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Hosted by Ludovico Granvassu. This is a jazz world! …all the international jazz you always wanted to hear and nobody ever played for you! Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in the US but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents and dialects, which make it a rich resource for rewarding sonic explorations. Needless to say there will be plenty of US jazz on my program, in an attempt to show the continuity that exists between the US and the international jazz scenes. Contact Ludovico at:
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About Ludovico Granvassu

After a stint as host of “Jazz with an Accent” on Boston’s WHRB, Ludovico Granvassu, launched “Mondo Jazz” on Radio Free Brooklyn in November 2017. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of All About Jazz Italia, the main Italian jazz website, which he established in 2000.

He is mostly driven by the deep belief that, even though Jazz is a quintessential United Statesian art form, it has now become a universal language spoken all over the world with very diverse, and at times strong, accents, as a true lingua franca. And there lies its vitality and its capacity to endlessly evolve and surprise us, as it has done from the beginning.

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  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 56: 2018's Jazz Surprises
    by Ludovico Granvassu on January 19, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, rather than compiling yet another "best of 2018 playlist" we have decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we were not familiar with, unexpected reissues or new projects by players we have loved for a long time. The playlist features Michael Leonhart, Rachelle Garniez, Reinier Baas Ben van Gelder & Metropole Orkest, Mopo, Dairo Miyamoto, Ben Lamar Gay, Walking Distance, Dexter Gordon, Anais Drago, Camilla Battaglia, Little Rosies Kindergarten, Sketchbook Quartet, Otis Sandsjo, Maistah Aphrica, SLUGish Ensemble, Yellow Bird, Pipe Dream, Rosa Brunello. Detailed playlist available at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 55: Frank Zappa's Jazz Allures, Part 2
    by Ludovico Granvassu on January 10, 2019 at 5:06 am

    We continue our look into Zappa's complex relationship with jazz, through a mix of the jazzier compositions performed by Zappa and countless tributes to his music paid by jazz musicians. As Zappa loved to say, quoting E.Varèse, "the present day composer refuses to die" and the music featured in this show provides plenty of evidence that he was right. The first part of this Frank Zappa retrospective is avaialble at Playlist: Zappa, B.Sanabria, P.Sambeat, C.Towns, NDR Bigband, Bohuslän Big Band, M. Pacassoni, The Wrong Object, M.Hedges, G.Venier, V.Vasi, G.Pacorig, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Gotan Project, S.Bollani, D.Preston, G.Winston, Quintorigo, R.Gatto, V.Ciardelli, F.DiCastri, If Six Was Nine, Meridian Arts Ensemble, P.Gaucher, Le Bocal, R.Fassi, D.Fabris, A.Takase, A.vonSchlippenbach, M.Schultz, E.Soderlind Detailed playlist at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 54: Makaya McCraven's Universe
    by Ludovico Granvassu on January 6, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Drummer Makaya McCraven’s new double album “Universal Beings” mixes the artistry and experimentation of jazz with the irresistible dance beats of hip-hop. It also brings together a dream team of collaborators from London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, including Shabaka Hutchings, Jeff Parker, Nubya Garcia, and Brandee Younger. This episode of Mondo Jazz celebrates Makaya McCraven’s musical universe and its brilliant stars from around the world. The playlist includes Makaya McCraven, Nubya Garcia, Brandee Younger, Jeff Parker, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Shabaka Hutchings, Sons of Kemet, Shabaka and the Ancestors, Isotope 217. Detailed playlist available at Photo credit: Yvonne Schmedemann Listen →

  • Frank Zappa's Jazz Allures [Mondo Jazz Ep. 53]
    by Ludovico Granvassu on December 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Frank Zappa may have said "jazz is not dead, it just smells funny" but looking at his life and music one does not get the impression that he really believed that jazz was decomposing or dying a slow death. This week we revel in the beauty of the jazzier side of Zappa's vast repertoire checking out not only some of his recordings but also how the jazz world has embraced his genius. The playlist includes music by Frank Zappa, Colin Towns, The NDR Bigband, Ed Palermo, Mike Mainieri, Joe Lovano, Stefano Bollani, Daniele Sepe, Woody Herman, Le Bocal, Riccardo Fassi, David Kikoski, Zach Brock, Javon Jackson, Jean-Luc Ponty, Zappatistas, Flat Earth Society, Anais Drago, Asphalt Orchestra, Detailed playlist available at: Listen →

