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 […]

Interview with Don Byron

Composer and Clarinetist Don Byron continues to defy expectations with every album and concert appearance he is associated with–whether his departure point is jazz, klezmer, hip-hop, contemporary classical music, or some strange hybrid that is somehow both all and none of the above.

Paul Bowles meets with Ken Smith and Frank J. Oteri

Frank J. Oteri and Ken Smith with Paul BowlesPhoto by Melissa Richard January 1, 1998Tangier, Morocco KEN SMITH: I’d like to talk a bit about your life in New York, the days when you were writing for the New York Herald-Tribune. PAUL BOWLES: It was years… KEN SMITH: The years, then, that you wrote about […]

“Some People Think He’s God”: Ken Smith Remembers Paul Bowles

Although he was a success as both composer and author, as a recluse Paul Bowles was a total failure. After fleeing New York for Morocco in 1947, he and his wife Jane continued to entertain a seemingly endless parade of visitors in his adopted country. Even in the 1990s, after Betolucci’s film of The Sheltering […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Joshua Cody, Composer and Director of the Sospeso Ensemble

Joshua CodyPhoto courtesy Sospeso Ensemble I studied with several very gifted composers at Northwestern University, where I was also able to study some literature and philosophy. I’ll always feel uneducated-learning is an ongoing process. Of course the deeper one’s knowledge of the repertory and of the history of music, the more opportunity for depth and […]