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Steven Van Zandt on His 'Lilyhammer' Score, His Desert Island Disc & More, on Morning Jazz

Trevor Smith
Steven Van Zandt with WBGO's Gary Walker during a visit to Morning Jazz, Jan. 29, 2020.

Steven Van Zandt hasn’t just toured the world as guitar-slinging Little Steven in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

He also organized Artists Against Apartheid in the mid 1980s; assisted South Side Johnny, Ben E. King and Darlene Love with noted recordings; sidled onto television with eight seasons of The Sopranos on HBO; created and toured with his 15-piece, horn-drenched Disciples of Soul; been program director for two popular Sirius/XM channels that bear his personal stamp, Underground Garage and Outlaw Country; and wrote, directed and starred in Lilyhammer, a Norwegian black comedy for Netflix.

While creating the music for Lilyhammer, Van Zandt expanded the music into three volumes of complete tunes. Working with Lee Musiker on Lilyhammer The Score - Vol. 1 Jazz (Wicked Cool), he created a diverse palette of jazzy tunes, featuring some of New York’s top players.

Stopping into Morning Jazz, he shared his passion and purpose with animated discussion, music from the release, and a “Desert Island” choice that might surprise you. It was an hour we both agreed flew by much too fast.

Lillyhammer the Score, Volume 1: Jazz is available now on UMe.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.