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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Lavelle, John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

Read "Harmolodic Monk" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un album il cui titolo evoca simultaneamente due grandi iconoclasti come Ornette Coleman e Thelonious Monk non può che incuriosire. Le composizioni, poi, rimandano tutte al secondo, mentre ornettiano (armolodico, appunto) dovrebbe essere il trattamento.

Matt Lavelle, che con Ornette ha studiato (e ha pure suonato con Bern Nix, chitarrista del Prime Time), ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

Read "Harmolodic Monk" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every time it looks like all the gold has been mined from Thelonious Monk's music, somebody comes along to prove otherwise.

Harmolodic Monk finds multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle and percussionist John Pietaro applying saxophone icon(oclast) Ornette Coleman's freeing philosophical ideal(s) to Monk's oft-performed music. To some, the resultant performances may seem far more complex ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

By John Pietaro I was heartily saddened by the sudden unexpected phone call: downtown’s unsung hero of Free Jazz, Will Connell, Jr., was hospitalized and non-responsive. Immediately the jazz and new music community rallied and the outpouring of love for Will was apparent. We’d all been preparing for his big moment at the front of the stage, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro: Harmolodic Monk

Read "Harmolodic Monk" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

In multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle's insightful blog, “That Fat Eb Feels Mahogany to Me," he discusses a challenge shared by many jazz musicians: “With people doing more and more repertoire projects to get work and for sheer love of that artist, I have been thinking about ways to explore the relationships between the kings without doing a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Monday Night Jazz Sessions @ Quinn’s In Beacon, NY Announces Its Schedule For 2014

Monday Night Jazz Sessions @ Quinn’s In Beacon, NY Announces Its Schedule For 2014

The Monday night jazz sessions that began this past October at the new Beacon, NY venue Quinn's have been enormously well-received both by audiences (many of whom by no means jazz fans) and musicians, locally and worldwide. By showcasing some of the most acclaimed, uncompromising artists covering a very wide spectrum of the music in a relaxed, supportive, listener-friendly environment ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erika Dagnino Quartet: Signs

Read "Signs" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Italian poet Erika Dagnino runs a transatlantic- bilingual career. In Europe she works with avant-garde and free jazz musicians as Italian violinist stefano Pastor}] and English saxophonist {{George Haslam. In the States she recorded with avant-garde composer and pianist Chris Brown and leads her own New-York based free jazz quartet comprised of reed player Ras Moshe, ...

NEWS: EVENT

William Parker Launches New Monday Jazz Series At Quinn's, New Music Venue In Beacon, NY On October 7 at 8 Pm

William Parker Launches New Monday Jazz Series At Quinn's, New Music Venue In Beacon, NY On October 7 at 8 Pm

The new Beacon, NY music venue, Quinn's, is proud to announce a new series of jazz sessions taking place every Monday night beginning in October. Hosted and curated by local musician James Keepnews, this series will present the finest and most cutting- edge artists at work in the music today, both regionally and internationally. For these Monday night jazz performances at ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Change Of The Century - New Jazz For The 21st, to Present Cutting-Edge Contemporary Jazz Artists Monthly at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY

Beginning in March and continuing into the summer, the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY will present a monthly series, “Change of the Century – New Jazz for the 21st”, featuring some of the most exciting figures in contemporary music. Organized by local musician, writer and multimedia artist James Keepnews, “Change of the Century” intends to ...