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JazzTimes May 2020 issue

May 2020

KURT ELLING & DANILO PÉREZ

Celebrated singer Kurt EllIng’s latest album, Secrets Are the Best Stories, is also his first collaborative work with similarly lauded pianist Danilo Pérez. Allen Morrison spoke with both of them about the music they’ve created and the pointed cultural statement they intend it to make.

MARK GUILIANA MEETS KNEEBODY

Two of contemporary jazz’s leading envelope-pushers, drummer Mark Guiliana and the quartet known as Kneebody, got together for a rare joint performance in Brooklyn during Winter Jazzfest. Ken Micallef took the opportunity to sit down with them before the show and conduct an entertaining roundtable interview.

THE KNITTING FACTORY: AN ORAL HISTORY

It lasted less than a decade—from February 1987 to November 1994—but during that time it defined “downtown.” This is the story of New York City’s original Knitting Factory at 47 East Houston Street, as told by its owners and nearly two dozen musicians who played there. By Shaun Brady

ANNUAL FESTIVAL GUIDE

As always, our May issue features a directory of jazz festivals around the world for the next year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot guarantee that this information will remain accurate; please consult our regularly updated list of cancellations and postponements or check the festival websites to confirm anything you read in the issue.

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Opening Chorus: McCoy Tyner remembered; Hailey Niswanger and MAE.SUN; Nduduzo Makhathini; Lee Mergner recalls JT’s first oral-history feature; farewells to Lyle Mays and Jon Christensen
The Scene: Rudy’s Jazz Room in Nashville
Chronology: Ethan Iverson on Jimmy Lyons
Artist’s Choice: Angel Bat Dawid gets epic

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Before & After: William Hooker
Overdue Ovation: Ivo Perelman
Audio Files: Brent Butterworth on the science of headphones
Chops: Jazz and the spoken word

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Album and Book Reviews: Ted Poor, Harold Mabern, Sinne Eeg, Thundercat, Jeremy Pelt, Aaron Diehl, Jeff Parker, Oded Tzur, a Dave Brubeck bio, and more

Cover image of Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez by Anna Webber