Category Listening…

Album review…Shirley Horn, “Live at the 4 Queens” (Resonance Records, 2016)

Resonance Records continues its spate of stellar historical albums with a previously unreleased live recording of the late pianist/vocalist Shirley Horn and her long-standing trio, bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. The set, recorded at the 4 Queens Hotel in Las Vegas, occurred the day after Horn’s 54th birthday during a year in which she […]

Preview…Two drummers hit in Boston

Ari Hoenig Trio at the Regatta Bar – Wednesday, January 25, 7:30pm Ralph Peterson Jr. at Scullers Jazz Café – Thursday, January 26, 8pm Two superior drummers–a teacher and his former student–lead groups at two of Boston’s premiere jazz rooms this week. Both shows promise top-notch performances by internationally renowned musicians. Over the last two decades […]

One More Once: Echoes of Past Futures and Inaugurating Redress in the New Term(s)

“When children grow up, where does the hope go? Is it outgrown like a pair of shoes or has it gone to sleep? Or is it lost somewhere inside of us?” – William Parker Because of an early start to the Spring 2017 semester, I missed the superb Winter Jazz Fest this year, following from […]

To Rush Would Be A Crime: After Shirley Horn’s Riffs on Albert Murray

Last Tuesday I joined Greg Thomas, Clifford Thompson, and Robert O’Meally on a panel celebrating Albert Murray’s writing and scholarship at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem on the occasion of Murray’s 100th birthday. Given the depth of their personal and studied familiarities with Murray, I’ll admit to being both honored and a bit daunted by the […]

Preview…WJF2016

Winter Jazz Fest—the most pre-eminent jazz festival in New York City—will once again take over the West Village this week with shows from Wednesday, January 13, to Sunday, January 17. Each year #NYCWJF builds on past successes and this year is no exception. In addition to another year of impressive acts, leading up to the festival, […]

Preview…Pangea Jazz Fest 2015

Before the first jazz records were recorded in 1917, New Orleans musicians were part of a culturally diverse scene, a conglomeration of African American, European, Creole, Afro-Caribbean, Mexican, Brazilian, and many other cultures, religions, and genres. And with ears open to them all, these proto- and early jazz musicians incorporated elements of each in their performances […]

It’s All There: Filmmaker Carol Bash Premieres The Lady Who Swings the Band

On September 22, 2015, after twelve years in production and planning, the New York City premiere of Carol Bash’s documentary, Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band was met with great anticipation at a sold-out Harlem Stage Gatehouse.  The film, which was first premiered in February 2014 at the Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival, […]