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 >>
In this week's Voice: I am generally underwhelmed by MDNA, the new album by Madonna; Brad Cohan talks to the resurgent Aussie pub-rock act feedtime; and Seth Colter Walls previews this spring's best music offerings, including Vijay Iyer, Bruce Springsteen, the Ende Tymes Festival, and Mary Halvorson ... More >>
Secret Society Big Band
Galapagos Art Space
Friday, March 9
Better than: A certain big band that snoozed its way through the blues uptown a couple of nights earlier.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Societyan impeccably appointed 18-wheeler of a jazz group in top shapemade only its second ... 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 >>
As the winter thaws out, more summer concerts are showing up on the calendar's horizon. Today, the City Parks Foundation announced the schedule for this year's SummerStage, which takes place from June 7 to September 2 in parks all around the city, with the mainstage happening at Central Park. ... More >>
Where the magic happens
Das Racist's new mixtape, Sit Down, Man, is out next week; among its many delights is "Free Jazzmatazz," a self-explanatory collaboration with wildly feted jazz pianist Vijay Iyer. It seemed like a good idea to a) ask Iyer if we could chat about how this unlikely (?) union ... More >>
Adios Carlos D! Photo by Lee Gwyn.In this week's Voice, we present our fall arts guide: Mikael Wood on the return of Interpol, sans Carlos D; Angela Ashman goes shopping with Karen O's style guru, Christian Joy; Aaron Hillis interviews director Oliver Stone; James Hannaham talks to author Mat ... More >>
Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer's trio disc Historicity was the consensus 2009 pick for album of the year (says the Voice's own poll, anyway); if not the highlight, his spry cover of M.I.A.'s "Galang" is certainly the first thing to jump out at you. Now, the inimitable Wayne and Wax has taken the li ... More >>
Eek, it 's Michael Musto, in a series of glamorous guises (we're not showing his Susan Boyle because we want you to prepare yourself first) and Running Down the Decade like it's never been run down before.
(He also gets in not one, but three Top Tens. What a trouper!)
Francis Davis presi ... More >>
Vijay Iyer: Delightful deconstruction. Photo by Jimmy Katz/ACTIn this week's Village Voice, we present the fourth annual Village Voice Jazz Poll: Francis Davis on the winners, led by Vijay Iyer's Historicity and Darcy James Argue's victory as best debut, for Infernal Machines; Tom Hull's own ... More >>