Like seeing live music? Well GOOD NEWS, we've got every concert in the city worth a pair of ear plugs right here for you to comb through, and we add to the list each day.
Blue Note Jazz Festival, Helen Sung Quartet, and more lead a great month for live jazz
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in June.
Jazz vets hit the Vision Festival
These are the best jazz shows in NYC this month.
Two nights of orchestral-soul invention, Amerykahn made
Let's get small
When AUM Fidelity head Steven Joerg told the Voice that "Giants walk among us and you got to fucking pay attention," it was absolute that avant-garde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp was in his canon. Alongside the likes of William Parker, David S. Ware, Daniel Carter, Roy Campbell, Joe Morris, and Sabir ... More >>
While working in organist Jack McDuff's band in 1979, guitarist Marc Ribot learned not to "hit the obvious note," a guideline he's followed ever since. As a sideman, he's strummed for the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, the Lounge Lizards, and John Zorn; on his own, he moves from solo guitar to ... More >>
In an interview with the Voice last year, AUM Fidelity head Steven Joerg made his mantra crystal clear: "Giants walk among us now, and you've got to fucking pay attention." For the last fifteen years, the proprietor and sole employee of the Brooklyn-based jazz and avant-soul label has been documenti ... More >>
If ever there was a dude who exudes the air of spiritual illumination while being a total badass, saxophonist figurehead Darius Jones is it. In conversation, the burly alto overlord fuses his devout Southern rearing with New York City crud and attitude, as well as impassioned and bleeding respect fo ... More >>
A Spotify playlist of Sam Rivers' work is here. Jazz composer, multi-instrumentalist, and organizer Sam Rivers died of pneumonia on December 26. Rivers' importance to the American jazz avant-garde extended beyond his recordings and performances. In his demonstration of artistic self-reliance and co ... More >>
Brooklyn label has a plan for success
Tensions between promoters and musicians underscore this year's slate
The Vision Festival's lineup is lookin' good
Options abound for fans of all inclinations and bank accounts
Bernie Worrell and SociaLybrium doing "Super Stupid" a few days back Undead Jazzfest (Le) Poisson Rouge/Kenny's Castaways/Sullivan Hall Saturday, June 12 Just as the Vision Festival furthers its avant brand with smaller annual productions, the Winter Jazzfest braintrust expanded its reach this pa ... More >>
Transcending roots and relishing every moment, whether you've got the rhythm section or not
Summit EntertainmentWatch out: Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla on the cheerfully combative Midwest noise-pop of Wussy. Ira Kantor follows the thread from deceased cult-folkie Laura Nyro all the way to her gritty rapper son, Gil-T. Larry B ... More >>
Sorry JVC, the Vision Festival rules this year
New releases, reissues, debuts, and moreeach critic's picks
A down year still yields plenty of power and exhilaration for adventurous jazzheads
At two prominent jazz festivals, bright moments and cloudy forecasts
Avant-jazz titans the David S. Ware Quartet triumphantly disbandsort of
The far-reaching legacy of clarinet maestro Alvin Batiste
A party band fluent whether the language is Count Basie, Don Cherry, or 'Darling Nikki'
At a converted synagogue downtown, the faithful are rewarded
The ultimate jazz outsider confab comes to praise the dead
The cats are really cooking on CIMP out in Redwood, and so is the label owner's wife
Peter Kowald, 1944-2002