Monthly Archives: December 2011

Songs That Made the Phones Ring for 2011

In the spirit of The Masked Announcer, the ancestor Joel Dorn, ace record producer (Atlantic Records, 32Jazz, etc.) who first made his mark on the music spinning platters in Philly and subsequently released a must-have compilation titled “Songs That Made … Continue reading

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The Ain’t But a Few of Us Best of 2011

Okay, okay… yes, here’s yet another year-end poll. Some of you Independent Ear readers may recall our revealing series of dialogues with black music writers (that is, writers on the subject of music who happen to be African American) which … Continue reading

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Where’s Nicholas Payton coming from?

Trumpeter, and erstwhile vocalist/one-man-band, raconteur/social commentator (at least based on his latest release Bitches on the IN + OUT label, which would appear to be the latest advance in his Sonic Trance odyssey) Nicholas Payton has been raising a literal … Continue reading

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JazzTimes humanities component at APAP conference

The Jazz Wire December 16, 2011 I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event sponsored by JazzTimes that I think you’ll find interesting. In connection with the APAP (Association of Performing Art Presenters) conference and Winter JazzFest in … Continue reading

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Part 9: What musicians expect from music journalists & critics

This is pt. 9 in our series of observations from musicians, responding to this burning question: When you read music journalism or criticism, what qualities are you looking for in the writer and the writing? CHRIS WASHBURNE, trombonist-composer-educator (Columbia University) … Continue reading

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