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The JamBase Podcast is a podcast geared toward live music fans. It celebrates the magic that happens when musicians and singers step on stage. Unlike a studio performance, live performances can be unpredictable. The energy from the audience and other artists can elevate the mood. Soon, the artists are jamming. In each episode, its hosts talk with performers and industry professionals.

JamBase is a live music website that provides performance information to fans. It offers reviews of recent gigs and tours. Hosts Nate Todd and Scott Bernstein are JamBase writers. Andy Kahn is its editor-in-chief. They share their love of music and chat with guests on the podcast.

The show's cheerful intro invites listeners into each music discussion. Guests include Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Lake Street Dive's Bridget Kearney. When renowned keyboardist John Medeski joins, he discusses "the art of improvisation." He talks about chemistry, mood, and audience reaction. All these elements shape the kind of improvisation that can happen. Cory Wong speaks with Scott and Andy about musical mentorship and Jam Cruise. During the Festival at Sea, Cory's band experimented with longer jam sessions. Another episode finds bassist Oteil Burbridge discussing his time with Dead & Company. He reveals what it's like when a group disbands and what's next for him.

Nate, Scott, and Andy also revisit outstanding performances and gifted songwriters. The three consider the best new albums and offer retrospective opinions on past jam sessions. In one episode, Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell from the band Phish join. They reminisce about their 1999 performance with Phil Lesh & Friends. The episode is the first in a series that reflects on influential moments in jam history.

In another episode, members of Sylvan Esso discuss transitioning from their previous work. The band says they reject rules that can constrain music industry members. Sylvan points to their No Rules Sandy album as an example. Then there's the "Jerry Stories," a memorable series of JamBase Podcast episodes. In them, guests talk about legendary Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia.

The JamBase Podcast plugs in its amp every week.

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