My Heart (Soul Note), We Refuse To Be Used And Abused, and Tomorrow is Now!

Fred Ho both written and co-edited many books including: Afro Asia: Revolutionary Politcal and Cultural Connections between African Americans and Asian AmericansLegacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America and Sounding Off! Music as Subversion/ Resistance/ Revolution.

Ho’s contributions to the Asian American empowerment movement as an activist are varied and many. He is credited with co-founding several Asian American civic groups such as the East Coast Asian Students Union while a student at Harvard, The Asian American Arts Alliance in New York City, The Asian American Resource Center in Boston, and the Asian Improv record label.

In his 2000 book, Legacy to Liberation, Ho, recapitulating an aesthetic vision first presented in 1985, writes:

“Revolutionary art must…inspire a spirit of defiance, or class and national pride to resist domination and backward ideology. Revolutionary art must energize and humanize; not pacify, confuse and desensitize…

“I am adamantly against one-dimensional, so called “correct” proscriptive forms that petty bourgeois critics try to label as “political art.” I’m also not in favor of the errors of socialist-realist art with its glorified “socialist heroes,” but favor imaginative critical realism, a sensuous rendering of the colorful material world. Art can fill us with love, with hope and with revolutionary vision.

“Ultimately society must be transformed through the organization of people for socialist revolution. Artists can contribute a critique of capitalist society. This is critical realism: to criticize appearances and obscured social relations. . . Artists play key roles in affecting consciousness and can help to transform the working class from a class-in-itself to a class-for-itself.”

On August 4, 2006, Ho was diagnosed with colon cancer. After chemotherapy, his health improved, but a second tumor was found on September 24, 2007. In 2009, he received the Harvard Arts Medal.

For more on Fred Ho visit his website,


Fred Ho in his completely self-made apartment before our interview

Concert Poster for Fred Ho’s action-adventure fantasy “Warrior Sisters.” Fun Fact: I was in this show when I was 5!


Painting of Fred Ho in his apartment
Recordings featured in this episode in order of appearance:

Absolute Solo!” performed by Fred Ho [and the Afro Asian Jazz Ensemble] from the album Yes Means Yes, No Means No, Whatever She Wears, Wherever She goes! (Big Red Media, 1997)

TMEA Flute Solo #3,” composed by Anderson (No. 13 in Gb Major, Op. 21)

2012-2013 TMEA All-State Saxophone Solo Etude #2 Largo Lagrimoso

Mission Impossible TV Theme Song

Peking Opera

Jingo” by Santana from his debut self-titled album

Hatian Fight Song/II B.S.” by Charles Mingus

Volunteered Slavery” performed and composed by Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Door of the Cosmos” by Sun Ra Arkestra from the album “Sleeping Beauty”

Yes Means Yes, No Means No, Whatever She Wears, Wherever She goes! Suite (fuck patriarchy!” by Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Jazz Ensemble (Big Red Media, 1997)

Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon!: Colonel Ulysses Sam Armageddon” by Fred Ho, Royal Hartigan, Masaru Koga, Wes Brown & Yumi Kurosawa from the 2011 album with the same name (as the song)

Arrival in India” by Fred Ho & The Monkey Orchestra from the album “Monkey, Pt. 2”

This episode of the Earfull was originally recorded on July 24th and released on October 16th, 2013. The cover art for the Earfull was made by Hallie Bean. I’d like to thank Fred Ho for sitting down with me and you for listening. For more information on Fred Ho visit his website, You can find the Earfull on the iTunes music storesoundcloud, and Facebook.

The Earfull Episode 4 – Christine Correa

In this episode, Indian vocalist and pianist Christine Correa discusses growing up in the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, working in the dark with Ran Blake, and helping her students discover themselves through music. Listen on iTunes.


