Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

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.

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 ›