Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

At Home With The Morans

I got a chance to sit around the kitchen table at the Harlem home of pianist Jason Moran and singer Alicia Hall Moran, for this interview piece in The Wall Street Journal. The piece was ostensubly… More ›

Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, as photographd by Dawoud Bey

Welcome to The New Quorum (Back in NOLA)

I’m back New Orleans, where I’m honored to be writer-in-residence with The New Quorum—an artist residency organization dedicated to bringing professional musicians and writers from… More ›

Photos by Kerry Maloney and Chrystal Nause ©Heirloom Collective

Top Ten Jazz Recordings of 2015

Those who pine for a new big idea in jazz—one that lends the music’s next chapter a catchy name—largely miss what’s going on. Radical thinkers—seeming outliers—are today’s prime movers…. More ›

Steve Coleman (left) and Henry Threadgill top my list and loom large on today's jazz landscape. (photos: left-courtesy Pi Recordings; right—Nhumi Threadgill)

Listening to the Women of Chicago’s AACM

I can’t think of a better way for the Jazz Institute of Chicago to wrap up a year of programming highlighting the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative… More ›


In William Parker’s Words

I first put William Parker on the cover of Jazziz magazine in 1999, when I was editor-in-chief. I’ve since written about Parker—who is best known as a bassist, but whose sincerity is nicely… More ›


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.