Larry Blumenfeld on jazz and other sounds

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Happy International Jazz Day!

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Happy International Jazz Day! I had suspicions and reservations about that greeting six years ago, when UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and pianist Herbie Hancock (who is a UNESCO Goodwill… More ›

Nicholas Payton’s Emancipation Proclamation

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Through more of a decade writing about the lives and careers of musicians born and raised in New Orleans, I’ve been fascinated by how the best of these artists have not been weakened by their… More ›

Best Jazz of 2016

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

David Virelles: A Finely Tuned Antenna

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My pick hit right now comes from pianist David Virelles, who I’ve been following closely and writing about for quite some time. “Antenna” (ECM) is a 6-track, 22-minute EP released… More ›

Happy Columbus Day From Nicholas Payton

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In honor of Columbus Day—a holiday I can neither grasp nor endorse save for the joy of suspended alternate-side parking in my neighborhood—here’s a celebration from Nicholas… More ›

Fred Hersch, At Home at the Vanguard

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I try not to miss pianist Fred Hersch when he performs at the Village Vanguard. Hersch shapes the sound of his piano with care and fine calibration, which is doubly rewarded by the club’s… More ›

At Haystack, Summer 2016

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I’m still unpacking from my recent trip to Deer Isle, Maine. The clothes are long out of suitcases, and all that. Still, with newspaper deadlines and daily life rushing back in I haven’t yet made… More ›

Now Playing: Pick Hits and Forthcoming Albums

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Pick Hit:  Marc Ribot The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo (Yellowbird, just released) It’s hard to imagine something musical that guitarist Marc Ribot couldn’t do—or wouldn’t wish to…. More ›

O’Farrill 3.0: Adam Steps Out

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It came as no surprise to me when Adam O’Farrill placed in the top three at the Thelonious Monk Institute International Trumpet Competition two years ago, at the tender age of 19. I’d seen… More ›

NEA Names 2017 Jazz Masters

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There are still events that force me to check my cynicism at the door. The annual NEA Jazz Masters Awards counts among them. I may sometimes disagree with the choices of recipients, but never with… More ›