A good alternative to the CMJ Music Marathon, which colonizes New York this week, here's a list of jazz shows happening in the city we think you'll enjoy.
Enfants Terribles with Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock and Joey Baron Blue Note Thursday, August 16 Better than: The terrible twos. The word's out in jazz about the cache of collectives with band names as opposed to ensembles named for or operated by a catalyst instrumentalist or leader. La ... More >>
People have been concerned for a very long time with what's killing music. The current boogeyman is undoubtedly Auto-Tune, the pitch-correction software that can both sweeten off-key voices and create new vocal effects. Some have long protested its ubiquity: It will kill real vocals! Live performanc ... More >>
Through a series of maybe not-so-unfortunate events, I was a teenage jam band scenester, which, when properly italicized and luridly capitalized, sounds like a sordid music-crit version of a '50s exploitation paperback. But the truth is, I wasn't seduced by drugs, sex, or anything else until college ... More >>
Gil Evans Centennial Celebration Highline Ballroom Monday, May 21 Better than: Never witnessing a world-class band in action. I'm actually fortunate enough to have caught the Gil Evans Orchestra in the '80s, before it became a ghost band. Back then, when the slew of clubs lining Seventh Avenue Sou ... More >>
A strong crop of releases from tenor saxophonists
Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too. After a hard day's work.The drink: Blue Collar The bar: Silver Lining (75 Murray Street, Tribeca, 212-513-1234) The price: $14 The ingredients: Rye, amaro, sweet vermouth, dash of maraschino, ... More >>
Michael Rapaports A Tribe Called Quest documentary eclipses the surrounding drama
Coltrane totally slays on thisSo last week, our fearless and/or hapless panel of rock critics finally knocked one out of the park, proving a whopping 68 percent of writers can name all three members of Sleater-Kinney. Our seven-week parade of humiliation finally turned to a brief moment of jo ... More >>
A leader so authoritative he doesn't have to actually lead. Pics by Phil.Wayne Shorter Quartet Town Hall Wednesday, February 9 Better than: Staying home and watching American Idol, no matter how cold it was outside. Wayne Shorter has never been a particularly fire-breathing, get-'em-stompin ... More >>
Wagner and The Smiths arent so different after all
Revive Da Live brings in both crowds . . . very, very carefully
Last September, Barbra Streisand returned to the Village Vanguard club where she started, the result being a triumphant free concert that was a gift to her fans (if not to me--I couldn't get in). Well, at a party at the Gates for Richie Rich's sportswear line Tabloid Hero the other night, I ... More >>
A rare screening of one very long concert
Odes to fame, guns, and what we should've seen coming
A down year still yields plenty of power and exhilaration for adventurous jazzheads
Pleasurable epitaphs, avant-garde daring, and wonder-filled immigrant songs
Who knew the Mets announcer could tell bebop from bunting?
A stellar compendium of interstellar jazz oddities
Recalling jazz's brief, obscure, but occasionally revelatory love affair with Broadway
Professor, blogger, DJ, curator, and music zealot Oliver Wang reveals even more Soul Sides
Betty Davis's Betty Davis and They Say I'm Different
An ecstatic, tear-bursting evening in Björk's pagan gospel church
EZT shuts down, courts lag behind, WMG gets desperate
With the Brit avant-garde, rust-belt saxophone, Braxton standards, Dylan standards
Is it pornographic or pious? To decide, think location, location, location
Gerry Mulligan's concert jazz band was short-lived and indelible and not for dancers
Martial Solal Sets the Standard
John Lewis Keeps on Evolving
Jazz Competes With Its Past, Settles for the Hard Sell
Living History or Death Sentence?
Five Hit Singles Linked by No Concept Whatsoever!