Vocalist Christine Correa is a native of Mumbai, India currently residing in New York. After relocating to the U.S, she soon became involved in a variety of improvisational contexts. Christine has performed and recorded with artists such as Steve Lacy, Ran Blake, John LaPorta, etc. and has appeared at numerous festivals and clubs in the U.S, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. She is a member of the Frank Carlberg Quintet which is dedicated to performing Carlberg’s settings of 20th (and 21st) century poets such as Robert Creeley, Anselm Hollo, Jack Kerouac, etc. Christine is Director of the Maine Jazz Camp – a camp for high school and middle school students.IMG_0761

Christine sitting down for our interview in her home in Brooklyn, NY


with Ran Blake

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 Frank Carlberg Quintet (Christine Correa, John O’Gallagher, John Hebert, Michael Sarin, and Frank Carlberg (her husband)): 03-07-09 Cornelia Street Cafe

Photos from her scrapbook:

Micky Correa, Christine’s father and bandleader:


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Christine’s uncle playing in drums in her father’s band:


Micky Correa’s band at the Taj Mahal Hotel:IMG_0777IMG_0769IMG_0770IMG_0771

Program at the Taj Mahal Hotel on Independance Day in India:

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Paul Desmond and Duke Brubeck in Bombay:


Duke Ellington in Bombay:
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Picture with Christine’s mother (on the left of Duke Ellington):

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Recordings in order of appearance:

Clips of Micky Correa’s Swing band (recordings to be posted soon)

Chopin Etude in a minor Op.25, No. 4“, composed by Frederick Chopin and performed by Dang Thai Son

Bhagyada Laxmi Baramma” by Bhimsen Joshi

Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi (Kaala Pattahar)” performed by Shashi Kapoor in the Bollywood film “Kaala Pattahar”

Laura” performed by Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake

September Songs” performed by Betty Carter

Brother Can You Spare a Dime” by Abbey Lincoln

Brother, Can you Spare a Dime” performed by Christine Correa and Ran Blake

“If Ever There Is” by the Frank Carlberg Quintet

This episode of the Earfull was originally recorded on September 5th and released on October 9th, 2013. The cover art for the Earfull was made by Hallie Bean. I’d like to thank Christine Correa. For more information on Christine, please visit her page on facebook. You can find the Earfull on the iTunes music storesoundcloud, and Facebook.

