January 2015

Elizabeth-Caroline Unit

Leader: Darius Jones Years Active: 2014-present Personnel: Darius Jones: alto saxophone, compositions Amirtha Kidambi: voice Sarah Martin: voice Kristin Slipp: voice Jean-Carla Rodea: voice Albums: The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity, 2014) Live Performances: Date Venue Media 2014     Oct 3 Weill Recital Hall   Sep 20 Greenwich House Music School   Mar 6 Roulette

From Wolves to Whales (2014)

Nate Wooley-Dave Rempis Quartet with Pascal Niggenkemper, Chris Corsano Aerophonic Records (CD) This collaboration is a meeting between alto saxophonist Dave Rempis, one of the stars of the Chicago free jazz scene, and three important figures in New York. Nate Wooley has been making waves as one of the leaders of a new generation of

Nate Wooley-Dave Rempis Quartet

Leader: collaborative Years Active: 2014-present Personnel: Nate Wooley: trumpet Dave Rempis: alto saxophone Pascal Niggenkemper: bass Chris Corsano: drums Albums: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic, 2014) Live Performances: Date Venue Media 2014     Feb 9 Legion Bar   Feb 8 Spectrum    

January Featured Artist: Yoni Kretzmer’s New York Premier of New Dilemma, Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

Rooted in the contemporary avant-garde jazz scene, with this project saxophonist and composer Yoni Kretzmer takes a daring step towards integrating chamber music and jazz. New Dilemma’s unique instrumentation alone brings to mind a multitude of associations, from early baroque to contemporary free jazz. The compositions aim to blur the gap between written and improvised

Playlist for the Week of January 5, 2015

Raoul Bjorkenheim, William Parker, Hamid Drake – DMG @ the Stone: December 26, 2006, vol. 2 (Downtown Music Gallery, 2008) William Parker Double Quartet – Alphaville Suite: Music Inspired by the Jean Luc-Godard Film (Rogue Art, 2008) Andrew Drury – The Drum (Soup and Sound, 2015) Michelle Arcila and Eivind Opsvik – A Thousand Ancestors

Music as a Healing Force: The Musical Philosophy of William Parker

On November 17, 2014, legendary bassist William Parker invited me to his apartment on the Lower East Side to talk about his musical philosophy. I had approached him about an interview after a gig he did in Brooklyn the previous month, introducing myself as a writer who focuses on “young and emerging artists.” He had

Brooklyn-based Battle Trance Does Southern/Midwest U.S. Tour, Jan 24-Feb 9, 2015

One of the greatest musical sensations to hit New York City in the past year, the four-saxophone group Battle Trance is completing its U.S. Tour with a turn through the southern United States before taking their music to the Midwest. Here are the confirmed dates: Jan 24: Pyramid Atlantic — Silver Spring, MD Jan 25:

Playlist for the Week of December 29, 2014

Last playlist for 2014! Happy New Year to all! Charles Mingus – Mingus in Stuttgart, April 28, 1964 Concert (Unique Jazz) [vinyl] David Helbock Trio – Aural Colors (Traumton, 2014) Kenny Warren – Laila & Smitty (Pretty Polymorphous, 2014) William Parker – I Plan to Stay a Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (AUM

2014 in review

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