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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Chris Potter and Company are Bad, Bad, Bad Men

Hey everybody, so I am compelled to listen to at least one or two cuts from Follow the Red Line - Live at the Village Vanguard by the Chris Potter Underground every week.  It's so tight and funky.  The chemistry among Potter and the group (Craig Taborn on Rhodes, Adam Rogers on guitar, Nate Smith on drums) is …

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