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JAZZ COMPOSERS ALLIANCE ORCHESTRA
Getting the story
Full-length written histories of jazz can be a slog. Especially since "the story of jazz" (as critic Marshall Stearns titled his 1956 tome) only gets longer and more complicated. Personally, on these prose-narrative trips along the New Orleans–New York
Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux sing jazz's many strains
| December 04, 2009
Henry Threadgill Zooid | This Brings Us To, Volume 1
Henry Threadgill has been reinventing his language — and by extension the jazz language — for at least 30 years, beginning with the trio Air in the 1970s.
| October 30, 2009
In November 2008, cutting firewood at his home in Brooklyn, Mark Turner, 42, arguably the most influential tenor-saxophonist of his generation, lost control of the power saw he was using.
Fly and the Tiptons
| April 10, 2009
The JCA has been at it since 1985, a collective of musicians who are primarily composers rather than players, in need of an outlet to hear their pieces.
Darrell Katz and the JCA, Ben Ratliff, Jeff Turton
| November 18, 2008
State of the art
You could find just about any kind of jazz you wanted on the three stages at the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport last weekend.
Newport's Jazz ID check
| August 12, 2008
Man of the Century
Bo Diddley, a particular favorite of Lupo, was the first “name” performer to play the club.
The late, great Bo Diddley helped put Lupo’s on the map
PHILLIPE + JORGE
| June 04, 2008
The cyborg and the sistah
What’s in a fantasy world?
Janet’s Discipline and Badu’s New AmErykah
| March 17, 2008
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry the Phoenix wrote about in 2007.
Books: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
Holy spirit of the saxophone
John Coltrane died 40 years ago this past July at the age of 40 of liver cancer.
The John Coltrane Memorial Concert and Ben Ratliff’s Coltrane: The Story of a Sound
| September 12, 2007
The scene is typical for a Boston jazz date.
Jerry Bergonzi sets the standard — as player and teacher
| June 19, 2007
Tales from the ’hood
From the beat of the first hand-slapped tambourine, you know who you’re listening to.
Wynton takes some pot shots at pop culture
| March 20, 2007
I was going to say Roscoe Mitchell laughs like Mutley. But that’s not it exactly.
Roscoe Mitchell brings the word from Chicago
| October 17, 2006
Live, long and uncut
Here’s Miles performing not in the laboratory of the studio but in front of a live audience, unmediated by the mixing board or the razor blade.
Columbia opens Miles Davis’s Cellar Door
| January 12, 2006
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