Interview: Jon Irabagon on his new label, new albums, and humor in jazz

Jon Irabagon is quickly becoming one of the most in demand, busiest, and versatile saxophonists today.  To give you an idea as to Irabagon's output, in the past year he's played and/or recorded with Dave Douglas, Mary Halvorson, Jon Lundbom's Big Five Chord, Bryan and the Haggards, Barry Altschul, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, …

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Um, It’s Because It’s Fun, aka Why Bryan and the Haggards are my new Favorite Band

Last year I was at a performance/master class that the Hal Galper Trio stay tuned for my upcoming review of their latest CD in a forthcoming issue of Downbeat and one of the questions one of the members asked to the audience - maybe it was bassist Jeff Johnson - was "do you all remember …

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Your Friday Bargain: Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride for 99 cents

So the other day I was killing time on Amazon and discovered that the 2009 tenor/drums set from Jon Irabagon and Mike Pride - I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues (Feat. Mike Pride) is available to download for 99 cents, even though it's 47 minutes long.  I guess since it's only one track that …

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Jon Irabagon’s Foxy and “Jazz Masculinity”

Jon Irabagon, Foxy (Hot Cup 102) The cover of Foxy, the scintillating new disc from saxophonist Jon Irabagon, immediately forces its viewer to think of Sonny Rollins. ...Ok, check that, only if the viewer is previously aware of Way Out West, but let's hold a discussion of semiotics, the responsibility of the reader and constellations …

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My Thoughts on this Year’s Jazz Grammy Nominations

Well, the Grammy Awards are just under 10 days away, and if you're like me you're quite underwhelmed with a bulk of the jazz nominations this year.  I'd argue that institutions like the Grammys (although the jazz awards are not aired on the broadcast - which I won't be watching) have a canonizing effect (especially …

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