Declaration of Independents: A HyperHistory of Independent Jazz Labels

David Adler and a few CDsPhoto by Dr. Jennifer M. Good I’m in a Manhattan hair salon, waiting for my turn under the scissors. A DJ on WBLS-FM comments breathlessly on the signing of Patti LaBelle to Def Jam Records. “That’s huge, for both of them!” she exclaims. Why? Because LaBelle remains one of the […]

Carla Bley: On Her Own

Photo of Carla Bley by D.D. Rider Tuesday, June 10, 2003 Willow, NY Videotaped by Randy Nordschow Transcribed by Randy Nordschow and Frank J. Oteri Jazz and Non-Jazz Musicians Musical Origins Compositional Techniques and Methods Composing vs. Performing Enjoying Independence New Music Distribution Service Some Great Records Looking for America Promotion Read a complete transcript […]

The Temperature is HOT at the 2003 JJA Awards

On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, which was the hottest day of the year thus far, the heat of great music and occasional flaring tempers permeated the otherwise adequately air-conditioned B.B. King‘s Club near New York’s Times Square where the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) held their Seventh Annual Awards Celebration for excellence in music and journalism. […]

58th ASOL Conference Drums Up Hope for Orchestras

Reports of orchestras filing for bankruptcy, severely reducing their season offerings, and cutting back on expenses have been rampant in local newspapers across the country, and once again the future of orchestral music in the United States has come under fire. But the week of activities at the American Symphony Orchestra League‘s 58th National Conference […]

Ms. Larsen Goes to Washington

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With the appointment of composer Libby Larsen to the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology at the Library of Congress, American music has a new friend in Washington.

Bush Foundation Honors Four Midwest Composers

Among the honorees in the Bush Artists Fellows Program–which supports artists based in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin whose work reflects the diverse geographic, racial, and aesthetic communities of the region–are composers Philip Blackburn, Tellef Johnson, Michelle Kinney, and J.D. Steele.