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A Non-Threatening Conversation About Jazz

Jonathan McNicol
Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe at Watkinson School in Hartford, January 31, 2018.

Who's afraid of the Bix bad Beiderbecke?

Hartford has an amazing jazz history, and Colin has a lot of jazz musician friends. This hour, a little onstage jazz party.

Colin and the panel look to make jazz accessible to mere mortals. They talk about what makes jazz jazz, invite the audience to sing, and teach the audience to scat.

The audio at the top of this page is the radio version of this show. The full-length, unedited, from-start-to-finish, fully-63-minutes-too-long-to-air-on-the-radio version of the event -- including full performances of all four songs, plus the full-length scatting exercise -- is below.


  • Steve Davis - Trombone
  • Atla DeChamplain - Vocals
  • Matt DeChamplain - Piano
  • Henry Lugo - Bass
  • Jocelyn Pleasant - Drums

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on February 8, 2018.

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Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer.
Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident.

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