Produced by Christian D. Bruun, Steven B. Ray, and Dan Seeff and Audivita Studios

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The ongoing, multi-season podcast series focuses on a classic hip-hop track that samples jazz, often bringing together, for the first time, the hip-hop artists with the jazz artists they sampled. The track is played back-to-back and dissected along with the original jazz recordings.

On each episode, Dan Seeff invites guests – musicians, engineers, song writers, and music writers – and discuss how tracks were created, their original inspiration, their favorite recordings, and much, much more.

Jazz and hip-hop are part of a musical continuum that is largely unknown to fans of both genres. Evolutions Per Minute tells this important story.

Each episode is 30 minutes.

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Dan Seeff is a versatile electric and upright bassist, guitarist, writer, and producer, who performs and records in a wide variety of genres, including hip-hop, jazz, R&B, rock, and reggae. He has toured internationally and appeared on Grammy-winning and multi-platinum albums by artists such as Jay Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and many others. He is also the West Coast Director of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
Dan grew up outside of Washington, D.C. where he learned to play guitar, saxophone, and piano. In 1995, he began working for the Monk Institute in Washington, D.C. as a co-producer of the International Jazz Competition. In 1996, he moved to Los Angeles to work with the Institute’s educational outreach programs and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, a two-year scholarship masters program where Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrell, among others, select one band of high-level musicians to study with legendary jazz artists. Dan developed the Institute’s BeBop to Hip-Hop program, where high school students study music and music production with jazz artists and hip-hop producers. In 1997, Dan began working with three-time Grammy-winning producer DJ Khalil and touring with world-music group Wozani. Since that time, Dan has played bass, guitar, and co-written songs on dozens of hip-hop and R&B albums through his work with DJ Khalil including the chart-topping Lift Your Spirit by Aloe Blacc, the Grammy-winning Recovery by Enimem, and the Grammy-nominated albums Malibu by Anderson.Paak and Let Love Rule by Ledisi. Dan’s work has appeared on albums by Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Joey Badass, Logic, Big Krit, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Eminem, and many others. He has worked with numerous hip-hop producers, including DJ Muggs, Hi-Tek, and Rahki, and he has toured nationally and internationally with soul group The Rebirth, Sal Santana, and indie rock band My Hawaii. Since 2004, Dan has studied upright bass with renowned bassist Ron Carter. He is also the host of the hip-hop and jazz radio show ExcursionsRadio on KJazz 88.1 FM in Los Angeles. As a music fan, Dan has eclectic tastes ranging from jazz to hip-hop to progressive rock to reggae. As a musician and a listener, he is an avid student of music.


Steven B. Ray has enjoyed a vast career in the entertainment industry by thriving in a variety of roles and mediums. His experience began as a roadie working summer tours with George Rhodes, conductor and arranger for entertainment legend, Sammy Davis, Jr. Following college, Steven began working for Quincy Jones as his production assistant and participated on many illustrious projects that Mr. Jones produced, beginning with Michael Jackson’s legendary album, Thriller, the USA for Africa benefit recording “We Are The World”, James Ingram’s platinum selling solo debut album, It’s Your Night, Frank Sinatra’s “LA Is My Lady” and the film, The Color Purple for which Steven was a consultant for on-camera musical casting and performances.
Steven went on to hold a senior executive A&R position at Capitol Records (domestic & international). He eventually accepted a position at Windswept Pacific Publishing where he had the unique job description of creative executive, staff writer & music supervisor. While at Windswept, he signed writer/producer, Manuel Seal (co-writer on Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby”, “We Belong Together” and Usher’s “You Make Me Wanna”), Quincy Jones, III (co-writer/producer for TuPac, Ice Cube) and the co-venture with LA Reid’s HitCo Music (TLC’s “Waterfalls”, Anita Baker’s “I Apologize”, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child, and numerous Beyonce Knowles solo hits resulting in over 150 million units sold). Steven and a partner developed and introduced to the television community the business model for VNU’s NextMedium – an online digital product placement application measuring the value of product placement in television. Continuing to broaden his reach into film, television and theater production, he launched Red River Pictures in 2013, securing financing for the Broadway musical production of Ghost and for Director Dan Algrant and Oscar nominated, Tony award winning producer Fred Zollo’s film Little Rootie Tootie. Steven along with producing partner Christian Bruun Executive Produced the film Son of The South, starring Lucas Till, Lucy Hale, Cedric the Entertainer, and Brian Dennehy, written and directed by Oscar nominated editor Barry Alexander Brown and co-executive producer, Spike Lee. Steven is currently producing and developing television, film and podcast projects with producers Christian Bruun (The Man Who Saved The World), Todd Harris (Disney/Marvel), and Tyrone Finch (Station19). Steven’s ability to identify a path to monetize creative ideas, his historical awareness and business savvy, as well as his strong relationships throughout the entertainment industry make him a prized resource.


Chistian Bruun is a director, producer, and cinematographer of documentary and narrative film and television. An award-winning filmmaker and Producers Guild of America member, his films have had international theatrical and television distribution and been in official selection at Sundance, Tribeca, Berlin, Locarno, IDFA, and Hot Docs festivals.

Currently, Christian is directing a feature documentary film about contemporary art’s powerhouse gallerist Marian Goodman, and producing Spike Lee’s civil rights drama Son of the South about longtime civil rights activist Bob Zellner. He is developing two feature films: Candy, about transgender Andy Warhol muse Candy Darling, and another, as of now untitled, about African-American painter William H. Johnson and the systemic racism he was up against that prevented him from being acknowledged until after his death. He is in post-production on Calendar Girl about Ruth Finley, influential creator of The Fashion Calendar and New York fashion industry trailblazer for over 70 years. He is also producing and directing podcast Monuments Woman, about cultural heritage preservation in Afghanistan.

Recent work includes The Man Who Saved the World, featuring Kevin Costner, about former Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov who prevented a nuclear war in 1983, that won the Danish Film Academy Awards (Robert) and the Danish Film Critics Awards (Bodil) for best documentary film. He directed The Burning Child about Austrian-born American painter Henry Koerner, art, home and exile, and the Jewish fate in early 20th-century Vienna, and produced documentaries Secondo Me, filmed at Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, and Odessa Opera House, and The Road Movie, winner of British National Film & TV Awards. He directed, produced, wrote, and shot Blue Gold: American Jeans, acquired by Netflix.

Christian was curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale on Architecture in 2004 and 2006. He is a founding member of Danish Art Council, New York, and was co-founder of the Danish Film Festival and board member of A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, and ambassador for Index: Design to Improve Life Awards, Copenhagen. He had been a regular critic on technology, film, design, and digital media at Columbia University, Princeton University, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. 



David Wolf is a creative professional and media entrepreneur, with a long history serving as a music composer and producer of audio content for radio, TV, film, podcasts, audiobooks and multimedia. His previous company, Crywolf Productions, Inc. (1985-1999) and its recording studios provided music, sound design and production services for advertising and also studios such as Amblin, Discovery Channel, NBC Universal and Disney and for many well-known brands such as Southwest Airlines, Miller Brewing, Embassy Suites, Procter & Gamble, Texas Instruments, Brock Hotel Corporation and many more. 

David founded Audivita Studios to apply his experience and the talents, skills and expertise of his creative team to help companies, publishers, entrepreneurs, influencers and thought leaders grow their brands and businesses through podcasting, audiobooks, video and internet radio.


Dan Seeff – dbseeff@yahoo.com
Steven B. Ray – steven.redriverpictures@gmail.com
Christian Bruun – chrditlev@gmail.com
David Wolf – dwolf@audivita.com

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