Seth Markow

Host, The Real Deal

Seth Markow has been playing piano since age 7, clarinet (now bass clarinet) since 9, and has been a dedicated jazz fan since he was 13. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music composition, has played and studied African and Asian music, and is a longtime member of the Javanese orchestra Gamelan Kyai Gandrung. He has also played in jazz, blues, rock, reggae, and world beat bands, as well as various classical ensembles. A radio host since 1976 and a Hawaii resident since 1979, his jazz show The Real Deal began in 1983 and has been heard on HPR-2 since that stream went on the air in 1989.

Ways to Connect

Stanley Turrentine, "Boogaloo," Rare Grooves (Blue Note)

Idris Muhammad, "Power of Soul," Power of Soul (Epic/Legacy)

Idris Muhammad, "Sudan," House of the Rising Sun (Sony/CTI)

Pharoah Sanders, "You've Got to Have Freedom," Journey to the One (Theresa)

Idris Muhammad, "Soulful Drums," Kabsha (Theresa)

Idris Muhammad, "Kabsha," Kabsha (Theresa)

Idris Muhammad, "Little Feet," Kabsha (Theresa)

John Hicks, "Take the Coltrane," In Concert (Theresa)

Pharoah Sanders, "Duo," Africa (Timeless)

Miles Davis, "Pinocchio," Nefertiti (Columbia)

Miles Davis, "Agitation," Quintet LIVE Europe 1967: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Columbia)

Miles Davis, "Footprints," Quintet LIVE Europe 1967: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Columbia)

Miles Davis, "'Round Midnight," Quintet LIVE Europe 1967: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Columbia)

Miles Davis, “No Blues," Quintet LIVE Europe 1967: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Columbia)

Miles Davis, “Masqualero," Quintet LIVE Europe 1967: Bootleg Vol. 1 (Columbia)

Miles Davis, "Nefertiti," Nefertiti (Columbia)

Louis Armstrong Hot Five, "Struttin' with Some Barbecue," Best of the Hot Five and Seven Recordings (Columbia)

Gil Evans, "Struttin' with Some Barbecue," New Bottle Old Wine (Pacific Jazz)

Bessie Smith, "St. Louis Blues," The Essential (Columbia)

Jelly Roll Morton, "King Porter Stomp," 1923/24 (Milestone)

Gil Evans, "St. Louis Blues," New Bottle Old Wine (Pacific Jazz)

Gil Evans,"King Porter Stomp," New Bottle Old Wine (Pacific Jazz)

Thelonious Monk, "'Round Midnight," Best of the Blue Note Years (Blue Note)

Harry Reser & His Radio All-Stars, "Mysterious Mose," Halloween Stomp (Jass)

Frankie Trumbauer & His Orch., "Shivery Stomp," 1928-1929 (Classics)

Ray Noble, "The Haunted House," Halloween Stomp (Jass)

Red Nichols' Five Pennies w/ Wingy Manone, "Bug-A-Boo," Halloween Stomp (Jass)

Benny Carter & His Orch., "Devil's Holiday," 1933-1936 (Classics)

Todd Rollins & His Orch. w/ Chick Bullock, "The Boogie Man," Halloween Stomp (Jass)

Chris Powell & His Blue Flames, "I Come from Jamaica," The Beginning and the End (Columbia)

Lou Donaldson–Clifford Brown Quintet, "Brownie Speaks," Clifford Brown: Memorial Album (Blue Note)

Clifford Brown Sextet, "Easy Living," Memorial Album (Blue Note)

Clifford Brown Quartet, "You're a Lucky Guy," Complete Metronome and Vogue Master Takes (Definitive)

Clifford Brown Quartet, "It Might as Well Be Spring," Complete Metronome and Vogue Master Takes (Definitive)

Art Blakey Quintet, "Wee-Dot," Live at Birdland, Vol. 2 (Blue Note)

Charlie Johnson & His Paradise Band, "Walk That Thing," Hot Notes (Frog)

Duke Ellington, "Jig Walk," Vol. 1: Birth of a Band, 1924-1926 (EPM)

Carmichael's Collegians, "Walkin' the Dog," First of the Singer Songwriters (JSP)

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, "Who Walks In When I Walk Out?" Stay a Little Longer (Rounder)

Louis Armstrong & His Orch., "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," Vol. 7: You're Driving Me Crazy (Columbia)

