These are the best jazz shows in NYC in April, otherwise known as Jazz Appreciation Month! Read more about JAM and the JazzApril campaign.
[Spring Guide 2014]
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The Joshua Light Show with John Zorn/Lou Reed/Bill Laswell/Milford Graves and Terry Riley/Gyan Riley Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Friday, September 14 Better than: Slippin' into darkness. "Just to watch people in weird shirts playing funny-shaped instruments is not visually on the same ... More >>
Imani Uzuri Joe's Pub Friday, June 1 Better Than: Being sad that Alice Coltrane and Cesaria Evora are dead and that Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill don't make albums together. The Gypsy Diaries is North Carolina homegirl Imani Uzuri's second self-produced release, and it proves that major-label suppor ... More >>
Winter Jazzfest Friday-Saturday, January 6-7 Better than: Summer Zydeco Fest (assuming such a terror exists). After a discordant, twisted reimagining of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" by his trio Ceramic Dog, guitarist Marc Ribot slyly reminded the audience at Sullivan Hall Friday wha ... More >>
"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," said early American-adopter and purveyor of Japan's Harajuku girl style, Gwen Stefani. "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anythin ... More >>
The mighty Rammellzee, street-art legend and the pioneering rap eccentric behind "Beat Bop," has passed away. Though confirmed by Fab 5 Freddy, the details of his death remain sketchy, which is oddly appropriate, as even in life he was difficult to pin down. His legends are hip-hop canon, but they ... More >>
Nice. First comes news of the sublimely art-damaged WFMU Fest, and now another weirdo fest is coming to NYC--The Musicka Mystica Maxima Festival, "Two nights of Musick made by practicing magicians or practicing musicians who's work celebrates the Magical lifestyle, as well as public performan ... More >>
Two downtown musicians open a downtown club
Bill Laswell proves that Matthew Miller has a lot going on
Three "golden age" hip-hop compilations remind us when now is
Ethnotechnician raises bar; bear tamers bounce off walls
Music so unlikely it could be written and performed rather than researched and found
Collaging keyboardist meets the challenge of jazz-improv with techno surge protectors
Annual Pre-Pazz & Jop Handicappers' CG: Whose faves are whose? Tune in next week . . .
Comp shows off Japanese composer's Dragnet romanticism
Westernizing Anglophone West Africa
Hippies, Jazzbos, and Beat Junkies Build One Nation Under a Mutant Groove
Compiled by Ginger Adams Otis