Jazz, in the last 150 years, has grown into quite a large word, encompassing many genres and subgenres than ever before.  It can mean many things to many people: My "Jazz" may not be your Jazz, but there are always points of intersection that mingle, or combust, creating vivid conversation. 

With many ways to listen to and to play this music, Jazz Conversations seeks to capture some of the music's magic through writing and audio profiles of the people who play it, their stories, their recordings or anything in between and beyond.

About your Host:

Jayn Pettingill is a San Francisco native who has been playing saxophone professionally for 30 years. Her early studies with Frank Morgan, Victor Morosco and Anthony Braxton have influenced her music deeply. As a freelance musician she collaborates with a variety of musicians and bands. Her own projects include "Verb," a quartet of alto sax, trombone, bass and drums, and Kaijuscope, a twelve piece ensemble which reimagines the music of Akira Ifukube, through Jayn's compositions and arrangements. 

Jazz and its related genres have been a lifelong passion for Jayn since the moment she picked up her saxophone. Growing up listening to her mother's big band record collection, she became keenly acquainted with the sound of Marshall Royal, lead altoist for Count Basie. Royal became a hero and role model to her for “all things” alto. She received a BA in music from Mills College and later, a MM in Jazz Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002: Jayn's thesis, Art Lande's Pedagogy for Improvisation provided the culminating part of this degree. She also has a MLIS in Library Sciences.

In 2011 Jayn became an intern for the Jazz with Bob Parlocha radio program. Working with Bob Parlocha for four years gave Jayn a different view on the “making of music"; witnessing the vast breadth and depth of the music through working with and observing Bob spin out six hours of programming daily, has influenced her as deeply as her saxophone studies with Frank Morgan and Anthony Braxton did.

Jayn made her debut on KCSM Jazz 91.1 FM in 2015 and became the regular Monday Morning Cup of Jazz host in 2017.  Archived shows of Jayn's can be found at Radio Free America.


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