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
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
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 >>