Long ago, between sets by the Modern Jazz Quartet, John Lewis and I were speculating about the future of jazz. Like who – if anyone … Read More “Final Chorus: Jazz is an International Language”
Nate Chinen on the Rod Stewart-types who are raiding the Great American Songbook for career-revitalizing albums.
Barricade Books recently unleashed Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics. A pet project of Chicago Sun-Times critic and Harp magazine columnist … Read More “The Gig: Firing the Canon”
Marketing instrumental jazz has never been easy. It’s a niche market, and one that requires a certain amount of intelligence, dedication and patience on the part of its customers. With attention spans flagging, the economy ailing and the music industry in the throes of a paradigm shift, many record labels are slowly but surely shifting away from risky releases like instrumental jazz and choosing to focus more on singers, who have the ability to appeal to a wider audience. Lara Pellegrinelli reports on how vocalists might be saving the jazz industry.
I was on my way down 42nd Street in search of the unstable compound that results when something called “jazz” and something called “new music” … Read More “Bang on a Can: When New Music & Jazz Collide”