Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Crate Digging with Reuben Jackson

CRATE DIGGING with Reuben Jackson Reuben Jackson is a music scholar, poet, broadcaster, journalist and an all-around very thoughtful man. Long a resident of DC currently residing in the lush greenery of the Burlington, Vermont area, Reuben spent over 20 … Continue reading

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Playboy & the Music

There is no more relaxing activity than laying out under the sun with the inviting surf mere feet away, absolutely chilling with a good book. Just in time for family beach week, arrived an informative, page-turning new read on the … Continue reading

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Is improvisation intimidating?

One of the central music tenets that distinguishes jazz music is the art of improvisation – though we must emphasize here that improvisation is not a practice exclusive to jazz music. And make no mistake about it, the ability to … Continue reading

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Sights & Sounds of Festival International de Jazz de Montreal ’15

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal may well be the most family-friendly of all major jazz festivals Perhaps the world’s largest such event, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, recently celebrated its 36th running June 26-July 5. The festival occupies … Continue reading

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The best Billie read of her centennial year

Lots of inertia surrounding 2015 as the centennial year of the birth of American music immortal Billie Holiday. The tributes have included several recordings, most notably Cassandra Wilson and Jose James separate re-imaginings of Lady Day. From the literary perspective … Continue reading

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