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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Ben LaMar Gay

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Ben LaMar Gay

This week, let's take a look at some videos featuring Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Ben LaMar Gay, who's coming to St. Louis to perform in a concert presented by New Music Circle on Saturday, October 5 at Off Broadway. While Gay has been working in Chicago's busy improvised music scene for a while, he gained a new level of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble: Where Future Unfolds

Read "Where Future Unfolds" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

A creative force known as the Black Renaissance emerged on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s and developed through the next decades. This movement produced visual artists, writers and musicians, who explored new ideals of black culture via theatre, art works and composition to address social issues.

Damon Locks might seem a modern torch-bearer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun

Read "Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Clamoroso esordio discografico su International Anthem (etichetta evidentemente abbonata ai debutti con il botto, vedi Jaimie Branch l'anno passato) quello di Ben LaMar Gay. Multistrumentista, cantante, membro dell'AACM, da una ventina d'anni presenza trasversale tra hip-hop, avant jazz, indie rock, elettronica, musica brasiliana (risiede saltuariamente in Brasile), appassionato e specialista dell'overdubbing, decide di pubblicare come primo ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners

Read "2019 Winter JazzFest: The Out of Towners" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Read Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide while listening to this program.

New York may have the highest density of daily jazz performances in the world, but they mostly feature the countless, and very busy, musicians that belong to the local scene. The Winter JazzFest has traditionally offered a very welcome opportunity to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

2018 Jazz Surprises

Read "2018 Jazz Surprises" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The end of the year is the time when we usually look back and take stock. To celebrate the continuous growth and expansion of the music we love, we've decided to look back at the music that, for a reason or another, has surprised us the most this year. It features mostly young musicians, artists we ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide

Read "Winter JazzFest's Weekend Marathon: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

With each passing year, Winter JazzFest--New York's premiere jazz festival--has expanded the number of venues presenting an increasingly diverse array of musicians. There are several ways to approach a programme as dense and exciting as the 2019 edition of the two-day Marathon spanning January 11th and 12th. Thanks to an embarrassment of riches, festival goers face ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases

Read "Henry Threadgill, Ben LaMar Gay and other great new releases" reviewed by Jennifer DeMeritt

This week we check out new releases by some of the most exciting and innovative jazz musicians working today, from established names like Henry Threadgill and Nik Bärtsch to exciting up-and-comers like Ben LaMar Gay.

Happy listening!

Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Ben ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ben LaMar Gay: Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun

Read "Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

Within any given city you might hear birdsong and church bells competing with buskers, car horns and stereos. Within the realm of Ben LaMar Gay's debut album we run a similar gamut of sonic experience. A cornetist and composer from Chicago's South Side, Gay has worked with Jaimie Branch, Makaya McCraven and Joshua Abrams among others. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone

Read "Flesh & Bone" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Pur essendo basata su un'esperienza drammatica del 2009, che vide il quartetto di Mike Reed a problematico e pericoloso contatto con una manifestazione neonazista nella Repubblica Ceca, la musica contenuta in questo Flesh & Bone mantiene le caratteristiche di esuberanza ottimista ed estroversione che distinguono la produzione del batterista, in primo luogo quella pluriennale di People, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Reed: Flesh & Bone

Read "Flesh & Bone" reviewed by Troy Collins

Years in the making, Flesh & Bone was inspired by a racist incident Chicago-based drummer Mike Reed experienced in 2009. While on a European tour, Reed and his band, People, Places & Things, were caught in a neo-Nazi rally in the Czech Republic. Reed's ensemble--half black, half white--had been deliberately deceived into boarding a train bound ...