2016 has proven that jazz and creative music in general, are healthier than ever. Artists like Steve Lehman, Nate Wooley and Vijay Iyer continue to push the envelope while those like Bob Gluck find ways to make the old, very new. This list isfor the most partoutside the mainstream because that is where artists risk the most to tell their stories; it is where many listeners go to be challenged.
Nate Wooley Seven Storey Mountain V (Pleasure Of Text Records)
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord 2016: EPs (Hot Cup Records)
I love jazz because it makes you reach inside and outside.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student of Pat Martino.
I met Michael Urbaniak at the Bottom Line in NYC.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino at the Village Vanguard.
The first jazz record I bought was STRINGS by Pat Martino
My advice to new listeners stay loose.