Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Dressed to Thrill vol. 2

This is the second in an occasional Independent Ear feature focusing on jazz musicians’ various “looks” on the bandstand. Just in case you missed our premise, from the vol. 1 installment: Historically, jazz musicians have for generations been among music’s … Continue reading

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Jazz From Detroit

One of the most rewarding books I’ve read this year, and certainly a surefire nominee for the annual Jazz Journalist Association award for best book has to be Mark Stryker’s Jazz From Detroit. The Motor City is known from a … Continue reading

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Dressed to Thrill vol.1

Certain jazz musicians have for generations been some of music’s most fashion-forward exponents. For years jazz musicians have been featured in occasional jazz-centric fashion spreads in general interest periodicals, notably in GQ magazine. A cursory review of jazz magazine covers … Continue reading

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Reggie Workman 2020 NEA Jazz Master

As part of the jazz oral history project I embarked upon in 2010, along with Jennifer Scott and Kaitlyn Greenidge of the Brooklyn-based Weeksville Heritage Center, we interviewed numerous jazz and jazz-connected Brookynites, focusing on those who had been active … Continue reading

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Kenyatta Beasley honors Frank Foster

Trumpeter Kenyatta Beasley has released a record project he’s been considering for more than a minute, an exploration of the compositions of one of his mentors, the late saxophonist-composer Frank Foster. Known as one of Count Basie’s #1 sons, the … Continue reading

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