“The Logic of Jazz” with guest Mark Weinstein


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This episode celebrates Why? Radio’s tenth birthday with a musical exploration of the origins, meaning, experience, and, of course, music of jazz. How do newcomers start listening to the music? How do musicians discover new ways to play? And, what makes the best jazz tracks important and enjoyable? Join us as Mark Weinstein, jazz flutist, philosopher, and our host’s father, explores America’s music, explaining music theory, improvisation, and whether music is discovered or invented.

This episode was recorded before a live audience at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, ND.

Mark Weinstein is a Professor of Education at Montclair State University, in New Jersey. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is the author of the book Logic, Truth, and Inquiry.. He is also an award-winning jazz flutist with 19 albums to his name. He plays World Jazz and Straight-Ahead with world-class musicians rooted in the music of Cuba, Brazil, Africa, Argentina and his Jewish heritage. A Latin-jazz innovator, Mark was among the first jazz musicians to record with traditional Cuban rhythm sections in the epic album, Cuban Roots, released in 1967.

Mark Weinstein’s homepage can be found here:

Links to the jazz tracks featured on this episode (Spotify and Apple Music require accounts):

Louis Armstrong, “West End Blues, can be heard on: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music.

Charles Mingus, “Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting,” can be heard on: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music.

John Coltrane, “Giant Steps,” can be heard can be heard on: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music.

Billie Holiday, “All of Me (Take 2)” (with Eddie Haywood Orchestra) can be heard on: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, (not available on Amazon Music).

Oscar Peterson Trio featuring Clark Terry, “Mumbles,” can be heard on: YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music.

Bonus Material:

A preview interview with Jack Russell Weinstein and Mark Weinstein, on Prairie Public’s Main Street (February 25. 2019): click here.


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