Charlie "Bird" Parker has been called the greatest saxophonist who ever lived, a jazz legend who not only spearheaded the bebop movement but also laid the foundations of modern jazz. He was also a party animal. In 1952, Los Angeles would play host to one of Parker's wildest exploits. The New York- ... More >>
Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts 2014 in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy -- share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. We'll be updating this p ... More >>
In last Wednesday's Village Voice, I reviewed the Cecil, decrying it shamefully short of it's potential, which, I believe is very, very vast. Here's hoping the restaurant gets it together soon. But the Cecil isn't the only project Richard Parsons and Alexander Smalls teamed up on last fall. In Oct ... More >>
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Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
By Matthew Kassel and Alex W. Rodriguez Yesterday's much celebrated "Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die" post was a starter course, an easily digestible, rudimentary entry into the storied genre that not one person on the planet disagreed with. But today, we go further. Because for every Blue T ... More >>
A strong crop of releases from tenor saxophonists
A veteran English music writer, Kris Needs lived in New York City in the late '80s (he spent two years behind the counter at Bleecker Bob's). It was part of a longstanding fascination with the city thatlucky usnow culminates in Watch the Closing Doors: A History of New York's Mu ... More >>
You pass out in the gutter sometime around 11pm to find all your friends have deserted you. You try to get up, bleary-eyed, your face covered with candy wrappers and street scum. As you peel a prophylactic from your face, you look up to see a blindingly bright sign shining right in your blood ... More >>
Charlie Parkers best tribute
Good lord: The brahs in action a few weeks back. Man Forever Issue Project Room Friday, June 25 Say "drummer's solo project" and conflicting sounds come to mind--Foo Fighters, "Sussudio," Peter Criss, Charlie Watts' Charlie Parker project--with few of them ever meditating exclusively on the drum ... More >>
Options abound for fans of all inclinations and bank accounts
His extraordinary humility aside, pianist Hank Jones had an extraordinary career: He played with everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Charlie Parker to Benny Goodman, and after a late-career resurgence in which he finally deigned to bask a bit in the spotlight, he was recording critically lauded album ... More >>
Beowulf, meet the Replacements! Great books from 2007 you may have missed.
Mastering Dylan, flubbing Darin, and paying tribute to the inimitable Max Roach
Confused teens, confused thirtysomethings, and old jazz guys enjoying their dotage
Jazz's choice for mayor of New York from hard bop to avant-garde
Dizzy Gillespie flies, Charlie Parker races, Symphony Sid jives, and you are there
For fans in general and collectors in particular, a crucial social locus enters the virtual age
With the Brit avant-garde, rust-belt saxophone, Braxton standards, Dylan standards
A worldwide phenomenon and a transworld music, but usually not both at the same time
A Gentleman You Didn't Mess With: The King and His Honors and His Many Revolutions
JVC Bounces Back Right on Schedule
Roy Haynes and Max Roach Master Time
Alfred Appel Connects the Moderns
Martial Solal Sets the Standard
Arthur Blythe's Western Wind, Part II
Sonny Stitt and Bobby Hackett Survive the Marketplace
Jimmy Heath Gets His Due
John Lewis Keeps on Evolving
Living History or Death Sentence?
Jazz Makes Peace With Jerome Kern
Ralph BurnsFrom Woody Herman to Ray Charles to Bob Fosse
John Hammonds Best and Brightest
How Jungle Is--and Isn't--the 'New Jazz'
At JATP swing, bebop, and R&B found common ground on the solid rock of 4/4, the aggression offering a raucous alternative to dance as a way of participating