Have you hugged a jazz musician today? You should. For the second year in a row, April 30th has been declared International Jazz Day by no less a reputable organization than the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This year's host city is Istanbul.
But why not L.A.? A ... More >>
By Joseph Lapin
Because there are multiple decades of jazz, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time; the hip cats with their canes and cool shades will throw their used saxophone reeds in my direction and call me a young whippersnapper.
Top Ten Jazz Albums for People Who Don't ... More >>
Monday, September 10
Katisse Buckingham Oddsemble
Trendy downtown whiskey bar Seven Grand has quietly become a late-night, early-week music hang over the last couple of years under the direction of booker/trombonist Justin Kirk. While seating is at a premium, the jazz and blues offered ... More >>
Since the late '80s Philly-bred bassist Christian McBride has been a low end powerhouse for artists including Milt Jackson, Diana Krall and Questlove. He spent the most time in our fair city between 2006 and 2010 when he was the "Creative Chair for Jazz" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and ... More >>
Few genres are as protective of their past as jazz. Some might say it's all they've got.
The discipline is largely defined by the classic record labels that brought the sounds to the masses. Jazz nerds will argue the superiority of one golden recording era versus another just as stubbornly as baske ... More >>
Duke Ellington and Richard Nixon spend some QTBy Sean J. O'Connell
Sonny Rollins is one of the greatest living jazz musicians. Since his first recording session with trombonist J.J. Johnson in 1949, he has relentlessly dedicated himself to discovering the limits of the honking beast. This Th ... More >>
Kurt Cobain, RIP (1967-1994)Today, on the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's untimely death, we reprint the following reflections from Jonathan Gold, originally written seven years ago.
1. A friend's East Village studio somewhere in July 1989. Nirvana, who had slept on the floor, are pissed, ... More >>
Flying LotusAvant-garde beatmaker Flying Lotus is the toast of the town right now, the release of his new album "Cosmogramma" having hit the shores of electronic music like a tsunami and folks still buzzing over his eye-popping set at Coachella. For the man born Steve Ellison, this weekend's ... More >>