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House Appropriations Committee to NEA: Keep Jazz Masters

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

The National Endowment for the Arts has been directed by the US House Appropriations Committee in its report to Interior to continue the American Jazz Masters Fellowships and dump its proposed American Artists of the Year honors. The report also supports continuation of the NEA's...

Urban Realism and Treme

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

"Life is glorious and vibrant and joyous at points, but it is essentially tragic. That's not a unique David Simon perspective." So sayeth David Simon, (pictured left; right is a Mardi Gras Indian portrayed by Clarke Peters), executive producer with...

Hurray for Treme

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

"Do Watcha Wanna," the season finale of Treme, had everything I watch the series for: Compelling characters embodied by terrific actors; plausible and suspenseful quick-cutting across and interweaving of plot strands;confident command of realities afflicting post-Katrina/pre-Gulf oil spill New Orleans, andthe extraordinary depiction...

Symphonic "jazz" compositions, big bands and holiday blasts

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

The American Composers Orchestra readings of short symphonic works by jazz-oriented composers which I wrote of in my CityArts column and posted about here are now available to hear, thanks to Lara Pelligrinelli at NPR's A Blog Supreme. The 23rd...

Jazz in Jordan: Yacoub Abu Ghosh explains and plays

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Jazz and its evolution goes on everywhere - as bass guitarist/bandleader/composer/producer Yacoub Abu Ghosh explained and demonstrated to me in Amman, Jordan last March. Ghosh and his Stage Heroes performed at their weekly gig at Canvas Cafe Restaurant Art Lounge....

American Composer Orchestra: Jazz composers welcome

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

The American Composers Orchestra gave eight jazz-oriented composers a year to work up five minute pieces and composer-mentors to help, then staged readings conducted by George Manahan during one of the busiest weeks of the jazz summer. Read about it...

New NEA Jazz Masters: A classy last class

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

The National Endowment for the Arts's final designated Jazz Masters are all worthy: drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Von Freeman, bassist Charlie Haden, singer Sheila Jordan and trumpeter-educator-organizer-gadfly Jimmy Owens have had long and profoundly influential if not broadly celebrated or financially rewarded...

More on Scott-Heron -- artist in the American tradition

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

I turned to the recordings of Gil Scott-Heron after writing that he should have and did known better than to abuse drugs as he did, leading to his decline and demise. They make me ever more impressed with his scope...

Gil Scott-Heron, hard-eyed realist, dead of self-inflicted escapism

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Gill Scott-Heron, dead at age 62, was a poet, prophet and spokesperson of the black urban American experience. A merciless and unsentimental truth-teller when he emerged on the scene in the '70s, by telling Afro-identified kids dancing to Motown and...

Celebrating jazz excellence -- Awards, honors and privileges

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

The NEA zeroes out its Jazz Masters program, the Grammys cuts categories so pop best-sellers regain prominence vis a vis less obviously commercial stars, but the Jazz Journalists Association's 15th annual Jazz Awards -- to be held June 11, 2011...

South African jazz hero Zim Nqgawana dies, age 52

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Neil Tesser has written an informative post about Zim Ngqawana, the South African jazz musician who died at age 52 of a stroke May 10. Ngqawana, whose name is pronounced with a glottal "click" between the "N" and first "a,"...

CityArts New York June jazz fests bustin' out-all-over supplement

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

CityArts New York let me play jazz supplement editor. Read my lead feature on upcoming in June the NYC Blue Note Jazz Festival, UnDead Festival, gigs everywhere and more respect! Also Kurt Gottschalk on the Vision Festival's backstory, David Adler on three...

Steve Reich @ Carnegie Hall @ 75, with devotees

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Composer Steve Reich, age 75, knows secrets of correlating pulsating rhythms and interlocking layers of sycopated melodic patterns which he's eager to reveal in every work he writes. His musical signature is so unwavering it might veer into self-parody, but...

Creative Music Studio, Woodstock at Columbia U and East Village

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

My CityArts - New York column is about the Creative Music Symposium, organized by Karl Berger, pianist/vibist with his wife Ingrid Sertso, who cofounded with free-thinking Ornette Coleman of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock NY (1972-1984). The symposium at Columbia University's Center...

James Moody, bop saxophonist, flutist, humorist: 3/25/25 - 12/9/10

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Sad news: Jazz giant James Moody died of pancreatic cancer today, age 85. This is confirmed on Moody's own website. A brilliant improviser who emerged from Dizzy Gillespie's big band to join the young turks of bebop (Monk, Bags, Klook, Blakey)...

Bobby McFerrin: Don't worry, just sing

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Vocalist extraordinaire Bobby McFerrin, composer-conductor Roger Treece and 40 voices including the Danish "rhythm choir" Vocal Line performed pieces from the album VOCAbuLarieS at Jazz at Lincoln Center Friday and Saturday night, establishing a high standard for contemporary vernacular choral music and...

Randy Weston, Giant Standing

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Pianist, composer, ensemble leader, now autobiographer -- at age 84, Randy Weston is a huge and undiminished presence. Read my column in City Arts New York about how he's just published African Rhythms, his life story, is signing it at Tribecca Performing Arts Center (NYC)...

Video for fans of Sonny Rollins & harmolodics

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Too good to not post: Ornette Coleman was surprise guest with Sonny Rollins at his fast-become-famous Beacon Theater 80th birthday party on September 10 (backstage there was birthday cake shaped like a saxophone, made of marzipan). Note SR's quote at...

Jazz festival weekend: Is anybody counting?

5 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

Can we guestimate how many listeners will be out hearing jazz this Labor Day weekend, at festivals free and/or famous around the U.S.? Chicago, Detroit, Tanglewood, Aspen, Vail, Los Angeles, Washington DC (well, Herndon VA), Philadelphia, San Jose, Macinac Island (Michigan) Indianapolis,...

Italy here I come

6 years agoMusic / Jazz : Jazz Beyond Jazz

The Siena Jazz Workshop has me present my book Miles Ornette Cecil - Jazz Beyond Jazz (buy it for your Kindle!) Sunday, July 25 at 10 am (yes, in Siena, Italy). Can you suggest unmissable music in Tuscany (or Vetirbo through...

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