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
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 >>
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 >>