Play It Like It's Music

Play It Like It's Music
Purists may whine that the best days of music are behind us, that capital “M” music has seen its peak and is no longer relevant. But here at Play It Like It’s Music we believe the opposite: not only is the act of musicmaking an essential life skill with a lineage stretching back to the beginnings of human history, but the vocation of the professional musician is more vital today than it ever has been. Once a month, join musician, songwriter and producer Trevor Exter as he drops in on working musicians from every genre.
018 NewK
Jan 29 • 51 min
Today we visit John Newcott, composer and singer. Goes by the stage name NewK. Like many, I first knew him as a Marketing guy for Universal and Verve Forecast back in the 90s, but as happens with all first impressions I later had to seriously expand the…
017 Chris Morrissey
Jan 19 • 24 min
We got a good one today, so settle in. I went to Greenpoint to hang out at the home of Chris Morrissey. Bass player, singer, guitarist, composer, arranger and bandleader. He’s literally everywhere, you can hear him on records by Sara Bareilles, Mark…
016 Damon DueWhite
Jan 19 • 22 min
Good times today, because we’re hanging out with master drummer Damon Due White. The guy’s been around the world with everybody: Harry Belafonte, Shemekia Copeland and a long list of others. He and I did a bunch of James McBride gigs together in France…
015 Gregg August
Jan 19 • 32 min
GREGG AUGUST is the man of the hour on the bass. He’s played with Ray Barretto, Ornette Coleman, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, James Moody, The Chico O’Farrill Big Band, The list goes on. As a classical bassist he frequently performs with the…
014 Kiku Collins
Jan 19 • 32 min
Kiku Collins has established herself at the heights of pop, jazz and R&B. She has performed with everybody: Beyonce, Michael Bolton, Jill Scott, Train, Gloria Gaynor, Carole King, Sza, Sam Moore, Esperanza Spalding, Queen Latifah, Trombone Shorty, Smokey…
013 Daniel Sadownick
Jan 19 • 44 min
Bronx native Daniel Sadownick has toured with a large (and growing) cross-section of the greatest musicians we all love: Michael Brecker, Me’shell Ndege’Ocello, Steely Dan, Tony, Toni Tone’, Maxwell, Angie Stone, Dennis Chambers, Nicholas Payton,…
012 Trevor P. Allen
Jan 19 • 0 min
“You just have to sit in a certain place.” - Trevor P. Allen My friends, today we hear from a true keeper of the flame, Mr. Trevor P. Allen. From the trenches of the New York club scene to bandstands all over the world, this guy delivers on the bass.
011 Jim Caruso
Jan 19 • 30 min
There’s a guy who’s been running an open mic at Birdland in midtown New York City for an insanely long time, and he looks like he’s 15 years old. I don’t know how he does it, but here he is: Jim Caruso. Showbiz man of the hour here on Play It Like It’s…
010 Pablo Mahave-Veglia
Jan 19 • 33 min
“When I was young there were a lot of sixteen-year-old cellists. There are not that many 48 year old cellists.” Today my guest is Pablo Mahave Veglia, cello professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan and a total pro. We get into it here, the…
009 Tony Hume
Jan 19 • 18 min
We were in too much of a time-crunch for me to record him playing, but the night after we spoke I witnessed him holding court at a campfire jam with about 200 people getting quite sweaty and singing at the top of their lungs. This guy brings it.
008 James McBride
Jan 19 • 32 min
Today is a great day because I get to speak to my good friend, world-famous author James McBride. I know him as a band leader. You probably know him for his best-selling books, the movies he made with Spike Lee… all that stuff. I went and met him at the…
007 Todd Reynolds
Jan 19 • 31 min
He’s got major cred: he actually studied with Jascha Heifetz, at age 20 he played principal second violin for the Rochester Philharmonic, then went on to work with Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Joe Jackson, Todd Rundgren, the Mahavishnu Project… he founded…
006 Hallie Bulleit
Jan 18 • 34 min
Hallie and I have been friends for most of our adult lives, we performed together in De La Guarda back in ancient times and have stayed in touch. It’s been great to follow her career through several bands and albums to now get to watch her perform on TV…
005 Richard Julian
Feb 13, 2018 • 33 min
Today we’re talking with a legit songwriting giant, Richard Julian. You might know his supergroup The Little Willies, or his solo albums like Slow New York or Fleur-de-Lis. He hangs out with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Norah Jones and he’s…
004 Mazz Swift
Jan 30, 2018 • 37 min
Today we feature Mazz Swift. She’s one-of-a-kind: plays, sings writes and performs with total fire. I’m proud to call her friend. She’s been a member of Burnt Sugar, Brazz Tree. She’s got her own band called MazzMuse and she also plays in a string trio…
003 Tony Mason
Jan 16, 2018 • 20 min
Today we’re talking with one of my favorite drummers Tony Mason. Something of a local legend in the New York club scene, he’s played with everybody and you can always trust him to keep it bouncing, no matter who he’s appearing with that night.
002 Luqman Brown
Dec 30, 2017 • 36 min
We’re in Harlem today with the legend, Luqman Brown. Singer of FunkFace, Dope Sagittarius and an accomplished composer, producer and sound designer. Check out his brand new Dope Sagittarius album, Sacred Places. Out this month on Buddhabug Records. Here’s…
001 Emily Hope Price
Dec 30, 2017 • 26 min
We’re uptown today with Emily Hope Price, a prolific cellist and singer. She put in a lot of miles with a beloved band called Pearl and The Beard, and she also played cello for Sting, Roger Waters, Ani DiFranco, D’Angelo and Father John Misty.