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JT Notes: In Their Own Words

One of my goals since I began assigning editorial in early 2006 was to get more musician voices into the magazine. I had a strong feeling that the “Us vs. Them” quality of much of jazz writing and criticism was becoming tiresome for all involved parties. Writers too often take the role of either champion … Read More “JT Notes: In Their Own Words”

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JT Notes: Selling Out Is In

It’s an occupational hazard. Even when an issue doesn’t have an explicit theme, I seem to divine a common thread. For this issue I’ve conjured the implicit theme of “Crossover Without Compromise,” a personal favorite. Feature subjects Madeleine Peyroux, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Al Jarreau and Eddie Palmieri have all managed to reach large audiences, … Read More “JT Notes: Selling Out Is In”

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JT Notes: My Gotham Hero

To help give perspective to this special issue celebrating the legacy of jazz in New York City, I could think of speaking only with one man. And ironically enough, he’s from Washington, D.C. Dr. Billy Taylor came to New York City in 1944. He went on to play with Charlie Parker and other legends, organize … Read More “JT Notes: My Gotham Hero”

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JT Notes: People Get Together

With the newsstand more crowded and competitive than ever, we endeavor to make every issue a special one, through everything from exclusives and scoops to themed issues and consumer guides. This particular issue spotlights guitar, but the real theme that emerged organically is collaboration. Besides the cover story on Richard Bona and Mike Stern by … Read More “JT Notes: People Get Together”

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JT Notes: Humility, Honor & Hope

Let’s make one thing clear. Michael Brecker didn’t want to be honored, saluted or celebrated. Nonetheless, since being diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2004, Brecker has been the recipient of innumerable honors, benefits and well wishes. More so than for any jazz artist I’ve ever seen. I believe there are … Read More “JT Notes: Humility, Honor & Hope”

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Artie Shaw: Shaw on Shaw

Artie Shaw may be retired from performing music-he gave up the clarinet in 1955-but the 91-year-old is not the retiring type. JazzTimes invited Shaw to speak about his storied career in music at the 2002 International Association of Jazz Education’s annual conference in honor of the marvelous recent box set Self-Portrait (Bluebird). We asked Shaw’s … Read More “Artie Shaw: Shaw on Shaw”

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