My Top Ten Bucket-List Jazz Albums

A few weeks ago a former professor of mine shared an article on Facebook from the Village Voice that listed the Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die. Usually it seems like the "ten whatevers you need to do/visit/read/listen before you die" lists are things that people probably haven't done, are not likely to …

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Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd’s Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project

When Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, especially those who are leaders in veterans groups, appear on news stories a point they often make is that there is a disconnect between those fighting the wars and the American public.  They often describe how the American public, at least those who are not directly involved in the war …

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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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