Monthly Archives: March 2012

How did jazz develop in South Africa?

Over the last decade jazz in South Africa has been a source of endless fascination for this writer, on several fronts. Wondering how the music became such an indelible part of the anti-apartheid struggles and has continued to develop in … Continue reading

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A brief follow-up from Greg Osby…

After a closer and more honest examination of some of my more cherished works, I felt that it became necessary for me to reduce the density of some of my own pieces in order for them to be better comprehended. … Continue reading

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What’s Jason got up for the Kennedy Center?

Several months ago The Independent Ear informed you of the exciting news of Jason Moran’s appointment at the Kennedy Center. Since then I’ve spotted Jason around DC, scouting the scene at events like the Gretchen Parlato/Gerald Clayton Trio doublebill at … Continue reading

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Randy Weston to premier new work at NYU April 8th

Premiere of : “An African Nubian Suite” Composed and performed by Randy Weston & his African Rhythms Orchestra. April, 8, 2012 at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts, NYC, USA http://www.nyuskirball.org/calendar/weston http://africanastudies.as.nyu.edu/object/Weston.html An African Nubian Suite salutes the Nubians who … Continue reading

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Enrico Rava and the European approach

Reading friend & colleague Ted Panken’s always inquisitive and informative interview style, on this occasion with the potent Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava in the March ’12 edition of DownBeat http://www.downbeat.com/digitaledition/2012/DB201203/single_page_view/38.html, was thought-provoking on several fronts. The mind drifted to considerations … Continue reading

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