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Dicey weather aside Newport soldiers on

Swinging grace personified: Ron Carter at the bass Has it been 60 years already? Founded in 1954 by George Wein and an old money Newport couple as a means of broadening the inviting summer hang-out, the Newport Jazz Festival celebrated … Continue reading

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The Albuquerque/Santa Fe jazz trail

Were it not for jazz festivals, which flourish across this country during the summer months, one shudders to consider what the nature of our aggregate cultural calendar would resemble. Two recent experiences further substantiated the importance of these events to … Continue reading

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A friend remembers Charlie Haden

Some regular Independent Ear readers may recall our piece on the exceptional Washington History volume released by the Historical Society of Washington, DC last spring titled “Jazz in Washington.” That project was a labor of love for author Blair Ruble … Continue reading

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The Intrepid improvising biker

There is so much to be done on earth, do it soon! I cannot carry on the everyday life I am living; art demands this sacrifice too. Rest, diversion, amusement – only so that I can function more powerfully in … Continue reading

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The Inspiration of Margaret Walker spawns new composition

Composer Randy Klein has been inspired by the poetry of the great Margaret Walker Jazz composition and what motivates composers is a source of endless fascination for me, as one who appreciates composition on the same scale as inventive improvisation. … Continue reading

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