Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.
Freddie Redd, a hard-bop pianist and composer who alternated over a 70-year career between periods of high profile, obscurity, and locally based resurgences, died early … Read More “Freddie Redd 1928–2021”
Ralph Peterson Jr., a drummer, composer, bandleader, educator, and entrepreneur who was among the most acclaimed and influential artists in current-day jazz, died early on … Read More “Ralph Peterson Jr. 1962–2021”