Benny Goodman & His Orch., "Walk, Jennie, Walk," Birth of Swing (1935-1936) (Bluebird)

Clarence Williams & His Blues Five, "I'm a Little Blackbird," Eva Taylor: Not Just the Blues (Topaz)

Cliff Edwards & His Hot Combination, "Meadowlark," The Red Heads (Jazz Oracle)

Louis Armstrong, "Weather Bird Rag," Vol. IV (Columbia)

Cab Calloway & His Orch., "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' but a Bird," Are You Hep to the Jive? (Fremeaux)

Coleman Hawkins Quartet, "Flyin' Hawk," Bean and the Boys (Prestige)

Illinois Jacquet, "Robbins Nest," Jumpin' at Apollo (Delmark)

Grant Green, "Ain't It Funky Now," Green Is Beautiful (Blue Note)

Stanley Turrentine, "Sugar," Sugar (CTI)

Lou Donaldson, "Bag of Jewels," Midnight Creeper (Blue Note)

George Benson, "Body Talk," Body Talk (CTI)

Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Brushin' It," The Turbanator (32 Jazz)

"Big" John Patton, "The Yodel," Got a Good Thing Goin' (Blue Note)

Melvin Sparks, "Spark Plug," Legends of Acid Jazz (Prestige)

Don Patterson / Booker Ervin, "Hip Cake Walk," Legends of Acid Jazz (Prestige)

Charles Earland, "Westbound #9," Living Black! (Prestige)

Duke Pearson, "Amanda," Wahoo! (Blue Note)

Freddie Hubbard, "Prophet Jennings," Hub-Tones (Blue Note)

Sonny Clark, "Voodoo," Leapin' and Lopin' (Blue Note)

Duke Jordan, "Flight to Jordan," Flight to Jordan (Blue Note)

Jackie McLean, "Two for One," Tippin' the Scales (Blue Note)

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, "Mosaic," Mosaic (Blue Note)

Horace Silver, “Filthy McNasty," Doin’ the Thing (Blue Note)

Herbie Hancock, "Watermelon Man," Takin' Off (Blue Note)

Joe Henderson, "Our Thing," Our Thing (Blue Note)

Coleman Hawkins, "Flyin' Hawk," Bean & the Boys (Prestige)

Thelonious Monk, "Well You Needn't," Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)

Thelonious Monk, "Monk's Mood," Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)

Thelonious Monk, "Misterioso," Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)

Thelonious Monk, "'Round Midnight," Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)

Thelonious Monk, "Criss Cross," Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)

Thelonious Monk, "Ask Me Now" (alternate take), Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Every Tub," Complete Decca Recordings (Decca)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Shorty George," Complete Decca Recordings (Decca)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Jive at Five," Complete Decca Recordings (Decca)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Twelfth Street Rag," America's #1 Band! (Columbia)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Moten Swing," America's #1 Band! (Columbia)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Easy Does It," America's #1 Band! (Columbia)

Count Basie & His Orch., "Broadway," America's #1 Band! (Columbia)

Frank Sinatra, "They Say It's Wonderful," Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952 (Columbia)

Sonny Rollins, "They Say It's Wonderful," + 3 (Milestone)

Frank Sinatra, "Where or When," Best of the Columbia Years: 1943-1952 (Columbia)

Sonny Rollins, "Where or When," Old Flames (Milestone)

Frank Sinatra, "Why Was I Born?" Portrait of Sinatra: Columbia Classics (Columbia)

Sonny Rollins, "Why Was I Born?" Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert (Milestone)

Sonny Rollins, "Someone to Watch Over Me," Here's to the People (Milestone)

Phil Woods, "Freedom Jazz Dance," At the Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Atlantic)

Phil Woods, "Ode to Jean-Louis," At the Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Atlantic)

Phil Woods, "Joshua," At the Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Atlantic)

Phil Woods, "The Meeting," At the Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Atlantic)

Phil Woods, "Bloomdido," Quartet, Vol. 1: A Live Recording (Clean Cuts)

Phil Woods, "Everything I Love," Quartet, Vol. 1: A Live Recording (Clean Cuts)

Phil Woods, "Along Came Betty," Quartet, Vol. 1: A Live Recording (Clean Cuts)

