Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Side/ways of François Moutin: Around JazzConnect and WJF2013

At the JazzConnect conference and Winter Jazz Fest in Manhattan, of all the well-covered, publicized performances and impromptu sit-ins outed at the last minute through hashtags and re-tweets, one of the most captivating performances flourished in spite of its relative obscurity, bathed in the antiseptic, fluorescent lighting of a non-descript, cookie-cutter, hotel conference room. Amid the blandest setting […]

Track reviews…Errol Garner (

[I wrote these track reviews of iconic Errol Garner performances in 2006 for Ted Gioia’s website The project featured articles, interviews, an encyclopedia of musicians, and these 100-word track reviews. All of the content is still posted, but the site is not currently being updated.] An early solo recording—from 1945—released on Yesterdays 1944-1949 […]

Fairweather and “Fair Weather” – The Painter as Jazz Musician (Jazz Profiles)

On his blog “Jazz Profiles,” Steven Cerra hypothesizes possible resonances between jazz performance and painting via the late artist Ian Fairweather and Art Farmer’s recording of “Fair Weather.” The post, which can be read in its entirety here, also includes links to Cerra’s related articles on the intersections of visual art and jazz.

“The Black Arts: Making Jazz in the Mainstream” (NPR)

[Patrick Jarenwattananon has written a thoughtful article and attentive summation of jazz and/as black and African American music in 2012, featuring discussions of Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, and Nicholas Payton, among others. -ML/TRoS] Here’s an excerpt: “With momentum behind the likes of Glasper and Spalding, and no shortage of young musicians in their wake, the […]

“Jazz in the Middle East” (Discover Jazz)

[The following essay appears in the textbook Discover Jazz, edited by John Edward Hasse and Tad Lathrop and published by Pearson in 2011.] The term Middle East signifies not only a vast geographical region of the world stretching from Morocco to western India but also a diverse set of cultural constructs that derive from population migration, […]

Monetizing TRoS

Throughout the blog, you’ll find links for purchasing books and recordings via Amazon. I’m including these links — and monetizing TRoS — for two reasons: 1) To encourage readers and participants in the blog to invest in the artists, musicians, and writers whose work this blog supports…and… 2) To generate a small revenue stream for […]

Hurricane Sandy Relief via the Jazz Foundation of America

The Jazz Foundation of America sponsored a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief in November 2012. If you would like to contribute to the desperately needed relief efforts, please do so via this link on the JFoA site.

Album review…Nat Cole, “Tenth Anniversary” (EMI)

[Published in the Spring 2008 issue of “Jazz Improv Magazine”] Nat “King” Cole TENTH ANNIVERSARY—EMI Music Special Markets CCM-870. Dream a Little Dream of Me; There! I’ve Said It Again; Lulubelle; I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm; The Love Nest; But All I’ve Got Is Me; Peaches; I Can’t Be Bothered; Too Soon; Rough Ridin’; […]

Book review…Making the Changes: Jazz in South African Literature and Reportage (by Michael Titlestad)

[This review was published in a 2010 issue of the academic journal African Music (volume 8, issue 4). While reading this book and researching the review, I discovered the sociologist David Sudnow’s work on jazz piano, which proved to be a seminal moment for me as a performer and scholar. Sudnow’s research was an essential […]

Track reviews…A Dozen Latin Jazz Classics ( ran a feature called “The Dozens” which highlighted twelve iconic, influential, or otherwise important tracks by a particular artist (described in more detail here). In 2008 I contributed this article on classic latin jazz recordings. The editors ran this note as an introduction: “Pianist Mark Lomanno first traveled to Cuba on a research grant, […]