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The Art of the Interview

JT's editor-in-chief talks with Ethan Iverson and introduces the June 2011 issue

Ethan Iverson introducing The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival

Our guest interviewer for this issue’s cover story, pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus, has his own blog, Do the Math. That’s not news, since so many jazz musicians (and writers and fans) have their own blogs these days, in a blogosphere that’s more cluttered than my basement. What’s special about Iverson’s site is that it’s not necessarily an outlet for him to talk about his own music or rant about pet peeves. Rather, it’s an opportunity for him to interview other artists and to discuss music that resonates deeply with him (and his bandmates).

He says that he always planned for the site to be about more than self-promotion and navel-gazing. “It was a band blog [for the Bad Plus] at the beginning,” explains Iverson. “Part of the reason for the blog was to direct our fans to other music that we loved, because we do have some kind of following who are younger and may not know much about jazz. I always loved to read what musicians liked. I remember in the first two or three months of the blog, the thing we put up was ‘Information Received,’ which was a list of the records, books and movies that we were enjoying on the road. That idea of sharing what you’re excited about is still the most interesting thing about social networking.”

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