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Previewing…Winter Jazz Fest 2015

I’ll be in New York City this week for the JazzConnect conference and Winter Jazz Fest. Tickets for the marathon of concerts on Friday and Saturday are only $55 each, which is less than the price of two sets by some of these artists. But WJF is also a unique opportunity to listen to some of […]

Announcing…Sound Breaks – Symposium on Improvisation, Academics, & Social Advocacy

Part of the reason TRoS has seemed quieter this year is because of many, many hours spent with some long term planning that is finely coming to fruition. There are many to thank for their support and hard work thus far, and we’re all excited to publicly share the news about “Sound Breaks”… “Sound Breaks” will take […]

A belated happy 1st birthday to TRoS & the best 2013 jazz albums I (haven’t yet) heard

Such is the life of full-time professor who blogs part-time: lesson plans, class prep, and grading always come before new posts (the numerous half-drafted entries notwithstanding). I have been so immersed in grant applications, freelance academic writing, but most especially my majors-level jazz theory & improv course that I even forgot to mark the one-year […]

Considering the Approach before the Aesthetics: Vijay Iyer’s Research and Writings on Jazz

As a recently announced recipient of both the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Grant” and a professorship at Harvard University, pianist Vijay Iyer is commanding a level of public attention seldom witnessed among those in the jazz world. The attention has drawn praise and ire, with opinions ranging from extolling his virtues to questioning not just his […]

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 […]