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These are the best jazz shows in NYC in March.
Winter Jazzfest It grows and grows. The 10th anniversary Winter Jazzfest spans five nights (Jan. 7-11), nine venues and over 90 bands. There'll be three standalone concerts and two back-to-back marathons (6pm-4am) with hugely impressive lineups. A quick glimpse reveals the names Gary Bartz, Darcy Ja ... More >>
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 >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in September. Orrin Evans Pianist Orrin Evans of Philadelphia recently co-founded the artist collective Likemind, and for six nights at Jazz Standard (Sept. 3-8) he'll give a good idea of its breadth and purpose. He opens with Tarbaby, a quartet featuring renown ... More >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC this month.
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
The borough is where it's at
Saxophone giant Tim Berne is one forward-thinking renegade who started altering the landscape of jazz in the mid-1970s by wielding his horn and, in a show of then-unheard of DIY vision, launched his own record label. A late bloomer, Berne didn't pick up a sax until his very late teens but upon his ... More >>
Brooklyn-via-Cali drums heavyweight Ches Smith is a master of percussion, an omnipresent figurehead about town who holds the beats down for the likes of avant-jazz heroes like Marc Ribot, Darius Jones, Trevor Dunn and Mary Halvorson and can also be found pulling all-nighters drumming in Haitian vodo ... 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 >>
The adventurous Ten headlines the Voice's Fifth Annual Jazz Critics' Poll
We jazz June, we thrive soon
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 >>
William Parker's New York festival pays dividends for record buyers everywhere
A down year still yields plenty of power and exhilaration for adventurous jazzheads
New releases, reissues, debuts, and moreeach critic's picks
Balance and teamwork from individualists the record business considers totally impractical
A who, what, why, where, whenand how manyof the uncharted world of independent jazz labels
For fans in general and collectors in particular, a crucial social locus enters the virtual age
Gypsies and Jews, Afro-Cubans and avant-gardists, led by two smashing piano players
Collaging keyboardist meets the challenge of jazz-improv with techno surge protectors
Everything That Rises Must Converge
Your Choices Guide to Four Nights of CMJ Music
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