Winter Jazzfest It grows and grows. The 10th anniversary Winter Jazzfest spans five nights (Jan. 7-11), nine venues and over 90 bands. There'll be three standalone concerts and two back-to-back marathons (6pm-4am) with hugely impressive lineups. A quick glimpse reveals the names Gary Bartz, Darcy Ja ... More >>
Harlem by way of New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott has emerged as a great force in jazz, as well as its most frank provocateur of truth since Rashaan Roland Kirk. His wildly incendiary testimonials of political frustrations ("Jenacide (The Inevitable Rise and Fall of the Blood Revolution)"), per ... More >>
Just as Kermit Ruffins sang "Sunny Side of the Street" with trumpet in hand, an early morning sun shone powerfully across North Rampart Street in New Orleans onto Congo Square. Two centuries ago, enslaved Africans and free people of color drummed and danced here each Sunday, exerting their right to ... More >>
This week the Voice sat down with New York jazz titan Charles Gayle, whose new album Streets portends a man on a quest to find peace within his craft and headspace. Gayle and Tom Surgal (of local avant-jazz stalwarts White Out) go way back to the revered '80s downtown era, and the percussionist, via ... More >>
Brought to you by an Englishman with a big crush on the Big Apple
The scene outside the New York Institute of Technology Auditorium Monday night suggested a Latin jazz celebration; pianist Eddie Palmieri, pianist/bandleader Larry Harlow, drummer Bobby Sanabria, trombonist Chris Washburne, and trumpeter Brian Lynch milled about. But this wasn't a concert, no ... More >>
Chico O'Farrill never made it back. His music did.
John Ross -- beat-era poet and revolution-championing journalist -- died this week in Mexico of liver cancer. He was 72 --- or was it 73? The Associated Press says the former, Counterpunch's Frank Bardacke, another veteran of the Bay Area left, says the latter. Whatever, the age matters less ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 12, 1968, Vol. XIV, No. 9 Remarks on Leary's Politics of Ecstasy by Allen Ginsberg By the late '40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved the most had already broken through the crust of old Reason & were dow ... More >>
Lionel Hampton brazenly guides jazz's evolution
Modern-day Cotton Club faces some unsettling developments
A Carnegie triumph for Mr. Rollins proves that the Sonnymoon is never over
Max Roach, at 83, left us on August 16, but his liberating presence lives on in his music
Ferocious homage mingles with daring fusion, looking both back and beyond
From Ornette Coleman to Esperanza Spalding, it's the music you need to hear
Miles Daviss estranged firstborn son speaks, softly but angrily
Our greatest tenor man began with Ayler and Gonsalves and kept going
Mi amigo, Latin music's most intellectual cat, made sure we listened
The jazz event of 2005 is an unknown Carnegie Hall concert that took place 48 years ago.
The Bush administration breaks up the long-running dance between American and Cuban musicians.
Stronger than ever at 64, an insider favorite goes for the jam
They're miles ahead of the competition, and the hip thing should be to dig both of them
At 74, maverick valve trombonist demonstrates that there's still life after J.J. Johnson
Roy Haynes and Max Roach Master Time
George Russell Goes for the Modes
Latin Jazz Finally Gets Its Due
Steel Traps and Soft Landings
John Lewis Keeps on Evolving
Living History or Death Sentence?
Ralph BurnsFrom Woody Herman to Ray Charles to Bob Fosse
Part two of our Jazz Supplement
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