Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Ain’t But a Few of Us… on the publishing side as well

The number of black publication efforts on behalf of jazz has been quite modest when one considers the number of jazz publications in the aggregate sense. Currently the most notable – and noble – effort in that regard is Jo … Continue reading

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NEAJM postscript & DCJF Jazz in the ‘Hoods

A Grand Night for Mastery The annual National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters awards concert is always a grand night on the annual jazz calendar. Peculiar to this art form, jazz remains both nostalgic and forever questing in forward … Continue reading

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The Keen Eye of Keter Betts

So what is it about playing the bass and developing a keen eye for photography? Remember those three superb coffee table photography books by one of the great jazz bass pioneers, Milt Hinton (“Bass Line”, “Over Time”, and “Playing the … Continue reading

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The correct DIY recording approach

Drummer Jae Sinnett, who is based in the Tidewater area of Virginia and whose exploits as jazz musician/radio show host/chef/television cooking show host have been chronicled by the Independent Ear, has long made his own recordings. And frankly, in this … Continue reading

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Artists’ responsibilities: notes from a keen observer

My WPFW colleague, scholar, educator and all-around jazz stalwart around town, Rusty Hassan recently posted an interesting post-concert observation in Facebook that struck a chord. Anyone who has read the Independent Ear knows that as a frequent jazz performance audience … Continue reading

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