Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

2016 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its selections for 2016 NEA Jazz Masters, the highest honor that our nation bestows on a jazz musician, which includes a cash award of $25,000 and an… More ›

2016 NEA Jazz Masters (top row): Gary Burton, Photo by Bill Gallery; Archie Shepp, Photo by Monette Berthommier; (bottom) Pharoah Sanders, Photo by Quentin Leboucher; Wendy Oxenhorn, Photo by Klaus Lucka.

Now Playing (New & Forthcoming CDs)

Fred Hersch Solo (Palmetto, out Sept. 4): In some ways, it’s remarkable that pianist Fred Hersch is with us to celebrate his 60th birthday, which this new solo CD marks. Hersch’s brilliant… More ›


Cutting Ornette Loose

It’s hard to describe how it feels to stand at the podium of Riverside Church, to look down at a coffin that holds Ornette Coleman’s body, and to look out at a large crowd including Yoko Ono,… More ›

Pharoah Sanders playing at Ornette Coleman's funeral at Riverside Church, June 27, 2015. Photo by Enid Farber ©2015