Michael J. West

Michael J.’s Contributions


11/11/12    Features

Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Music Label

Defining success in today's online music biz


11/10/12    Features

Dave Douglas: Room to Breathe

The trumpeter discusses his quintet music, his prolific output and more


11/04/12    Overdue Ovation

Allen Vizzutti: Road Warrior

A prolific trumpeter fluent in jazz, classical and more


10/16/12    Education

Music Apps Roundup

A look at the best music apps for jazz fans and musicians


09/22/12    Features

The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

The Kennedy Center's long-running event continues on the path laid down by its founder, Dr. Billy Taylor


09/03/12    Features

Davy Mooney Invents His Own Tradition

7-string guitarist gets a push from John Pizzarelli


08/14/12    Albums

Gunnar Mossblad

Featuring a quintet drawn from the University of Toledo’s Jazz Studies faculty (of which the headliner, saxophonist Gunnar Mossblad, is head), CrossCurrents won’t blunt criticisms that contemporary jazz is abstruse and too, well, academic. Its 11 original...


08/09/12    Features

The Brain on Bop

Dr. Charles Limb researches the neurological miracles behind jazz improvisation


08/07/12    Albums

Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio
Across the Imaginary Divide

Across the Imaginary Divide ’s stylistic blend works best when tilting in banjoist Béla Fleck’s direction. It’s not that pianist Marcus Roberts falls short in either playing or concept, embracing old-school traditions as well as modernism. Far from it. Roberts...


06/25/12    Albums

Holy Abyss
Joel Harrison & Lorenzo Feliciati

Guitarist Joel Harrison doesn’t repeat himself. His last three albums included a long-form fusion soundscape, acoustic Americana and a with-strings tribute to Paul Motian. His two fine new releases, Holy Abyss (a collaboration with bassist Lorenzo Feliciati...


06/23/12    Albums

Grégoire Maret
Grégoire Maret

Harmonica player Grégoire Maret’s self-titled leader debut couldn’t have featured any other instrument. It’s full of delicate arrangements that a more powerful ax would crush. Ironically, the harmonica is the album’s major problem. Specifically, Maret’s...


05/20/12    Overdue Ovation

Sammy Nestico: Leaving the Shores of Security

On arranging for kids, pros, Hollywood, JFK…


05/15/12    Concerts

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival

Host Dee Dee Bridgewater (pictured), Allison Miller, Carmen Lundy and more in D.C.


04/19/12    Features

Anne Mette Iversen & Josh Ginsburg

In Brooklyn, two rising bass stars raise a family


04/19/12    Albums

All Our Reasons
Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street

Drummer Billy Hart’s current quartet lineup has been together since 2003, working steadily for most of that time; All Our Reasons , however, is only their second album (and first for ECM). It follows their 2005 debut, Quartet , a rhythmically forthright...


04/14/12    Albums

Ben Wendel

Frame should be a mess. It’s an eclectic zigzag of contemporary styles, played in configurations ranging from duo to full sextet, with multireedist (but primarily tenor saxophonist) Ben Wendel rotating between axes and keyboards rotating between players...

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About Michael J. West


Michael J. West has loved jazz since he was a teenager in North Carolina, but it wasn't until moving to the big city--Washington, D.C.--after college that he became a devoted fanatic. In addition to JazzTimes, he covers jazz for the Washington City Paper. His work has also appeared in the Village Voice, TBD, Jazz.com, the Monterey County Weekly and the East Bay Express.

West lives in D.C., near the "jazz district" of U Street, with his wife and daughter.

Michael J. West joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 13, 2008