Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

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 ›

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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 ›

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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.