The one, true guitar hero, Loren Connors is nothing if not prolific: 50-plus records as far flung as Drag City to Ecstatic Peace/Father Yod to Table of the Elements, as well as countless more via his own imprints (Daggett, St. Joan, Black Label, etc.) under at least as many aliases (Loren MazzaCane Connors, Loren Mattei, Guitar Roberts, ad inf.). Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson's in the early 1990s, live and in-person, Connors continues pretty much unabated (cf. with Keiji Haino at the Whitney, with Tim Hecker at the Wick, that sold-out show at ISSUE Project with girl-in-a-band du jour Kim Gordon). Faster than Derek Bailey, more powerful than Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca combined, able to leapfrog over Ry Cooder with a single, boundless bar of blues, his 65-year-old l'éminence grise answered some of Classicalite's none too pressing queries via e-mail.
Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2015-16 season has a different emphasis this time around. With the theme "Jazz and American Song," the season will feature a sustained emphasis on vocal music in the blues, jazz and pop traditions.
In a nation full of monuments, of which President Barack Obama has been on a crusade to protect, there may be no city in the U.S. more historically rooted in Americana than New York City. But on a smaller scale, through a more narrow scope, it is the city's underground and word-of-mouth venues, the clubs like the Village Vanguard, that have yet to close -- or, for that matter, change. The jazz club has turned 80 years old.
Branford Marsalis, brother to the esteemed Wynton, has toured the world with some of jazz's greatest minds: Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. In a recent interview at the San Antonio Current, Marsalis talks everything from classical to his gripe with Jay Z.
The legendary jazz drumming heavyweight, Roy Haynes, will celebrate an honorable 90th birthday with a slew of shows at New York's most beloved downtown jazz venue The Blue Note from March 13-15.
On June 26, 1965, John Coltrane performed, for the only time in his career, "A Love Supreme" to a live audience. Perhaps dividing jazz listeners early on, nonetheless, Supreme has been ranked by critics as one of the most iconic jazz albums in existence. This month brought the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane recording "A Love Supreme" with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison. The following year the album was released and revolutionized the genre. As NPR notes, the recording is "a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion was now intertwined with his faith in God." And to add to this shrouded musical legacy, Coltrane only held one performance of the album. A one-off in Antibes, France, July 26, 1965, saw the unparalleled excellence of Coltrane as he wailed from his instrument.
A classically trained pianist since the age of 7, Herbie Hancock did not predict his success would be in music, let alone the world of jazz. In fact, he went to college for engineering. To divulge how that pivotal change happened leading to his fourteen Grammy awards and his long anticipated memoir, 'Possibilities,' Hancock and New Yorker magazine critic Sasha Frere-Jones laid it all out in front of a nearly sold out audience on Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinema as part of the Unbound: A Literary Series.
Flying Lotus, aka Steven Ellison, is the man on everyone’s mind this week as he dropped his fifth studio album "Your Dead!" on Warp Records. The 40-minute trip into the nut of Afrofuturism in hip-hop features jazz legend Herbie Hancock alongside Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. Lotus, who will appear at Terminal 5 and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, recently sat down with The New York Times, who penned him a composer. A coveted title, indeed, Lotus sited Miles Davis as an inspiration for "Your Dead!"
In support of the upcoming Wayne Shorter documentary Wayne Shorter: Zero Gravity, directed by Dorsay Alavi, donors were treated to a backyard show consisting of Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Herbie Hancock and more.
Miles Davis kept his cool as a seminal jazz trumpeter, but his ambition for artistic excellence went further than music--he was also a drawer and painter, sometimes adorning one of his records with his own cover art.
The City Parks Foundation and Summerstage is excited to announce the next installment in the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, founded in memoriam of jazz giant Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. The festival will kick off in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on August 23 and Tompkins Square Park on August 24.
Regarded as the "greatest jazz album of all time," which "shaped 50 years of music" and is considerably a jazz album even for the non-jazz fan, Miles Davis' 'Kind of Blue' will hardly fall into obscurity. So, why is it that a listing on eBay prices a signed copy of Kind of Blue at $35,000? And also, what makes any material worth all that coin?
Sean Jones, who played lead trumpet with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for six years, was recently named chair of the Berklee College of Music Brass Department.
If it isn't too morbid to think that cemeteries can accumulate any sort of "fame," then perhaps buying your future grave plot in one of them is.
In a new study on past and present artists and musicians from the Netherlands, researchers suggest that the toll of creating art and music correlates with a longer and more fulfilling life.