These are the best jazz shows in NYC in December.
Shred sculpting radicals of the highest order, Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook are two of Brooklyn's finest six-stringers. Both have reigned as the Voice's Best NY guitarists and the intrepid pair can often be found extracting glorious sounds from their respective instruments at DIY jazz and exp ... More >>
Please get out and do something. Your roommates are worried about you.
This week, the Voice sat down with Northern Spy head-honchos Tom Abbs and Adam Downey to talk about the second installment of the label's Spy Music Festival, which will engulf this city's landscape from Friday through mid-July. But in typical unselfish fashion, Abbs and Downey weren't in a self-co ... More >>
In an interview with the Voice last year, AUM Fidelity head Steven Joerg made his mantra crystal clear: "Giants walk among us now, and you've got to fucking pay attention." For the last fifteen years, the proprietor and sole employee of the Brooklyn-based jazz and avant-soul label has been documenti ... More >>
Craig Taborn Trio Village Vanguard Thursday, April 5 Better than: Any live music I've heard this year so far. "I'm not one for much discourse while I'm up here," said Craig Taborn, addressing the crowd briefly before he sat down at the piano last night. He was smiling politely, offering some reass ... More >>
K. Leander Williams/tru2blupixMat Maneri, Kris Davis and Ingrid Laubrock The Stone Tuesday, October 11 Better than: Contemplating a change in the weather. Owing to its slightly larger size and moodierperhaps broodiertimbre, the viola is typically characterized by the fact that ... More >>
Vernon Reid, up to somethingWithout a guide, Winter Jazzfest can make you pretty crazy. On Friday and Saturday night, five venues -- Le Poisson Rouge, Zinc Bar, Kenny's Castaways, Sullivan Hall, and the Bitter End -- will feature a total of 68 short sets (new performers take the stage every h ... More >>
The adventurous Ten headlines the Voice's Fifth Annual Jazz Critics' Poll
Roswell Rudd has my favorite of the snapshots collected hereEarly January's Winter Jazzfest, a two-night, multi-venue fete that lured thousands of folks into Greenwich Village to see dozens of downtown-jazz stalwarts (Voice poll darlings Vijay Iyer and Darcy James Argue were among the star at ... More >>
Or slicing, or muscling—anything but letting up, really
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