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Bern Nix

Bern Nix has played the guitar since the age of 11. Bern studied music and graduated with a degree in music education from the Berklee College of Music. Since 1985, he has led The Bern Nix Trio. Before leading his Trio, Bern performed and recorded with {{m: Ornette Coleman = 5818}} from 1975 to 1987 as an original member of the Prime Time Band. The Prime Time Band recorded six albums including Dancing in Your Head, Of Human Feelings and Body Meta and performed hundreds of concerts around the world. The Bern Nix Trios first recording, Alarms and Excursions (New World Records) was released in 1993, making many top ten critics lists

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 REVIEW

Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert with William Parker: New Normal

Read "New Normal" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If sentimentality is the synonym of nostalgia, then the antonym is anticipation, and maybe a better word would be modernity. That word comes to mind spinning the trio recording New Normal by trombonist Jeff Albert, drummer Dave Cappello and their guest, bassist William Parker. Sentimentality is often associated with New Orleans, the birthplace of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

L.A. Jenkins / Hasan Abdur-Razzaq / Adam Smith: Intrusion

Read "Intrusion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

This outwardly simple and uncomplicated trio recording by L.A. Jenkins matches three improvisers with almost identical musical visions. The guitarist collaborates with saxophonist Hasan Abdur-Razzaq and drummer Adam Smith. Both partners are versed in the exploratory music of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Pharoah Sanders. And both are members of The Wizards, a quartet that mines ...

Bern Nix Quartet: Negative Capability

Label: 56kitchen Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Desert Storm; Furniture Music; Fire Within; Les Is More; Naomi; Don’t Try So Hard; Under the Volcano.

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

The Jazz Musician's Tarot Deck

Read "The Jazz Musician's Tarot Deck" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

The Jazz Musician's Tarot Deck Matt Lavelle 55 pages ISBN: 14186207 Lulu 2013 Multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle is an artist who loves a challenge. Not content to play one instrument, he plays several: trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and alto clarinet. Looking to expand his creativity, he started blogging a few years ...

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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 ...

Bern Nix Quartet: Negative Capability

Read "Bern Nix Quartet: Negative Capability" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Guitarist Bern Nix has participated in many fine groups over the course of his career, most notably saxophonist Ornette Coleman's historic Prime Time, where Nix became one of the foremost interpreters of Coleman's groundbreaking harmolodic approach. These days Nix has created a quartet that's exploding onto the jazz scene in a big way. After a fiery ...


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