Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

Best Jazz Of 2014

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

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Cuba: The New Normal

Even things that seem necessary, logical and overdue can arrive unexpectedly. As with President Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with… More ›

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Cassandra Wilson on Billie Holiday

I recently got word that Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has signed singer Cassandra Wilson. Wilson’s first album for the label will be “Coming Forth By… More ›

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Top Ten (So Far)

I don’t love making those year-end top 10 lists (for more on why, look here).

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Herbie Hancock Talking Possibilities

Here I am, reading a bit from the beginning of Herbie Hancock’s new book, “Possibilities,” (Viking) written with Lisa Dickey, at the start of our public conversation last night at Barnes &… More ›

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Harlem Stage Gets Very Very Threadgill

I can’t imagine a better way to experience the promise of creative music rooted in jazz than to spend much of this coming weekend at Harlem Stage, which opens its season with “Very Very… More ›

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When Culture Runs Into Trouble in NY and NOLA

I suspected—wrongly—that I was the only one drawing connections between the ordinances and enforcment measures that inhibit culture in New Orleans with those of New York and other cities.

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The Ballad of Glen David Andrews

Here’s yet more from me on a musician who stole my heart and captured my attention in New Orleans — trombonist and singer Glen David Andrews: A cover story for the August digital edition of… More ›

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Sonnygate’s Spawn

Hey, that Sonny Rollins piece (well, it wasn’t really a Sonny Rollins piece, but you know…) by Django Gold (who said in a comment on a blogpost that that’s his real name) in The New Yorker (on… More ›

Why pick on Sonny Rollins by name? Let's just make fun of jazz, which is even older than him.