Better Than: That unimprovised Paisley/Cool J duet.
The format, in case you missed the emails, flyers, and Red Bull Music Academy promotional newspapers being handed out around the city, went something like this: One performer took the stage. He or she played for five minutes, at which point anothe ... More >>
Even though Bilal Sayeed Oliver -- that's Bilal, to his fans -- has a new album, A Love Surreal, ready for fans to consume, he is still hounded by that one question: Will Love for Sale ever get the proper release it deserves?
"Well, I don't know," Oliver says. "I would like for it to, but it's a lo ... More >>
Better Than: Watching the Internet.Boilerroom.tv has become a sort of voyeuristic dream party for DJ nerds over the last year or so. Proudly self-branded as "the world's leading underground music show," the website is sponsored by a handful of lifestyle-branded music partnerships - Red Bull Music Ac ... More >>
Harlem by way of New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott has emerged as a great force in jazz, as well as its most frank provocateur of truth since Rashaan Roland Kirk. His wildly incendiary testimonials of political frustrations ("Jenacide (The Inevitable Rise and Fall of the Blood Revolution)"), per ... More >>
Robert Glasper Experiment
Tuesday, February 28
Better than: Sitting at home with the radio.
"About what time does ?uestlove finish up at the Fallon show? It couldn't have been that long ago, right?"
That query, overheard amid the big beats pumping from the Highline Ballroom's s ... More >>
Vijay Iyer; Robert Glasper. Robert Glasper Trio Vijay Iyer Trio
Skirball Center at NYU
Thursday, April 28
Better than: Having another tornado warning to contend with.
What's the difference between "jazz fame" and the kind of recognition that gets you on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? Whate ... More >>
Lupe on the far left, Glasper on the far right, yo momma in the middle. Pic by Jozen.Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Lupe Fiasco
Friday, February 25
Better Than: A re-run of Wilmer Valderrama's Yo Momma
So I picked the wrong night to see the Robert Glasper Experiment at the Bl ... More >>
Robert Glasper, bringing along his continuing ExperimentAs we have previously opined, January's annual two-day Winter Jazzfest is one of the season's signature live-music events, packing an ever-expanding number of downtown clubs (five this year) with an ever-expanding cabal of folks inexplic ... More >>