  • Wayne Horvitz: A Musical Portrait [Mondo Jazz Ep. 52]
    by Ludovico Granvassu on December 11, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    This week we focus our on the music of Wayne Horvitz with special attention for his latest two releases, "The Snowghost Sessions" and "Those Who Remain". It's hard to condense in two hours the long career and many facets of a composer and pianist of great versality, but we will do our best to present highlights from his various projects as a leader and side-man. The playlist contains: Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, Mylab, Michael Shrieve, Jerry Granelli, John Zorn, Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet, Bobby Previte, Marty Ehrlich, Robin Holcomb. Detailed playlist available at Listen →

  • Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams [Mondo Jazz Ep. 51]
    by Ludovico Granvassu on December 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! Enjoy a delicious playlist which is all stuffing and no tryptophan. Revel in discovering how jazz musicians can make even Country & Western tunes swing and groove like there is no tomorrow! The playlist includes James Brown, Regina Carter, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Douglas, Madeleine Peyroux, Andrew Bishop, Lenny Breau, Laurence Hobgood, Bill Frisell,Jason Moran,Kenny Wollesen,John Scofield,Louis Armstrong,Tom Varner,Stephen Ryley,Roy Clark,Joe Pass,Leon Redbone,Charlie Hunter,Scott Amendola,Aretha Franklin,Spike Jones,Taj Mahal,Ran Blake,Owen Broder,Joe Pass,Guano Padano,Esther Phillips,Jack Walrath,Orquestra Was Detailed playlist at: Listen →

  • Ben Allison, Anais Drago, Reinier Bass and Other Great New Releases [Mondo Jazz Ep. 50]
    by Ludovico Granvassu on November 26, 2018 at 2:44 am

    The new albums bonanza goes on! And we happily oblige, reveling in some gorgeous new releases, some of which will definitely end up on the "Best of 2018" lists of many critics. Surprises, confirmations, re-releases, unexpected collaborations and more make this week's playlist full of aural pleasures... The playlist includes: Ben Allison, Phillip Johnston, Reinier Baas, Ben van Gelder, Metropole Orkest, Gil Evans Orchestra, Francois Houle, Harris Eisenstadt, Alexander Hawkins, Poline Renou, Matthieu Donarier, Sylvain Lemêtre, Roberto Ottaviano, David Virelles, Gianluigi Trovesi, Sylvain Darrifourcq, Anais Drago, Bluering-Improvisers, Taiga, Mirko Signorile, Dave Sewelson, Harriet Tubman. Detailed playlist at: Photo: G.Driessen Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 49: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Federica Michisanti and other great new releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on November 19, 2018 at 2:31 am

    This week we'll go through a heap of spectacular new releases, with a special emphasis on albums featuring piano and saxophone, and an ecstatic sampling of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago & Associated Ensembles, the definitive 21 CD set which is about to be released by ECM to mark the 50th anniversary of both the German label and of the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago. The playlist includes: Jane Ira Bloom, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Byron & Aruan Ortiz, Aaron Goldberg, John Medeski's Mad Skillet, Ben Wendel, Kenny Werner, Devin Gray, Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet, Emanuele Maniscalco - Francesco Bigoni - Mark Solborg, Florian Weber, Steve Kuhn, Federica Michisanti, Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Laurent David - Malcolm Braff - Stephane Galland, Jerome Sabbagh & Greg Tuohey, Abstract Orchestra, Marcus Strickland, Jonathan Finlayson. Detailed playlist at: Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 48: Jazz Renditions of Blues, Pop, Rock & Soul Hits, Part 2
    by Ludovico Granvassu on November 10, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    This week we continue our exploration of jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Kraftwerk to Sly Stone, from Bjork to Frank Zappa, from J.J. Cale to Bob Marley and more. The playlist includes Jimmy Smith, Miho Hazama, Michel Benita, Eva Kruse, Eric Schaefer & Michael Wollny's [em], Dave Douglas, Tuck & Patti, Ran Blake & David Fabris, Sting & Gil Evans Orchestra, Yuri Honing, Nicole Johänntgen, Stefano Bollani, Vibes, Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, Spaceways Inc. & Zu, Chet Baker, Magic Malik Orchestra, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Charlie Hunter, Herbie Hancock. Full playlist at: Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 47: Jazz Renditions of Blues, Pop, Rock & Soul Hits
    by Ludovico Granvassu on November 4, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    The compositions that we refer to as "jazz standards" were the pop songs of their time, before gradually developing into mainstays of the jazz repertoire. This week we focus on jazz interpretations of today's popular music, with renditions of the songs of artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Sonic Youth, from Prince to Led Zeppelin, from Ray Charles to Paul Simon, from Donald Fagen to Bob Dylan and more. The playlist includes: John Scofield, Paul Desmond, Cannonball Adderley, Erik Friedlander, Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft, The New York Composers Orchestra, Joe Pass, Donald Byrd, Bill Frisell, Malcom Braff, Jewels and Binoculars, Vincent Peirani, Chris Lightcap, Bill Evans, Stefano Bollani, Júlio Resende, Nels Cline, Ernst Reijseger & Franco D'Andrea, Etienne Charles. Detailed playlist available at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 46: (Not So) Standards
    by Ludovico Granvassu on October 28, 2018 at 1:21 am

