Posts Tagged ‘Geri Allen’

ToDo ToDay: Duncan Trussell! Christo! Psychic Mirrors!

Comedians are philosophers, but few philosophers are comedians. Duncan Trussell, the stand-up and podcast host, is one of the few with the ability to analyze the human condition and make his humor rise to the realm of dharma. His podcast waxes on his foibles, fallibilities, and family problems—a recent episode featured his dying mother. But [...]

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]

A Grand Night for Swinging: Billy Taylor’s Memorial Service

Any thought that the Harlem memorial service for Dr. Billy Taylor last night would be a somber, mournful affair was dispelled after the opening prayers at Riverside Church of New York. First, Reverend Calvin O. Butts (from the nearby Abyssinian Baptist Church) delivered the evening's gathering prayer; then, he said, "One of the things I [...]

The 2010 Top 10, Jazz Division

I have never put so much effort and anguish into a year-end list of CDs as I did this time. That it was such a bloody mess trying to whittle them down to 10 can only mean that 2010 was an extraordinarily good year for recordings. God knows there were dozens on my shelf that [...]

Jazz Setlist, Oct. 21-27: The Hayes Code

Friday, Oct. 22
Hard bop drumming was ultimately shaped by three players: Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Louis Hayes. Hayes, the last survivor of the triumvirate, is also the least known – perhaps because he tends to worry about supporting his bands instead of taking big solos. But believe it or not, that's what [...]

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