On Saturday, December 7, in Manhattan’s Zankel Hall, alto saxophonist, composer, and arranger Miguel Zenón examines the complexities and contradictions of the Puerto Rican experience with his latest work—a multimedia presentation honoring his homeland entitled Identities Are Changeable: Tales from the Diaspora. The evening-length song cycle and video installation—created in [...]Read more >>
Pianist Myra Melford will celebrate the release of her new solo album, Life Carries Me This Way (Firehouse 12 Records), with a solo concert at Greenwich House Music School, in New York City’s West Village, on October 27. Melford—a 2013 Guggenheim fellow—recorded Life Carries Me This Way, her first solo [...]Read more >>
On Saturday, December 1, Chucho Valdés will perform in Zankel Hall, in Manhattan. That will be the first of two shows the 70-year-old Cuban pianist, composer and bandleader will play during Carnegie Hall’s month-long “Voices From Latin America” festival. At the first show, Valdés will debut his new quintet and [...]Read more >>
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s star has been rising steadily in the jazz world since the release earlier this year of his debut disc on the Blue Note label, When the Heart Emerges Glistening. With that in mind, it’s hardly shocking that Akinmusire (pictured above) has been tapped to for the lead [...]Read more >>
(Editor’s note: Frequent JAZZIZ contributor Steve Futterman spent the 4th of July weekend at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. We asked him to share his thoughts and experiences. Here they are.) Whoever coined the phrase “wither into truth” was definitely on to something. On July 4th, Marianne Faithfull demonstrated that [...]Read more >>
(Editor’s note: Frequent JAZZIZ contributor Steve Futterman spent the 4th of July weekend at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. We asked him to share his thoughts and experiences. Here they are.) What is it about the sight of a beautifully designed and meticulously constructed guitar that makes a man’s heart [...]Read more >>
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