Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Anatomy of an independent record store

Back in 2010/2011 when I was engaged in an oral history interview project for the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, accompanied by Weeksville’s resident cultural anthropologist Jennifer Scott (now director of the Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago), and … Continue reading

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Umbria Jazz Winter 26th edition

Umbria Jazz Winter 2018 Perched on the flat summit of a large butte composed largely of rock formed by volcanic ash sits the lovely town of Orvieto, located in the southwestern side of the Italian Umbria region. Normally home to … Continue reading

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Jim Harrison jazz warrior

Just returning from the annual NYC January performing arts conference zone, in my case that would be primarily Jazz Congress and secondarily the huge Association of Performing Arts Professionals conferences, inevitably leads to thoughts and meditations on the ongoing evolution … Continue reading

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Davey Yarborough interview

Davey Yarborough Interviewed: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Duke Ellington School for the Arts Talk about the Ellington School’s unique relationship to the DC Public Schools. What it’s actually called is a hybrid program, where we have the obligation to ensure … Continue reading

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Night of the Cookers

With the melancholy recent passing on to ancestry of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and amidst all the many recollections of Roy’s tireless will to jam, I was reminded of one of the last times I saw Roy, engaged in a friendly … Continue reading

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