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In his triumphant 80th year, the saxophonist traces the novel-worthy arc of his life in music for David Fricke—from his blues and R&B roots in Memphis, through the explosive ’60s-era popularity that inspired his self-imposed exile, and into his current Blue Note project, Vanished Gardens, featuring the singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams.
For this installment of Bright Moments, the strikingly versatile, powerful and prolific saxophonist tells the stories behind his most important albums. By Shaun Brady
MICHAEL LEAGUE & TERRACE MARTIN
In this conversation moderated by Ashley Kahn, two of the most successful jazz-trained artists of their generation talk shop as fellow record producers, and walk readers through the creation of a new track.
CELEBRATING THE STONE
It could be a sweat lodge and the beer list was nonexistent, but for well over a decade the Stone in Manhattan’s East Village provided a refuge for the NYC avant-garde. To toast the institution’s move to the New School, Shaun Brady chats with its most loyal performers and fans.
Rising jazz stars pay tribute to the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters
The late John Abercrombie is celebrated with a Brooklyn concert
A Q&A with Walter Smith III
A report from Tennessee’s eclectic Big Ears Festival
Five jazz greats remember Cecil Taylor
JT Notes: Editor Evan Haga on the Jazz Foundation of America
A Before & After listening session with Nicole Mitchell
An Overdue Ovation for Sherman Irby
AudioFiles: Brent Butterworth discusses the future of the compact disc
Chops: Sonny Rollins on the secrets of the strolling trio
Artist’s Choice: Roxy Coss picks tracks by brilliant women in jazz
Album reviews: New music from Sharel Cassity & Elektra, Jamie Baum Septet+, Allan Harris, Brad Mehldau, Salim Washington and many more