Author Archives: The Independent Ear

Brooklyn community activism… with a jazz twist

In 2010 I conducted an oral history interview project focusing on the jazz scene in Central Brooklyn, the heart of which is the Bedford-Stuyvesant community, working with historians Jennifer Scott and Kaitlyn Greenidge, for the Weeksville Heritage Center.  For those … Continue reading

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AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN IN JAZZ

AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN IN JAZZ Thankfully we are gradually evolving to a better place in recognizing the absolutely vital roles women occupy across the jazz community, from playing, bandleading, composing, and recording to educating, presenting, managing, directing, producing, providing … Continue reading

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Catching up with TK Blue

Catching up with T.K. Blue… My first sighting of alto-soprano saxophonist & flutist T.K. Blue was many moons ago at the former Greenwich Village jazz hub Sweet Basil.  On that evening my mission was to see the great Randy Weston, … Continue reading

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Bill Brower: A true Jazz Cultural Warrior

On April 12 the DC jazz community in particular, and the world jazz community in general lost a true Jazz Cultural Warrior with the passing of writer-producer-historian Bill Brower (that’s Bill with the locks in this photo from the annual … Continue reading

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Karrin Allyson Goes Shoulder to Shoulder

KARRIN ALLYSON Vocalist Karrin (pron. kah-rin) Allyson clearly has a good ear for thematic recordings.  And that’s a perception I don’t make casually, based in large part on her splendid 2001 project Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord ’01).  On that … Continue reading

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