Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Jazz Takes a Stand

JAZZ TAKES A STAND By Ron Scott Regardless of America’s ever-changing situation black music has always been its soundtrack depicting the mood of the times from war to peace, lynchings to chain gangs, segregation, civil disobedience, integration, to police brutality, … Continue reading

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Jazz @ the Kennedy Center 2015/2016 season

The Kennedy Center, outside of Lincoln Center, offers the most extensive jazz programming of any of the major arts centers in this country. We owe that in part to the stewardship of the late, great jazz renaissance man Dr. Billy … Continue reading

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One jazz musicians’ response to a societal challenge

Mike LeDonne This is a story of one jazz musician’s sense of humanity that has been deeply touched by personal experience. While perusing the myriad possibilities offered by the annual Winterjazzfest (January 9-10), conspicuously tagged onto many of the releases … Continue reading

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Achieving a successful East meets West

In recent times the term ‘fusion’ has become somewhat taboo. For some the idea of endeavoring to achieve a fusion comes with a red flag warning the participants that inevitably one form or entity is bound to dominate, or even … Continue reading

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Havana jazz festival swings with a cultural beat

By Ron Scott Our correspondent Ron Scott, noted contributor to the Amsterdam News on all things jazz, reports from the 30th annual Inaternacional Jazz Plaza Festival La Habana. It was our fourth day in Havana, Cuba enjoying the music, digesting … Continue reading

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