These are the best jazz shows in NYC in May.
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 >>
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 >>
Give or take Downbeat polls or a sometimes-imagined rivalry with fellow downtown composer Rhys Chatham, neither John Coltrane nor Glenn Branca ever left much room for competition. During his lifetime, Coltrane cut a giant figure, an acknowledged giant of jazz whose ever-present curiosity helped the ... More >>
via Jazz Legacy Films Saxophonist, flautist, composer, arranger and educator Frank Foster died on Tuesday in his Chesapeake, Va., home. Born in Cincinnati on September 21, 1928, Foster's early jazz career was primarily in the Midwest, where he played tenor and soprano saxophone as a studen ... More >>
But sometimes more works, too
Recommendations by R.C. Baker
Recalling jazz's brief, obscure, but occasionally revelatory love affair with Broadway
An ambitious big-band project comes to fruition 30-plus years later
Trygve Seim and bandmates expand upon what by now is ECM's own jazz tradition
From sideman to mesmerizer to evangelical to interstellar space
The real possibilities open up when it doesn't cost a bundle to pursue your muse
Albert Ayler met Paul Gonsalves and Sonny Rollins's saxophone lineage was re-established
The jazz event of 2005 is an unknown Carnegie Hall concert that took place 48 years ago.
A piano trio whose fundamental aesthetic is irreverentget it, coppers, irreverent?
Two approaches to the dawning problem of expanding jazz repertoire, one of them novel
Gypsies and Jews, Afro-Cubans and avant-gardists, led by two smashing piano players
In spite of some silent heroes, it was a better year for recorded jazz than for the planet
Volume, energy, fire, and the majesty of an African chieftain
Roy Haynes and Max Roach Master Time
Arthur Blythe's Western Wind, Part II
Actress and Singer-Songwriter Abbey Lincoln Reinvents Herself Yet Again
Reissues by the Boxful, Singers by the Cut
The Best Jazz Records of 2001
The Perfect Drummer, Exactly Right and Exactly Like Himself
Bell Meets (Is?) Big Brother
Ten to Live With While Waiting for Godot
Three Classic Avant-Garde Schools Come Together Not a Moment Too Soon
How Jungle Is--and Isn't--the 'New Jazz'
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