Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Meet The Artist Series: Jason Moran

Last December 1 the DC Jazz Festival presented Jason Moran in a solo piano performance at the Embassy of Switzerland before an enthusiastic, (packed) invited audience of festival supporters. Earlier that afternoon, as part of DCJF’s ongoing Meet The Artist … Continue reading

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Assessing the evolution of hip-hop

Watching Netflix revealing 4-part documentary series Hip Hop Evolution a couple months after enjoying director Baz Luhrmann’s exceptionally entertaining 6-part historical drama The Get Down (also Netflix) was somewhat akin to watching FX’s riveting O.J. Simpson murder drama, followed in … Continue reading

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Mimi Jones is calling her own shots

In our continuing series of conversations with musicians who have determined to take full ownership of much of their artistic resources, we turn to the resourceful bassist MIMI JONES. Not only is Mimi an exceptional bassist, she is also quite … Continue reading

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2016 WPFW Jazz Programmer’s Poll results

*The 2016 edition of the WPFW Jazz Programmer’s Poll considered all new releases and reissues received between Thanksgiving 2015 and Thanksgiving 2016. Read below for details on WPFW’s eclectic mix of jazz programming and programmers (each of whom produce one … Continue reading

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Preview: Winter Jazzfest 2017

The delightful, often dizzying marathon known as Winter Jazzfest hits January 5-10 at spaces all across downtown Manhattan (below 14th Street). For this 13th edition we sought out the event’s award-winning producer Brice Rosenbloom with some questions about this year’s … Continue reading

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