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 >>
Tuesday night, we were invited to play a small part in Kate Bornstein's book party at the experimental theater Dixon Place, to celebrate the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.
Earlier that day, our cover story about Kate had popped up on the website, and the print version of this ... More >>
Friday-Saturday, January 6-7
Better than: Summer Zydeco Fest (assuming such a terror exists).
After a discordant, twisted reimagining of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" by his trio Ceramic Dog, guitarist Marc Ribot slyly reminded the audience at Sullivan Hall Friday wha ... More >>
Nicholas Payton with Gary Bartz, Marcus Strickland, Ben Wolfe, Orrin Evans, and Touré
Thursday, January 5
Better than: Having a "discussion" on the Internet.
If Nicholas Payton had it his way, the venue where he moderated a discussion last nightBirdlandwould not be known a ... More >>
Best pre-vacation reminder of a great American cultural icon: Nat Hentoff, on NPR two weeks ago, hailing Abbey Lincoln after her death at 80. Here was Hentoff, in that stoic-staccato voice that once rattled down the hallways here, telling about his 1960 production for his Candid record label ... More >>
Beloved jazz pianist Hank Jones, who died over the weekend, sat down with our own Rob Trucks backstage at Birdland in late 2008 for an extended interview; his most remarkable answer (delivered between sips of a delicious-looking coffee-type beverage) was in response to the request that he recall s ... More >>