Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Definition of a true mentor

After hearing nothing but great things about the documentary film “Keep on Keepin’ On,” including a ‘you MUST see this film’ order from Christian McBride‘s Twitter feed, I got an email invitation to a screening of the film at the … Continue reading

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Matthew Garrison: ShapeShifter in motion

Last July, as chronicled in these pages (check the Archives section for August ’14) this writer had the pleasure of spending a weekend at the New Mexico Jazz Festival for a NEA Jazz Masters site visit on drummer Jack DeJohnette‘s … Continue reading

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Monterey stronger than ever @ 57

Songbird Cecile McLorin Salvant keeps racking up the fans wherever she goes – shown here at one of her two MJF ’14 performances (photo: Tyrone Kenney/NeoBop Project) Last weekend’s Monterey Jazz Festival was yet another reason the event remains one … Continue reading

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Sweet Sue Terry

Saxophonist-clarinetist Sue Terry, known in the music as “Sweet Sue” is a proud alum of Jackie and Dolly McLean’s ground-breaking Hartford, CT urban arts academy the Artists Collective. Recently after viewing the very compelling documentary short film “The Source” which … Continue reading

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Here’s one intersection of jazz & chamber music

The leafy Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake is an agreeable Labor Day Weekend hang Think jazz music and jazz festivals are purely urban phenomena? The masterful pianist Monty Alexander, Jazz on the Chesapeake and Chesapeake Chamber Music want you to … Continue reading

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