Gary Bartz, "Nommo – The Majick Song," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Gary Bartz, "Sifa Zote," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Gary Bartz, "Ju Ju Man," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Gary Bartz, "Bertha Baptist," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Gary Bartz, "Don't Fight That Feeling," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Gary Bartz, "Mama's Soul," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Gary Bartz, "I've Known Rivers," I've Known Rivers and Other Bodies (Prestige)

Count Basie, "Avenue C," America's #1 Band (Columbia)

Count Basie, "Queer Street," America's #1 Band (Columbia)

Tadd Dameron, "The Chase" (alternate take), The Fabulous Fats Navarro, Vol. 1 (Blue Note)

Illinois Jacquet, "Big Dog," Complete Sessions 1945-50 (Mosaic)

Erroll Garner, "Robbins' Nest," Body & Soul (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "I Didn't Know," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Sonny Stitt, "Sonny Sounds," Kaleidoscope (Prestige/OJC)

Illinois Jacquet, "On Your Toes," The Kid & the Brute (Verve)

Erroll Garner, "Night and Day," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "Spring Is Here," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "I'll Remember April," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "The Nearness of You," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "Where or When," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "Sweet and Lovely," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Erroll Garner, "Lullaby of Birdland," The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia)

Louis Armstrong, "When It's Sleepy Time Down South," The California Concerts (Decca)

Louis Armstrong, "Indiana," The California Concerts (Decca)

Louis Armstrong, "The Gypsy," The California Concerts (Decca)

Louis Armstrong, "Some Day," The California Concerts (Decca)

Louis Armstrong, "Tin Roof Blues," The California Concerts (Decca)

Louis Armstrong, "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It," The California Concerts (Decca)

Louis Armstrong, "Rose Room," The California Concerts (Decca)

Scott Hamilton, "Taps Miller," The Second Set (Concord)

Ruby Braff & Scott Hamilton, "Romance in the Dark," A First (Concord)

Scott Hamilton, "If I Love Again," The Right Time (Concord)

Ruby Braff & Scott Hamilton, "Sweethearts on Parade," A Sailboat in the Moonlight (Concord)

Scott Hamilton, "Abundance," My Romance (Concord)

Scott Hamilton, "Laura," Plays Ballads (Concord)

Scott Hamilton, "Cherokee," Radio City (Concord)

Scott Hamilton, "Chelsea Bridge," Race Point (Concord)

Woody Shaw, "Pressing the Issue," United (Columbia)

Steve Turre, "Midnight Montuno (Descarga)," Viewpoints and Vibrations (Stash)

Steve Turre, "Who's Kiddin'? (Tailgate)," Viewpoints and Vibrations (Stash)

Steve Turre, "Spiritman / All Blues," Spiritman (Smoke Sessions)

Steve Turre, "With a Song in My Heart," Spiritman (Smoke Sessions)

Steve Turre, "Stepping Into Beauty," The Spirits Up Above (HighNote)

Steve Turre, "Reconciliation," Keep Searchin' (HighNote)

Steve Turre, "Segment," Rainbow People (HighNote)

Dave Liebman, "The Call," Drum Ode (ECM)

Dave Liebman, "Footprints," Pendulum (Artists House)

Dave Liebman, "I Concentrate on You," The Opal Heart (Inner City)

Dave Liebman, "Africa," The Blessing of the Old, Long Sound (New Sound Planet)

Dave Liebman, "Dream Dancing," Music of Cole Porter (Red)

Dave Liebman, "Out of Nowhere," Classic Ballads (Candid)

Dave Liebman, "Nica's Dream," Setting the Standard (Red)

Dave Liebman, "All the Things You Are," Return of the Tenor/Standards (Double-Time)

Meade Lux Lewis, "Honky Tonk Train Blues," 1927-1939 (Classics)

Meade Lux Lewis, "Yancey Special," 1927-1939 (Classics)

Meade Lux Lewis, "Celeste Blues," 1927-1939 (Classics)

Meade Lux Lewis, "Mr. Freddie Blues," 1927-1939 (Classics)

Turner Parish, "Trenches," Essential Piano Blues (Classic Blues)

Roosevelt Sykes, "44 Blues," Essential Piano Blues (Classic Blues)

Cripple Clarence Lofton, "I Don't Know," Essential Piano Blues (Classic Blues)

Pine Top Smith, "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie," Essential Piano Blues (Classic Blues)

Jay McShann & His Orchestra, "Swingmatism," Kansas City Swing (Decca)

Tiny Grimes Quintet, "Red Cross," Charlie Parker: Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (Savoy)

