Evan Haga

Evan’s Contributions


01/16/14    Albums

Ben Monder

Guitarist-composer Ben Monder’s Hydra , his first album as a leader in eight years, is esoteric but you’d be wrong to file it under “avant-garde”; it’s too technically brilliant and radiantly produced, and its personnel includes postbop and fusion A-listers...


01/13/14    Features

Revisiting Winter Jazzfest's 10th Anniversary

Jazz till you drop


01/10/14    Features

The Gospel According to Wynton Marsalis

The JALC Orchestra mounts an ambitious spectacle of spirit

12/25/13    JT Notes

Evan Haga Introduces the December 2013 Issue

Art to art: René Marie's one-woman show


12/25/13    News

Yusef Lateef Is Dead at 93

Saxophonist and flutist introduced new instruments, world traditions into jazz


11/24/13    Features

Recapping the 2013 Monk Competition

Chile’s Melissa Aldana emerges victorious

11/16/13    JT Notes

Editor Evan Haga Introduces the November 2013 Issue

Sound Art with John Zorn

10/16/13    JT Notes

JT Notes: Evan Haga Introduces the October 2013 Issue

The Ending Summer


09/26/13    Features

Wayne Shorter Headlines His Own Birthday Party

Recap: The Night Dreamer at Town Hall, NYC, June 2013


09/19/13    Concerts

Melissa Aldana Wins 2013 Monk Sax Comp

Chilean tenor player tops fierce international competition

09/05/13    JT Notes

Editor Evan Haga Introduces the July-August 2013 Issue

The world on six strings—guitars galore

09/02/13    JT Notes

JT Notes: Editor Evan Haga Introduces the September 2013 Issue

Apolitical, please


08/21/13    Albums

Big Sur
Bill Frisell

Being both prolific and consistently compelling in jazz is a tough trick; it generally requires employing the same personnel and a trademark sound but convincingly reinventing the surrounding context. Guitarist Bill Frisell has managed this feat for about...


08/06/13    Features

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013

Hard-core modern jazz comes to a packed-out Madison Square Garden


08/05/13    Albums

Black Aces
Slobber Pup

A longtime utility player for John Zorn, keyboardist and composer Jamie Saft shares the maestro’s fearless versatility and his willingness to burrow deep into genre. On Chaliwa , the second album by his New Zion Trio, Saft continues to explore the wholly...


07/23/13    Albums

Michael Wolff/Mike Clark
Wolff & Clark Expedition

Pianist Michael Wolff and drummer Mike Clark’s Wolff & Clark Expedition is an interesting case study: This trio’s groove-minded, harmonically savory style is so accessible, yet there aren’t a lot of other bands like it. Being immediately likeable somehow...

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About Evan Haga


Current JazzTimes editor Evan Haga signed on with the magazine in May of 2006 as an associate editor and spent several years as managing editor. Under his direction, JazzTimes has won the Jazz Journalists Association’s Award for Best Periodical six times. His tasks at the magazine include everything from assigning and editing pieces to photo editing and assisting with design concepts. He also enjoys writing when his editorial gig allows: In addition to clips for JazzTimes, his reviews and profiles have appeared in HARP, Living Blues, the Baltimore Sun and NPR Music. His 2011 JazzTimes article "Night & Day," a comprehensive look at the relationship between jazz and heavy metal, won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

Haga, a graduate of the University of Maryland, lives in Brooklyn. “There are many things about this job I love, but, yeah, the free CDs are my favorite perk,” he says. “Even if they keep my office and home in constant states of disarray.”