The Earfull Episode 3 – Duke Amayo

In this episode, Nigerian afrobeat singer, percussionist, choreographer, fashion designer, graphic designer, and martial artist Duke Amayo talks about growing up in Lagos during the Nigerian Civil War, Fela Kuti, and trying to change the world with his music. Listen on iTunes!photo Duke Amayo sitting down for our interview in August British-born of Nigerian parents, Amayo‘s spirit was first ignited at Fela’s club, The Shrine, in Lagos, Nigeria. While growing up in Lagos, his primary passions were dancing and practicing Kung Fu to the rhythms of funk and Afrobeat. It was then that the seed of Afrobeat was first implanted within him. Amayo first traveled to the United States as teenager to study at Howard University. He later became the founder of a collaborative dance and multimedia collective called the “New Race” in D.C. Upon moving to NYC, he founded his own fashion line called “Amayo.” As the lead singer and percussionist  for Antibalas, Amayo has ignited festival crowds and packed audiences into a frenzy across four continents. Continuing in the tradition of Fela Kuti, Amayo presents the world with his one-of-a-kind style of music, dance, and martial arts – FU-ARKIST-RA. In addition to composing and arranging all the songs, Amayo sings and plays piano and organ intermixed with charged performances of traditional African lyrics and movement. He has opened for James Brown, performed with The Roots, Tony Allen, Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Baaba Maal, and with Michael Franti and Spearhead. As Sifu, he is a senior master of the Jow Ga Kung Fu School of martial arts, rooted in the ancient Shaolin school. He has been studying, performing, and teaching Kung Fu for 25 years. He recently choreographed a Kung fu/movement piece for the Washington Ballet, and has guest taught hundreds of NYC public school children for the National Dance Institute. Sifu Amayo has also trained and performed the role of the Lion Head in traditional Chinese Lion Dance for over 20 years. The Ancient Chinese Lion Dance is one of China’s most celebrated traditions. It is a high-energy performance where professional martial artists don the elaborately decorated two-person Chinese Lion body (head and tail), bringing to life a rich oral history that spans many generations of Chinese folklore. The Lion is a symbol of strength and prosperity and is considered to be good luck by all who cross its path. Sifu Amayo begins his one of a kind FU-show by calling the lion to life, performing a salutation ritual and paving the way for dance and celebration of our limitless possibilities. The Lion may be playful and happy, fierce, or bashful, depending on the mood. For more on Duke Amayo, visit rp-amayo Amayo performing with Antibalas at Roots Family Picnic in 2009 antibalas-echoplex-8 antibalas-echoplex-2 Amayo performing with Antibalas at Echoplex in L.A. in 2010 antibalas_marinaabadjieff_high-30-1024x683 Amayo with Antibalas in Sao Paulo in 2012 antibalas_marinaabadjieff_high-18-1024x683 Amayo in Sao Paulo in 2012 Recordings featured in this podcast (in order of appearance): “Dirty Money” by Antibalas from the self-titled album (Daptone Records, 2012) “Ghana Style percussion” by Chata Addy and Sidah “Joromi” performed by Sir Victor Uwaifo “African Roots of the Blues, Part 1” “Clips on Nigerian Civil War” “Mr. Follow Follow” by Fela Kuti Clip from “The Invincible” with Jimmy Wang Yu “Car Wash” from Rolls Royce Greatest Hits Northern soul classic “The Snake” by Al Wilson “Sweet Banana” by King Sunny Ade “World War IV” by Antibalas “Zombie” by Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 Fox News coverage the 9-11 attacksWho is this America?” by Antibalas “Him Belly Go No Sweet” performed by Antibalas at WFUV This episode of the Earfull Podcast was originally recorded on August 13th and released on October 2nd, 2013. The cover art for the Earfull was made by Hallie Bean. I’d like to thank Duke Amayo for sitting down with me and you for listening. For more information on Duke Amayo, please visit You can find the Earfull on the iTunes music storesoundcloud, and Facebook.

The Earfull Episode 2 – Chris Washburne

This podcast, released on September 25th, comes just in time for Christopher Washburne‘s Birthday! In this episode, Washburne discusses trying to play trombone like Jimmy Page, meeting the Queen of Jordan, working with Tito Puente & Celia Cruz and surviving cancer.


Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently freelancing as a studio musician and performing trombone, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu and percussion with various classical, jazz, rock and Latin groups in New York City. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout the North America, Europe, Asian, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Chris received his Bachelors of Music in classical trombone performance from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with William Richardson, Richard Davis and Les Thimmeg. In 1988, he completed a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory in Third Stream Studies where he studied with John Swallow, Ran Blake and Bob Moses. He was the winner of the 1988 New England Conservatory Graduation Concerto Competition. He spent two months living in Zambia in 1985, studying the traditional music of that region, and in 1993, received a Mellon Fellowship to travel to and explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba.

In 1999 he completed his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Found Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University in New York. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. He is author of the book “Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York” (2008) and editor of the book “Bad Music” (2004).

He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Marc Anthony, Celine Dion, Anthony Braxton, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Bang On A Can All-stars, David Byrne, Bjork, Muhal Richard Abrams, Gloria Estefan, They Might Be Giants, Chico O’Farrill, Don Richols, John Cale, Grady Tate, Baba Olatunje, Leslie Uggams, the Smithereens, Ray Barretto, Roscoe Mitchell, Jackie Byard, Danilo Caymmi, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Dinosaur Annex directed under Gunther Schuller, Walter Thompson, the SEM Ensemble, Freddie Cole, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, among many others.

He leads his own highly acclaimed groups SYOTOS and NYNDK and is a member of FFEAR (Forum for Electo-Acoustic Research).

