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Jazz Festival Season and the Aesthetics of Chance

Festival • n. 1 a day or period of celebration, typically for religious reasons. 2 an organized series of concerts, films, etc., typically one held annually in the same place. – ORIGIN ME (as adj.): via OFr. from med. L. festivalis, from L. festivus, from festum, (pl.) festa ‘feast’. indeterminate • adj. 1 not exactly […]

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Palimpsest

Palimpsest: Jazz and the Generational Continua am Palimpsest – 1.A parchment or other surface which later writing has been superimposed upon 2. Something bearing the traces of an earlier time “The Past is Never Dead, It’s not even past” William Faulkner Again the blogs erupt with obituaries, funeral orations and laments of the bitter and […]

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Turnarounds; 2011

In a year of global turmoil, occupied streets and roiling markets, jazz continued its plodding pace in the new millennium – doing the dialectical two step with tradition and innovation, reworking and shaping the existing languages while reminding us how deep and rewarding the tradition remains. Here are a few recordings that exemplified recombinant resilience […]

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Antiphony in Action

In 1964, arguably the height of what MLK Jr., called, “The Freedom Movement,” that found expression politically in the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Dr. King was asked to provide opening remarks for the Berlin Jazz Festival. His worlds, eloquent and concise as always, spoke directly to the emancipatory information […]

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Passages

Billy Bang And while still on strings, we note the passing of the exquisite jazz violinist Billy Bang, in NYC last month, age 62. Born William Walker in Mobile, Ala, Bang grew up in Spanish Harlem, where a young Black kid with a violin case learned quickly the ways of the street. After serving two […]

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String Theories

If you poke around the closets of your average jazz writer you are bound to come across the forlorn trumpet, clarinet or guitar often picking up dust in a dark corner, forsaken for the music of the pen. No cynicism about those who can’t do, teach, from this writer –  who still  takes the guitar […]

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Signifyin’ in Rhythm

*They come in search of the source of the mystery” – Ralph Ellison The task of writing about jazz is forever plagued by its own insufficiency. Much of that lies in the challenges to creating context – to play the day, scene or moment as the masters would so signify with a single blue note, […]

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Jazz Family Values

“At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love” – Ernesto “Che” Guevara “Man, they tell you there are boundaries to music, but there are no boundaries in art.” – Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker Your correspondent returns from a week catching the sounds of the […]

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