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Inspired Intuition and Dissociative Play: The Improvising World of Jean-Michel Pilc

One of my old piano teachers used to tell me, “Play the note all the way to the bottom of the key.” His advice was less about volume than about intent: he was cautioning me against the timid play of young improvisers. In that moment, I might know generally what I hoped to accomplish, but […]

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 […]

Biography…Arturo Sandoval (jazz.com)

An important part of the jazz.com site is its encyclopedia of jazz musicians. I wrote this entry for Arturo Sandoval in 2008 (the original post can be found here): In 1982, Dizzy Gillespie hatched a plan to introduce a young discovery of his, Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, to the world. When the two met at […]