    For decades jazz standards have provided improvisers with both a vehicle and a testing ground for their creativity. In some cases they have taken more liberties than others. This week we focus on not-so-standard renditions of jazz standards, from "Take Five" to "My Favorite Things", from "Mood Indigo" to "'Round Midnight"! Two hours of jazz played with boundless creativity and a good dose of humor. The playlist features Farmers Market; Uri Caine; Steve Houben - Jacques Pirotton - Stephan Pougin; Adam Benjamin; Django Bates; Rahsaan Roland Kirk; Hank Roberts; John Zorn - George Lewis - Bill Frisell; Roy Paci; Paul Motian; Manu Codjia - Geraldine Larent - Christopher Marguet; Steve Argüelles; Ran Blake; Björk; Orquestra Mahatma; Roy Nathanson & Anthony Coleman; Daniel Humair; Mostly Other People Do the Killing; Elliott Sharp; Cassandra Wilson; Joey Baron; Kashmere Stage Band. Detailed playlist at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 45: Ambrose Akinmusire, Dairo Miyamoto and Other Great New Releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on October 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    This week we'll go through a heap of outstanding new releases, ranging from tributes to seminal albums like Soul Station by Eli Degibri and the Far East Suite by Pierre Bertrand, to new releases by master pianists like Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau (in an unreleased duo with Charlie Haden!), Aaron Parks and Simone Graziano. Seasoned avant-veterans on ECM (Andrew Cyrille with Leo Smith and Bill Frisell) and vociferous rising stars on Blue Note (Ambrose Akinmusire and James Francies). Special treats come from the surprising tribute to Jun Miyake by saxophonist Dairo Miyamoto and the adventurously captivating projects by bassist-against-borders Kave Rastegar, the BABAorchestra, the SLUGgish Ensemble, David Dominique, the Sketchbook Quartet and David Ullman. Happy listening! Detailed playlist at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 44: Pop, Rock, Soul, Funk & Ska for Jazz Lovers
    by Ludovico Granvassu on October 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    This week we will explore the cross pollination between jazz and popular music genres, like pop, rock, soul, funk and ska. Archie Shepp playing with Whitney Houston? The jazz beginnings of Björk, Serge Gainsbourg, Sacha Distel? Ornette Coleman's and Sonny Rollins' adventures in rock-land? Lester Bowie playing ska? How Miles Davis' "So What" inspired Pee Wee Ellis' horn lines for James Brown's "Cold Sweat"? Paul Simon's latest album with Bill Frisell and Wynton Marsalis? Stevie Wonder jamming with Dizzy Gillespie? The Jazz moods of Sting, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Vinicio Capossela, Lyle Lovett, Paolo Conte. We'll look into this and more... Detailed playlist available at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 43: Idris Ackamoor, A Musical Portrait
    by Ludovico Granvassu on October 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    This week we feature an exclusive interview with, and two hours of music by the bay area saxophonist Idris Ackamoor. An iconoclast like Thelonious Monk once famously said "You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you're doing. Even if it does take them 15 or 20 years". In the case of Idris Ackamoor, that took more like 35 years. But the amount of attention that his music has garnered in the past decade is a well deserved pay-back to a musician that has cultivated his own vision pursuing -- for five decades -- a personal path, fueled by a fascination for his African roots, a profound respect for Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra, as well as an admiration for the capacity of musicians like Fela Kuti and Bob Marley to balance the spiritual and the artistic with the social and political dimensions of music. All of that infused with a contagious theatrical ability that makes his performances memorable. Detailed playlist available at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 42: Kip Hanrahan, Ingrid Jensen and other great new releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on October 1, 2018 at 5:02 am

