Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

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Jazz and Colors

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Jazz and Colors took over Central Park again this past Saturday. The musicians showed up—30 bands in all, strategically positioned throughout the park from noon until 4pm. Listeners did too—some… More ›

Rumba for Bebo in Barcelona (Watch it Tuesday!)

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After the great Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés died on March 22nd at 94, his close friend Joan Anton Cararach, who directs the Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz in Barcelona, and who managed the… More ›

Marsalis to Head Juilliard Jazz Program

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I recall something Wynton Marsalis told me in 2010, while visiting a conservatory in Havana, Cuba. Marsalis was leading his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra through a weeklong residency in Havana, and… More ›

Meet Me in Harlem to Tune into Treme

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I’ll confess: Aside from NBA action, I don’t watch much TV. But the HBO series “Treme” is different: It’s required viewing in my home. “Treme” will begin its fourth… More ›

Now Playing…

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Looks like Fall brings trombones, among other things. Here’s what I’m checking out:

Fall Foliage (Jazz & Colors in Central Park)

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“Jazz & Colors” returns to Manhattan’s Central Park: An eclectic lineup of 30 jazz groups – ranging from small combos to big bands – will perform simultaneously over two sets in… More ›

Snakeoil, No Salesman

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If you’re in New York City this week, I suggest you head to the Jazz Standard on Wednesday night. You can wish alto saxophonist Tim Berne a happy 59th birthday by helping celebrate the release… More ›

Dee Dee Does Billie

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“Young people take note of this woman’s life, this woman’s bravery, so you can stand up and not be afraid to speak in your own voice. Children, stand tall and dare to be a Billie Holiday.” So… More ›

Saturday at the Met With John (Zorn)

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By the time John Zorn picked up his alto saxophone to play an improvised duet with drummer Milford Graves in front of Jackson Pollock‘s “Autumn Rhythm (No. 30)”
at Abstract Expressionism… More ›

Bill Frisell Digs Up New Roots

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Easing into George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You” earlier this month at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room in Manhattan, guitarist Bill Frisell produced a dry, processed metallic tone from… More ›

Now Playing…

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William Parker Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 (8-CDs, Aum Fidelity, Nov. 12): Bassist and composer Parker is one of the great and unique musicians of my lifetime, a father figure to… More ›

Trombone Shorty’s Latest Growth Spurt

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Trombone Shorty is actually sort of tall. And he’s as likely to captivate with his trumpet these days, or as singer, as with his namesake instrument. I’ve used those lines too many times in… More ›

Everywhere, Trumpets!

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Up in the balcony, they were all dressed in black. The trumpeters, that is, awaiting their cue after intermission during Wednesday night’s concert at Roulette, in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the second night… More ›

Now Playing…

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It’s gettting hard to keep up with the flow of new music, but here’s to trying. The latest stack: Tom McDermott Bamboula (Minky Records, 24): Pianist McDermott, who moved from his native… More ›