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This week on ‘Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired’: Nate Najar, Mike Reiss, Frank Marshall, Martin Shore and Bruce McGill July 1-5

Nate Najar
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Nate Najar

This week's schedule:

7/1 Nate Najar   
7/2 Mike Reiss  

7/3 Frank Marshall

7/4 Martin Shore

7/5 Bruce McGill

Guitarist/producer Nate Najar’s new CD, Jazz Samba Pra Sempre, celebrates the 60th anniversary of Jazz Samba, the landmark 1962 album by Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz, that launched the international Bossa Nova craze. Tenor saxophonist Jeff Rupert, bassist Herman Burney, drummer Chuck Redd and Najar’s wife, Brazilian vocalist Daniela Soledade, join him in this loving tribute to jazz and Brazilian music.

Mike Reiss and Judy Carmichael
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Mike Reiss and Judy Carmichael

Comedy writer Mike Reiss has enjoyed a long career making people laugh, from his early years with National Lampoon, Johnny Carson and The Gary Shandling Show, to his continuing work with the animated series, The Simpsons.

Mike was one of the original writers for The Simpsons, a show he still contributes to 35 years on between writing children’s stories, traveling with his excursion-loving wife Denise and publishing his most recent book, What Am I Doing Here? A Simpsons’ Writer Visits the World’s Hellholes So You Don’t Have To.

Mike Reiss is one of those deliciously cranky people who love to rail against various notions while keeping you laughing and somehow delighted throughout. Mike and I met in Panama on the elegant Silver Shadow cruise ship where he was lecturing on The Simpsons and I was flown in to play a concert. Knowing the many connections The Simpsons has with jazz, I asked Mike if he’s a jazz fan to which he enthusiastically responded, “I hate jazz.”

Naturally, I had to have him on my show.

Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall

Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar winning producer/director Frank Marshall grew up on picturesque Lido Isle in Newport Beach, CA surrounded by the musical friends of his father, jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, Jack Marshall, whose arrangement of “Fever” for Peggy Lee was one of many celebrated albums he worked on for Capitol Records in the late ‘50s and 60s. Frank Marshall has produced and/or directed multiple stage shows and films, including the Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones, Back to the

Future and Jurassic World franchises. Through it all, music has played a major role in Frank’s life and his memories of being surrounded by great musicians growing up is a vivid and joyous.

In the summer of 1972, Jack Marshall and trumpeter/vocalist, Jack Sheldon joined forces to entice trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker back into the studio after Chet had stopped recording, due to an injury to his mouth. The record was made but never released until Frank recently discovered the master and together with Zev Feldman, produced Chet Baker & Jack Sheldon, In Perfect Harmony: The Lost Album.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Filmmaker Martin Shore started his professional creative life as a touring musician and brings that experience and sensibility to his diverse record and movie projects. His latest film, Take Me To The River: New Orleans, follows his directorial debut with his film Take Me To The River: Memphis. Both films focus on Shore’s desire to promote tolerance and respect for all people and cultures by showing how cross-cultural collaboration in music has positively impacted our society.

Bruce McGill and Judy Carmichael
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Bruce McGill and Judy Carmichael

Stage film and television actor Bruce McGill first came to fame as the motorcycle-riding, bad boy character D-Day in National Lampoon’s Animal House. McGill’s rugged looks led to more tough guy roles, but also to a wide range of everything from Shakespeare to voice acting on Family Guy, to long runs on MacGyver, Shades of Blue and Rizzoli and Isles. Bruce is an accomplished musician and golfer as well, and has used these skills to enhance or influence his take on multiple characters through the years, most notably, playing golf great Walter Hagen in the film The Legend of Badger Vance.

Bruce and I met on the Crystal Symphony on a Hollywood-themed cruise, where I was there to play a concert and Bruce to lecture about his long film career. One thing led to another and this fascinating conversation was recorded.

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Jazz pianist Judy Carmichael, whom critics have called “astounding, flawless and captivating” (New York Times), is one of the leading interpreters of classic jazz piano. Ms. Carmichael has written two books on stride piano and numerous articles on the subject of jazz.