Author Archives: The Independent Ear

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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Jazz Takes a Stand

JAZZ TAKES A STAND By Ron Scott Regardless of America’s ever-changing situation black music has always been its soundtrack depicting the mood of the times from war to peace, lynchings to chain gangs, segregation, civil disobedience, integration, to police brutality, … Continue reading

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Jazz @ the Kennedy Center 2015/2016 season

The Kennedy Center, outside of Lincoln Center, offers the most extensive jazz programming of any of the major arts centers in this country. We owe that in part to the stewardship of the late, great jazz renaissance man Dr. Billy … Continue reading

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