Video on the Upcoming Album from the Branford Marsalis Quartet

On my facebook feed this morning I found that someone had posted a link to a promotional video for the new album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet.  Called Four MFs Playin' Tunes (perhaps the best album title ever), it comes out on August 7, and for the hard core vinyl nerds out there a limited …

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How I Get Down on May Day: Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”

Tomorrow is May Day folks, and for those who know me well they know that on May Day there's one thing I always do to celebrate: I put on Frederic Rzewski's "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" and blast it from my speakers (for you piano nerds out there I get down to Hamelin's …

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Do Critics Need to Be Able to Play Jazz? No, but it Helps.

A few days ago The Boston Jazz Blog put up a post that asks the oft-debated question: Do Jazz Critics Need to Know How to Play Jazz?  The post has answers from many of today's most prominent critics such as Ben Ratliff, Ted Panken and Nate Chinen.  For the most part the consensus was "no, …

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Miguel Zenon Quartet Reaches an Even Higher Level

As I noted in a recent post the S.O. and I were fortunate to catch the Miguel Zenon Quartet (Luis Perdomo, piano; Hans Glawischnig, bass; Henry Cole, drums) at Omaha's Holland Center.*  The group performed an excellent set from what Zenon described as the Puerto Rican Song Book.  The book consists of tunes written by …

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Peoples Liberation Big Band: Tomorrow Night at the Record Bar

Hey folks, if you're in the Kansas City Metro area tomorrow (Sunday 8/7), I'd highly recommend going to check out the Peoples Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City at the Record Bar in Westport.  The show starts at 8pm, but get there plenty early - probably 7ish - to make sure you can grab …

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