Month: February 2015

Last Week’s Jazz – 2/23/15

By Sam Griffith

A pretty eventful week in jazz, unfortunately ending with the passing of Clark Terry. Whiplash won 3 academy awards (jazz wins!), the Village Vanguard is old, Fred Hersch has some new music and Branford answers some questions.

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Last Weeks Jazz – 2/16/15

By Sam Griffith

Some interesting jazz news from the past two weeks. Grammy winners were announced in jazz categories, several musician interviews and a trailer to “The Connection” was on the New York Times page.

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Jazz And Sports: One Play Doesn’t Define You

By Sam Griffith

In the aftermath of a devastating (or lucky) super bowl, I read a quote from Pete Carroll, the Seahawks coach, discussing the final play of the Seahawks season.

One moment doesn’t define you. The journey does.

-Pete Carroll

This particular quote struck home, especially with regards to jazz improvisation. This quote has some incredible validity to it…and is also not completely accurate with regards to jazz and sports. (more…)

Last Week’s Jazz – 2/2/15

By Sam Griffith

Jazz news is sometimes interesting, and always bizarre. Kenny G might have pushed for the development of the frappuccino. Everything else that happened last week seems to come from Jason Moran or Charles Lloyd.

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