Meet Daniel Lehner
What are you listening to right now? My current iPod nano (which I got deliberately to listen to albums more thoroughly/more often) presently has:
1. Billy HartAll of Our Reasons 2. Charles IvesSymphony No. 3 3. Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2 4. Count BasieThe Complete Decca Recordings, CD 1 5. Elmo Hope TrioMeditations 6. Fania All-StarsLive at Yankee Stadium, Part 1 7. Glenn BrancaThe Ascension 8. Grachan Moncur IIIEvolution 9. GZALiquid Swords 10. James BlakeJames Blake 11. Janice "Ms. JJ" JohnsonJ. J. Inc. 12. Mary Halvorson QuintetSaturn Sings 13. Ornette ColemanThis is Our Music 14. Steve Lehman TrioDialect Fluorescent 15. Wayne Shorter QuartetWithout a Net 16. Will McEvoy's MutuasmLabor of Labor
Which five recent releases would you recommend to readers who share your musical taste? 1. Deluxe (Clean Feed) by Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth 2. Accelerando (ACT Music) by Vijay Iyer Trio 3. Snakeoil (ECM) by Tim Berne 4. Union (Clean Feed) by Paradoxical Frog (Tyshawn Sorey, Kris Davis, Ingrid Laubrock) 5. Endangered Blood(Skirl) by Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Trevor Dunn, Jim Black, Oscar Noriega)
What inspired you to write about jazz? I've always enjoyed describing my musical listening experiences to others, finding ways to best describe, in musical and non-musical ways, what I experienced or what could be gleaned from a performance. It has helped me understand music better as a result of thinking about it in different ways. I also like being able to give artists the exposure and the press they deserve.
What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies? Between writing and playing music, free time is scarce, haha. Outside of music, I occasionally do creative writing (short stories, poems, etc.). I'm also interested in nature and particularly wild foods and have gone on foraging tours in the greater New York area.
What role does jazz music play in your life? I try to play it as often as possible and make part of my living off it of (in addition to other types of music). It's always been my main focus and my passion. I think it's improved me as a musician and person in a number of ways and listening to it has opened sonic doors for me as well.
How does writing about jazz contribute to the music itself? As jazz gets deeper and wider in its over 100 years of existence, it's becoming increasingly difficult for people to get a handle of what "jazz" is. I think those who write about it give people a sense of what elements are in place and where the artist is in the history (and present and future) of the music. I try to make writing about jazz as important to me as playing it. I really admire musicians like Ethan Iverson and ?uestlove (of The Roots) who blog and write about music so eloquently and passionately
What do you like most about All About Jazz? I like how thorough and non-sectarian we are about presenting the music. They showcase music from all over the map, both geographically and stylistically. It also presents so much in terms of different articles and works as a huge database for info about the music going way back.
What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz? I've been able to expand my view of the music through sitting down and talking to great and unique artists through interview commissions and I've also started to write for another music blog in NYC, Feast of Music, which afforded me the ability to attend the Newport Jazz Festival this past year
Daniel Lehner at All About Jazz.