    The bonanza of new releases goes on. So let's dive right in and find out more about the much-awaited return of Kip Hanrahan; music inspired by whales, fictional or real (courtesy of David Crowell & Simon Jermyn and Garth Stevenson); a Kenny Wheeler Tribute by Ingrid Jensen and Steve Steve Treseler, the second installment of Nicole Johänntgen's New Orleans travelogue, a new trio by Wayne Horvitz and the intriguing blend of piano and Maori traditional instruments by Tania Giannouli and Rob Thorne. And, of course, much more! The playlist includes also music by Ben Sluijs, Pierre Bertrand, Stu Minderman, Myra Melford, Chris Lightcap, Fred Frith, Trygve Seim. Detailed playlist available at Photo: Richard Cond Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 41: Mark Turner, Pipe Dream and other great new releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on September 23, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    The summer is winding down and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up. Given the quality of what is coming our way, we duly oblige. Enjoy two hours of gorgeous new music, including some unexpected gems from the European jazz like the Austrian ensemble Little Rosie's Kindgergarten and the Italian supergroup Peace Pice (featuring Hank Roberts), and more great projects featuring Bill Frisell (with Cuong Vu) or inspired by his artistry, and Frisell's cohort Hank Roberts (with Pipe Dream and Sean Moran, as well Nels Cline (with Chris Lightcap) and a dinasty of Israeli guitarists (Dida Pelled, Gilad Hekselman and Rotem Sivan). The playlist also includes music by Mikkel Ploug, Ethan Iverson, Erik Friedlander, Günter Baby Sommer & Till Brönner, Makaya McCraven & Pericopes+1 Detailed playlist available at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 40: Randy Weston Tribute & New Releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on September 17, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Another master has left us. Randy Weston passed away on Sept. 1st at the venerable age of 92. This week we celebrate the music of an artist that consciously built a bridge between jazz and African musical traditions and, in doing so, strongly contributed to the awareness of the African roots of jazz music. The playlist will include music by Randy Weston and by musicians he inspired like Al Grey, Rodney Kendrick, Heiner Franz and Freddie Hubbard as well as new releases and re-releases by Fred Hersch, Dinosaur, Phronesis, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Stefon Harris and Stephane Spira. The detailed playlist is available at Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 39: John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Miho Hazama & other great new releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on September 9, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    The summer is almost over and the pace at which new albums are being released is picking up... This week we focus on a few new gems, including two remarkable tributes to Thelonious Monk, the mighty "Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk" (in six volumes!) by Miles Okazaki and the idiosyncratic "The MONK: Live at Bimhuis" by Miho Hazama with the Metropole Orkest Big Band. Ah... and new works featuring John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Steve Cardenas, Manu Codja and Charlie Hunter (and of course Miles Okazaki) for all the guitar hero worshippers out there! The playlist includes also: Emile Parisien, Steve Coleman, Mopo, Walking Distance feat. Jason Moran, Judy Niemack, Skúli Sverrisson, Don Cherry, Rob Dixon, Lucas Pino and Marcin Wasilewski. Detailed playlist available at: Listen →

  • Mondo Jazz Ep. 38: Aretha in Jazz & New Releases
    by Ludovico Granvassu on August 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    This week we pay homage to the Queen of Soul, {{Aretha Franklin}}, looking into her early jazz forays and her influence on many jazz musicians. We'll then dive into a bin full of extraordinary new albums. The playlist includes: Aretha Franklin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bill Frisell, Phil Haynes & Free Country, Grover Washington Jr., Stanley Turrentine, Lonnie Smith, Rob Dixon, Medeski Martin & Wood with Alarm Will Sound, Friends of Scotty Hard, Don Cherry, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Nicole Mitchell, Andy Milne & Dapp Theory, Allison Miller, Carmen Staaf, Shai Maestro, Wolfgang Muthspiel, JD Allen, Norvald Dahl. Detailed playlist available at: Listen →

  • Dida's Touch: The Remarkable Artistry of Dida Pelled
    by Ludovico Granvassu on August 26, 2018 at 1:35 am

    Whatever material she touches -- be it a Horace Silver standard, a Wes Montgomery blues, a Johnny Cash country tune, a Randy Newman heartbreak song, or one of her disarming originals -- New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida Pelled leaves her indelible mark on it. Her signature style is a mix of playful warmth and remarkable guitar chops approached with the soul of a natural born storyteller that knows how to make the listener... listen to her! This mixtape offers an overview of her recording career, in advance of the third Rizzoli Music Aperitivo curated by Mondo Jazz [Friday 14 Sept. 2018 – 7pm - 1133 Broadway btw 25th-26th St. NYC], for which Dida Pelled will present her latest project, "The Lost Women of Song", an intimate evening of remarkable songs by -- and mysterious stories about -- hardly known or under-recognized female artists who were well ahead of their time, from Connie Converse to Elizabeth Cotten to Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Tia Blake and Norma Listen →