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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel: Celebrating William Parker at 65

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To mark bassist William Parker's 65th birthday, Philly-based reedman Bobby Zankel convened an all star sextet which included the honoree for a presentation of free jazz collectivism at the city's Painted Bride Arts Center in January 2017. Although not regular collaborators, they go back a long way. The pair first hooked up back in the loft ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bobby Zankel: The Soul of Jazz - Past, Present, and Future Tense

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[This is the first of an All About Jazz series of interviews and articles on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues," in which we will explore the current state of jazz around the world. Jazz has ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

William Parker: 65th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Painted Bride

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William Parker and Friends
Painted Bride Arts Center
William Parker 65th Birthday Celebration
Philadelphia, PA
January 21, 2017

To celebrate the 65th birthday of legendary bassist William Parker, the Painted Bride Arts Center, Ars Nova Workshop, and Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound joined forces to sponsor a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rashied Al Akbar / Muhammad Ali / Earl Cross / Idris Ackamoor: Ascent of the Nether Creatures

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The Lithuanian based No Business label deserves an award for its unstinting documentation of the loft jazz scene in NYC during the 1970s and early '80s. Often characterized as a time when nothing was happening, the reality couldn't be further from the truth. With the influx of new talent from the mid-West and California, the performance ...

NEWS: EVENT

David S. Ware Memorial Service At Saint Peter's Church

David S. Ware Memorial Service At Saint Peter's Church

The friends and family of the late David S. Ware will gather at Saint Peter's Church at 619 Lexington Avenue where it meets 54th Street on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:30pm The musical portions of the service will be presented by Cooper–Moore: solo harp
William Parker: special presentation
Muhammad Ali and Darius Jones: in duo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David S. Ware / Planetary Unknown: Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011

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For its second release, cooperative super group Planetary Unknown offers three collectively birthed cuts recorded live at the Austrian Saalfelden Jazz Festival in 2011. Even though given equal billing, saxophonist David S. Ware gets the biggest font size metaphorically in the concert introduction and features most prominently in the mix. In fact, it is Ware who ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vision Festival: Days 5-6, June 9-10, 2011

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Day 1 | Days 2-3 | Day 4 | Days 5-6 | Day 7
Kidd Jordan Quintet, Matthew Shipp/Evan Parker, Paradoxical Frog, Planetary Unknown
Vision Festival

Abrons Arts Center

New York City

June 9-10, 2011


Kidd Jordan Quintet

New Orleans saxophonist Edward Kidd Jordan, who was the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

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Renowned saxophonist David S. Ware continues to explore new avenues following his successful kidney transplant two years ago. Since then, Ware released Saturnian (AUM Fidelity, 2009), a stoic solo set, and Onecept (AUM Fidelity, 2010), a bristling trio excursion with bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith. Planetary Unknown surpasses even these notable recordings, featuring an ...

NEWS: RECORDING

David S. Ware - Planetary Unknown (Aum Fidelity, 2011)

David S. Ware - Planetary Unknown (Aum Fidelity, 2011)

There are few musicians quite as dedicated to their craft as saxophonist David S. Ware. Coming up on the loft scene, apprenticing with Cecil Taylor, driving a cab during the lean years, and surviving a kidney transplant, all of the ups and downs of his life go into the passion of his music.

On this album, he is aided ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Dance, a Debut, and a Free Concert at Vision Festival 16

Dance, a Debut, and a Free Concert at Vision Festival 16

Vision Festival begins Friday with a free concert for those who enjoy music alfresco in the public square and may not be able to afford a ticket.This is also a chance for the neighborhood children to get involved. Ras Moshe was one such child back in the 80s when an early counterpart to Vision Festival, Sound Unity, convened. Vision Festival FREE ...