For more on Chris Washburne visit


Book cover for Chris Washburne’s “Sounding Salsa: Performing Latin Music in New York City


The SYOTOS Band (from left to right): Ole Mathison (tenor sax), Armando Gola (bass), Ludwig Afonso (drums), Chris Washburne (trombone), Cristian Rivera (congas), and John Walsh (trumpet)

Recordings featured in this podcast (in order of appearance):

Methane Mambo” performed by the SYOTOS Band live in Washington DC, August 8th, 2010. Composed by John Walsh.

Moonglow” performed by the Benny Goodman quartet (with Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Lionel Hampton)

Max Roach Drum Solo from “Session”

Para Los Rumberos” performed live by Tito Puente‘s Orchestra

Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes (1954)

Uncontrollable Urge” by Devo from Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)

Various Live Jimmy Page Solos

My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” by Brian Eno and David Byrne (1981)

‘Round Midnight” performed by Howard Johnson & Gravity (1996)

Sound 1” by Roscoe Mitchell Sextet (1966)

La Danza de La Chiva” performed by Tito Puente and Celia Cruz (1969)

Paginas de Mujer” by Eddie Palmieri from the White Album (1981)

All the Things You Are” performed live by Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Johnny Griffin, Hank Jones, Ed Gomez, Ed Thipgen (1987)

El Tema Del Apollo” performed live by the SYOTOS Band live in Washington DC, August 8th, 2010. Composed by Eddie Palmieri.

This episode of the Earfull Podcast was originally recorded on July 11th and released on September 25th, 2013, which is also Chris Washburne’s Birthday!!! The cover art for the Earfull was made by Hallie Bean. I’d like to thank Chris Washburne for sitting down with me and you for listening. For more information on Chris Washburne, you can visit his website at You can find the Earfull on the iTunes music store, soundcloud, and Facebook.

The Earfull Episode 1 – William Shadrack Cole

This is the debut show of the Earfull: the podcast that explores the lives of musicians through music! In this episode, William Shadrack Cole (my dad), talks about his experiences growing up in Pittsburgh during the height of the steel mills; becoming an amateur boxer at 11 years old; organizing the first sit-in in the history of Pittsburgh during the Civil Rights Movement; his mentor, Nigerian philosopher Fela Sowande; his controversial tenure at Dartmouth College; and, of course, his life as a multi-instrumentalist. Listen on iTunes.


Bill Cole (b. October 11th, 1937) is an American jazz musician, composer, educator and author.  An admired innovator in the music world, Cole successfully combines Eastern sounds with an American art form – jazz.  Cole specializes in non-Western wind instruments, especially double reed horns – including Chinese sonas, Korean hojok and piri, Indian nagaswarm and shenai and Tibetan trumpet, as well as the Australian digeridoo and Ghanaian flute.  Cole is the leader of the Untempered Ensemble which he founded in 1992. He has performed with Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Jayne Cortez, Julius Hemphill, Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer, William Parker, Fred Ho, Gerald Veasley and others, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space and venues around the U.S., and has recorded for Boxholder Records.

All About Jazz has written: “Cole has explored the expressive capabilities of Asian double reed instruments in a jazz context for almost four decades. His virtuosity on digeridoo, Chinese sona, Ghanian flute, Indian shenai and nagaswarm infuses his writing and improvising with a pan-global authenticity that avoids dilettantish exoticism.”  “Cole takes solo after solo that allows a lifetime of immersion in Jazz to reveal itself through the extraordinary timbral resources of his chosen instruments.” (Michael Parker) In the early 1980’s Professor Fela Sowande gave Cole a collection of 500 proverbs from the Yoruba of Nigeria. Since then Cole has written musical compositions based on almost 100 of the proverbs, many of which are among the Ensemble’s repertoire.  From 1975 – 1982 Cole wrote seven major works based on the philosophy of the Ibo of Nigeria, which holds that the human soul reincarnates seven times.  Each of the “Seven Cycles” increased in length and size – ranging from the First Cycle (featuring Cole with Sam Rivers and Warren Smith) to later Cycles that included as many as 40 musicians, drumming ensembles and Gospel choirs.

