View From the East: Fascinating Rhythms

Greg Sandow Wow. That’s one response to the outpouring my last column provoked. I had a few e-mails warning me that the discussion abandoned the issue I’d raised, but I’m glad it did. I was talking about something important, maybe, but also pretty limited—how critics should respond to the crisis in classical music. Whatever sense […]

On Recording for Major vs. Independent Labels Ratzo B. Harris

Ratzo B. HarrisPhoto by Mikhal Shapiro In my experience, recording for major labels focuses on demographic marketability more than artistic integrity and recording for independent labels usually allows for a greater degree of creative flexibility. On the other hand, the independent label’s tolerance toward artistic liberties is often inversely proportional to the ability to provide […]

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


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.