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 >>
By Joseph Lapin
Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper.
But so many people out there, young or e ... More >>
March! The old saying is that it goes in like a lion and out like a lamb. But in tournament terms, it's more like it goes in like a crowded party where lots of people are invited and out like the very end of that long night, when the two people who know how to navigate the socializing ups and downs ... More >>
After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalized. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 14 seed Alicia Keys; No. 12 seed Blondie will have it out with No. 3 seed N ... More >>
After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalizedyou can peruse the bracket hereand it's time for you to vote. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 1 ... More >>
This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchupsfour of which will happen today, four tomorrow ... 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 >>
The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madnessin which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musiciancontinues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. The final match in our Uptown division pits its top see ... More >>
Here's to Art D'Lugoff, the great Village music impresario, the round and bearded political and artistic enthusiast, whose eclectic tastes educated more than one generation, and who died yesterday at 85. Much too young.
A friend, Thomas Vitullo-Martin, said D'Lugoff had been in good health, ... More >>
Oh just another fantastic day here in Musicland. Rashied Ali -- Philly-borne free-jazz drummer, John Coltrane co-conspirator when John started to get really out there, former NYC venue proprietor (Ali's Alley), and all-around badass -- died yesterday after a heart attack. He and Les Paul would've ... More >>