Cole served as professor of music at Amherst College until 1974, and then at Dartmouth College until 1990 (for more on his controversial time at Dartmouth, click here).  He retired in 2010 as Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Syracuse University.  Cole has authored books about two jazz legends: “Miles Davis: The Early Years” (1974, William Morrow/1994, Da Capo Press), and “John Coltrane” (1976, Schirmer/2001 Da Capo Press), and has published numerous reviews and critical essays.

For more about Bill Cole please visit his website at


Bill Cole in 1948


Portrait of Bill Cole taken sometime in the late 1950s


Bill Cole (left) performing with Baikida Carroll (center), Julius Hemphill (right), Abdul Wadud and Philip Wilson (not pictured) – Aug 1979


Bill Cole with the Untempered Ensemble, performing at the Brecht Forum in 2010. From left to right: Joseph Daly, Warren Smith, Ras Moshe, Shayna Dulberger, Bill Cole, and Bill Cole’s son Atticus Cole.


Bill Cole’s duet album with Billy Bang released in 2009


Bill Cole performing with Joseph Daly and Warren Smith in a tribute to Jayne Cortez earlier this year

Recordings featured in this podcast (in order of appearance):

Don’t Wait For The Day of Battle Before Getting Your Weapons Ready“, from Proverbs for Sam by Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble, Boxholder Records 2008

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67” by Prokofiev, Leopold Stokowski conducting the All American Orchestra. Basil Rathbone, narrator. Recorded July, 1941.

A Tisket A Tasket” performed by Ella Fitzgerald from Ella Fitzgerald: Ken Burns Jazz, Verve Records 2000

Excerpt from the “Nat King Cole Show” on NBC 4, starring Nat King Cole and featuring Peggy Lee and Julius LaRosa

“Raindrop” Prelude, Op 28, No. 15, Frederic Chopin

A Night in Tunisia” from Musings of Miles by Miles Davis, Original Jazz Classics 1955

Will You Still Be Mine?” from Musings of Miles by Miles Davis, Original Jazz Classics (Prestige) 1955

Bye-Ya” from Thelonious Monk Trio by Thelonious Monk, Original Jazz Classics (Prestige) 1954

Bach Cello Suite No. 1 – Allemande” performed by Mstislav Rostropovich

Piano Concerto N.º 2 Op. 21 in F minor – II Larghetto” by Frederic Chopin, performed by Arthur Rubinstein and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn, 1975

The Old Country” from Nancy Wilson / Cannonball Adderley by Nancy Wilson, Capitol Records 1962

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers performing in Tokyo in 1961

We As a People Will Get to the Promised Land” Martin Luther King Speech

Walter Cronkite Announces Death of JFK” November 22, 1963

Footage from “Death of Martin Luther King” 1968

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Turn on, Tune In, Drop Out” video by Timothy Leary

City Blues” from The Gardens of Harlem by Clifford Thornton and The Jazz Composers Orchestra, JCOA Records 1975

Wesleyan Gamelan Final Part” 2008

“Song for Clifford Thornton” from Untempered Trio by the Untempered Trio, 1992

Beatrice” by Sam Rivers, performed by the Sam Rivers Quartet, 1989

“A Man of Outstanding Quality is Preeminent Among His Comrades” from Untempered Ensemble by Untempered Ensemble, 2011

This episode of the Earfull Podcast was originally recorded on July 7th and released on September 18th, 2013. It was edited from 3 hours down to a little over an hour. The cover art for the Earfull was made by Hallie Bean. I’d like to thank Bill Cole for sitting down with me and you for listening. For more information on Bill Cole, you can visit his website at You can find the Earfull on the iTunes music store, soundcloud, and Facebook.

New Earfull Cover Art!!!!!


This beautiful piece of high-class artistic mastery was done by none other than the brilliant Hallie Bean. It’s the title of my show in the shape of an ear!!!!! I love it! The premier episode should be out this Tuesday. IF you’d like Hallie to make a beautiful graphic for you, you can contact her on linkedin, maybe (she hasn’t given me permission to give her e-mail address because she’s really popular).