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Better than: The debates. The pianist Aaron Goldberg has been organizing jazz benefit concerts for every presidential election since 2004 to raise money for the Democratic side. I'm the kind of person to shy away from partisan events in general, where, I've found, sanctimony can hang heavy in the a ... More >>
Trio 3 featuring Jason Moran Birdland Thursday, July 19 Better than: Bidness as usual. In theory, last night's gig by a piano-augmented version of Trio 3 had its share of conventions. For starters, Oliver Lake stood out front on the bandstand at Birdland with an alto saxophone, the presumptive le ... More >>
A Spotify playlist of Sam Rivers' work is here. Jazz composer, multi-instrumentalist, and organizer Sam Rivers died of pneumonia on December 26. Rivers' importance to the American jazz avant-garde extended beyond his recordings and performances. In his demonstration of artistic self-reliance and co ... More >>
Before he was writing novels about zombies, elevator inspectors and summers on Long Island, the man behind 2010's best literary twitter account worked on staff at the Voice, writing mostly about television but often about books and music as well. To coincided with the release of his new Zone ... More >>
A leader so authoritative he doesn't have to actually lead. Pics by Phil.Wayne Shorter Quartet Town Hall Wednesday, February 9 Better than: Staying home and watching American Idol, no matter how cold it was outside. Wayne Shorter has never been a particularly fire-breathing, get-'em-stompin ... More >>
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
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Art Blakey: 'You don't have to be a musician to understand jazz. Just be able to feel.'
Doing their part to keep New Orleans culture alive
Terence Blanchard plots New Orleans' requiem and rebirth
Recalling jazz's brief, obscure, but occasionally revelatory love affair with Broadway
Tricky pitches to baffle the bluocracy; "beatable items" to aid the swing
He recorded the same songs over and over and never wore them out.
Three new works show Ailey dancers in different lights
Albert Ayler met Paul Gonsalves and Sonny Rollins's saxophone lineage was re-established
All sorts of big idea about how today's jazz fits into history and maybe into popular culture
Live quartet CD proves ruthless alchemist no worse for lacking a built-in kitsch detector
Learning the real-world lessons of the jazz musician's life in a university setting
Seeking ways to get heard and to grow, and more often succeeding at the latter
They're miles ahead of the competition, and the hip thing should be to dig both of them
America in the Spotlight (and the Crosshairs) at the Whitney
JVC Bounces Back Right on Schedule
The Lighter Side of Bebop
Sonny Rollins at the Summit
Terence Blanchard Revisits Jimmy McHugh
Mulgrew MillerEveryone's A-List Pianist
Remembrances of Lester Bowie
How Jungle Is--and Isn't--the 'New Jazz'