Joe Lovano Us Five live from Village Vanguard Tonight

Hey everybody, NPR will have live streaming of a set by Joe Lovano's killer group Us Five from the Vanguard tonight.  The link is here.  And if you miss it or forget, NPR will have it archived.  Probably tunes from the group's new album, which twists up Bird's famous compositions.  "Donna Lee" gets an especially …

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NPR’s Blog Supreme’s Treatment of Jazz’s Gender Inequalities

A recent post on NPR's Blog Supreme - their jazz blog - has a nice entry about being a woman in jazz.  Click here for the link.  Only one problem: except for bassist Ariane Cap all of the women are either vocalists, pianists or guitarists: all fairly traditional roles for women in jazz and popular …

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Jason Moran and Bandwagon Live from the Vanguard Tonight

If you get a chance (I won't because I'm playing a gig tonight, but thankfully the concerts are archived) go the NPR Jazz website for a streaming set by Jason Moran and Bandwagon from the Village Vanguard.  The link is here.  And if you didn't know, Moran was just awarded one of those 500k no …

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Um….it’s not their second record as a leader. Do your homework.

...haven't written in a while, time to shake off the rust..... When Esperanza Spalding's third album as a leader dropped a few weeks back I read a ton of interviews, short reviews, album descriptions, etc. that said Chamber Music Society (hereafter CMS) was her "sophomore" album.  BTW, I hate it when people describe someone's second …

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Hey Bad Plus Fans, Get it While You Can

NPR has free streaming of the new album by the Bad Plus entitled Never Stop .....but it's only available until the calendar turns over to Tuesday, September 14, when it hits stores.  Go check it out here.  What's unusal, maybe new is a better word, about Never Stop is that unlike previous Bad Plus albums it features all original …

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