Category Archives: General Discussion

Celebrating the venues: Lost Jazz Shrines

In 1998 my friend, colleague and longtime arts consultant Mikki Shepard and I met with David Jackson, a then Memphis-based journalist who had done significant time in New York and to whom I’d been previously introduced by our mutual friend, … Continue reading

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Chris Grasso answers the call for live music

DMV-based pianist Chris Grasso has carved out a niche that certainly qualifies him for the pantheon of great jazz vocal piano accompanists.  That admirable coterie includes a distinguished list of piano accompanists who were and are particularly adept at providing … Continue reading

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Share your love of jazz

How I Fell in Love With Jazz Video Contest presented by Savage Ticket Dear Jazz Lovers, How did you fall in love with Jazz? Was it a song? An artist? An instrument? How did your life change? How did your … Continue reading

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Catching up with writer Angelika Beener

Back when we began our series of dialogues with Black jazz and music journalists & critics in the Independent Ear one of the newer breed of writers who have to a large extent operated in the still relatively new online … Continue reading

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The arrival of Artemis

One of the best evenings I spent last January at the annual Winterjazzfest was with the superb new all-woman ensemble known as Artemis.  This band of impressively accomplished women bandleaders includes pianist Renee Rosnes, vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, clarinetist & … Continue reading

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