How do you listen to music most of the time?

I am an incurable record collector. For me, the ability to hear something whenever I want it is more alluring than most live concert experiences. And there are so musicians I want to hear whom I would never be able to hear any other way than on a recording, due to both geographic and chronological […]

How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play? Oliver Lake

Oliver LakePhoto by Chris Drukker It’s very difficult to describe the effect that different venues have on my performances. Certain audiences have different energies. Often the audience becomes a part of the performance and that can affect the performance in different ways. The more intimate, the better. I primarily play for myself and hope that […]

America’s Most Fascinating Jazz Clubs

Lara PellegrinelliPhoto by Melissa Richard One minute, you’re just sitting around in some dark, dank, tiny, crowded, smoke-filled basement room with a drink in your hand; the next, you’re intently focused, completely absorbed, magically transported into the light of improvisation. That, in a nutshell, is the power of jazz, a power which moves listeners and […]

Soundtracks: January 2000

For our first compendium of new American music CDs of the millennium, of course, we’re continuing to feature discs that were recorded in the last millennium! But in the coming months we will soon find out that like so many other terms that need to be re-examined, the appellation “20th century music” no longer suffices […]

How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play?

Kitty BrazeltonComposer/Vocalist“…I may start with the same message but I don’t say it the same – to different people or in different environments…” Nick DidkovskyComposer/Guitarist“…It’s best when the audience is working as hard as we are to make the event happen…” Oliver LakeComposer/Saxophonist“…The main thing is that I play honestly and from my heart, and […]