Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

Happy International Jazz Day!

Happy International Jazz Day! I had suspicions and reservations about that greeting six years ago, when UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and pianist Herbie Hancock (who is a UNESCO Goodwill… More ›


Harry Belafonte: When Colors Come Together

I’ve been thinking lately about Harry Belafonte, who will turn 90 on March 1. In many ways, particularly in this moment, Belafonte answers questions we seem to be confused about: what it means… More ›

Celebrating Ornette

After Ornette Coleman died in 2015, I was shaken. It’s not that I didn’t know he was frail. It was that I could no conceive of a world without him. I posted one hasty piece that began like… More ›


Bohemian Trio Leaps Across Borders

  In the midst of Havana’s Jazz Plaza festival in December, I took a break with Yosvany Terry, who has lived in New York City since 1999 and whose music helps define a cutting edge there. He… More ›

Best Jazz of 2016

First, my contrarian uncool confession: I don’t love lists. I just don’t think music is a competition. Nor is writing about it, for me, a ratings game. (I prefer telling stories and reviewing… More ›


David Virelles: A Finely Tuned Antenna

My pick hit right now comes from pianist David Virelles, who I’ve been following closely and writing about for quite some time. “Antenna” (ECM) is a 6-track, 22-minute EP released… More ›