Dizzy Gillespie & His All-Star Quintet, "Shaw 'Nuff," Charlie Parker: Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (Savoy)

Charlie Parker's Ree-Boppers, "Now's the Time," Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (Savoy)

Charlie Parker's Ree-Boppers, "Ko-Ko," Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings (Savoy)

Howard McGhee, "I’ll Remember April," Howard McGhee and Introducing the Kenny Drew Trio (Blue Note)

Kenny Drew, "Be My Love," Howard McGhee and Introducing the Kenny Drew Trio (Blue Note)

Kenny Drew, "Everything Happens to Me," Howard McGhee and Introducing the Kenny Drew Trio (Blue Note)

Kenny Drew, "Wee Dot," Talkin' & Walkin' (Blue Note)

Kenny Drew, "Caravan," Trio (Riverside/OJC)

John Coltrane, "I'm Old Fashioned," Blue Train (Blue Note)

Kenny Drew, "Happy Hunting Horn," Pal Joey (Riverside/OJC)

Wardell Gray, "Farmer's Market," Memorial, Vol. 2 (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer, "Confab in Tempo," Early Art (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer, "Wisteria," Early Art (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer–Gigi Gryce, "A Night at Tony's," When Farmer Met Gryce (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer, "Alone Together," Early Art (Prestige/OJC)

Gene Ammons, "Woofin' and Tweetin'," All-Star Sessions (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer, "Sans Souci," Quintet (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer, "Ad-Dis-Un," Farmer's Market (Prestige/OJC)

Art Farmer, "Goodbye, Old Girl," Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions (Mosaic)

Art Farmer, "I'm a Fool to Want You," Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions (Mosaic)

Art Farmer–Benny Golson Jazztet, "Just in Time," Complete Argo/Mercury Art Farmer/Benny Golson/Jazztet Sessions (Mosaic)

Art Farmer, "Swing Spring," Live at the Half Note (Atlantic)

Art Farmer, "Prelude in 'E' Minor," Baroque Sketches (Columbia)

Art Farmer, "Blame It on My Youth," Stablemates (Jazz Ball)

Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry, "On a Slow Boat to China," Oscar Peterson & Clark Terry (Pablo)

Oscar Peterson Trio, "Falling in Love with Love," Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Verve)

Oscar Peterson Trio, "How About You?" Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Verve)

Oscar Peterson Trio, "Flamingo," Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Verve)

Oscar Peterson Trio, "Swinging on a Star," Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Verve)

Oscar Peterson Trio, "Noreen's Nocturne," Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Verve)

Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys, "Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug," 1936-1939 (Classics)

Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys, "You'se a Viper," 1936-1939 (Classics)

Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys, "Twilight in Turkey," 1936-1939 (Classics)

Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys, " Where Is the Sun?" 1936-1939 (Classics)

Stuff Smith & His Orch., "My Thoughts," 1936-1939 (Classics)

Stuff Smith Trio, "Ghost of a Chance," 1939-1944 (Classics)

Stuff Smith Trio, "The Red Jumps," 1939-1944 (Classics)

Charlie Johnson's Paradise Orch., "Charleston Is the Best Dance After All," v/a: Hot Notes: New York, Vol. 1 (Frog)

Little Chocolate Dandies, "Six or Seven Times," Benny Carter: 1929-1933 (Classics)

Fletcher Henderson & His Orch., "Keep a Song in Your Soul," A Study in Frustration (Columbia)

Chocolate Dandies, "Dee Blues," Benny Carter: When Lights Are Low (ASV)

Chick Webb & His Orch., "Heebie-Jeebies," Rhythm Man (Hep)

Chocolate Dandies, "Once Upon a Time," Benny Carter: When Lights Are Low (ASV)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Introduction," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Pedal Up," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "You'll Never Get to Heaven," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Clickety Clack," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Prelude to a Kiss," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Talk (Electric Nose)," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "Fly Town Nose Blues," Bright Moments (Rhino/Atlantic)

Hank Jones, "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (Concord)

Hank Jones, "Sublime," Lazy Afternoon (Concord)

Hank Jones, "Intimidation," Lazy Afternoon (Concord)

Hank Jones, "A Child Is Born," Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (Concord)

Hank Jones, "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (Concord)

Hank Jones, "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'," Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (Concord)

Hank Jones, "Six & Four," Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (Concord)

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