John Patitucci goes it alone in new album (@DownBeat.com)

John Patitucci and his 1859 Gagliano bass. (Photo: Melanie Futorian)

Despite being one of the world’s most celebrated jazz bassists,
@JohnJPatitucci says that it took him 40 years “to get up the courage” to do his recent one-man show in NYC. He explains why, reflects on his life and music, and discusses the future of the Wayne Shorter Quartet in my new interview with him.

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Wynton Marsalis Imagines Buddy Bolden – Interview in JazzTimes

Here’s my JazzTimes interview with Wynton Marsalis about channeling legendary cornetist Buddy Bolden, known as “the man who invented jazz,” for the film Bolden, which opens nationwide today (May 3, 2019). I recommend that everyone who cares about jazz see the film and check out the soundtrack. Wynton and colleagues did a brilliant job imagining what Bolden’s group sounded like – there are no existing recordings of them. He also recreated the excitement of a 1930s-era concert by Louis Armstrong & his Orchestra, with the help of the gifted actor-singer Reno Wilson as Pops.

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Inside the Barry Harris Method (JazzTimes)

Dr. Barry Harris, at a recent appearance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York.

What a joy to learn at the feet of Dr. Barry Harris, 89, one of the original bebop piano masters. I visited his regular Tuesday night workshop in Manhattan recently to interview him and join about 50 other eager students in learning how this sage approaches the art of bebop.

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“From Bolden to Armstrong” at JALC Gala Concert

Harry Connick Jr. singing “Stardust” during “The Birth of Jazz: From Bolden to Armstrong,” Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2019 gala concert on April 17.
(Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images for Jazz At Lincoln Center)

It was quite a night: Harry Connick, Jr., Jon Batiste, Catherine Russell, Sullivan Fortner, Wynton, Branford and Jason Marsalis, among others, in “The Birth of Jazz: From Bolden to Armstrong” at the annual Jazz at Lincoln Center gala on April 17. My review for DownBeat.com.

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Separated by 50 Years, Israels, Diehl Find Common Ground (DownBeat)

Bassist Chuck Israels is 82, pianist Aaron Diehl is 33, but they have much in common, as they proved last week at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Last week I did a joint interview with them for DownBeat, then reviewed their show. It was, for me, a personal reunion with both. I had previously profiled Aaron, whom I admire greatly, in Downbeat. The last time I saw Chuck was circa 1976, when, as a scruffy 21-year-old, I took his jazz workshop at SUNY Purchase.

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New Singers, New Repertoire (DownBeat, Jan. 2019)

Kate Reid

My column from the January 2019 DownBeat reviews five female singers who may be unfamiliar to you (read it here). The best of them, including Kate Reid and Judith Lorick (above and below) are really worth hearing.

Judith Lorick

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Filed under Eric Reed, Fred Hersch, Gayle Kolb, Judith Lorick, Kate Reid, Larry Koonse, Lucia Jackson, Minyeshu, Paul Meyers, Romero Lubambo, Taylor Eigsti

NYC – Still the Jazz Capital (DownBeat, Feb. 2019)

Smalls/Mezzrow impresario and pianist Spike Wilner.

For the lead story on New York City in @DownbeatMag’s 25 Greatest Jazz Cities package (Feb. 2019), I spoke with musicians who run jazz clubs, like Spike Wilner and Matt Garrison (Shapeshifter Lab); other musicians who live here (Anat Cohen, Kurt Elling); and jazz label execs Don Was (Blue Note), Barney Fields (HighNote/Savant), Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang (Pi).  Read it here.

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Filed under Anat Cohen, Barney Fields, Blue Note, Don Was, Downbeat, HighNote Records, Kurt Elling, Matt Garrison, Mezzrow, Pi Recordings, Shapeshifter Lab, Smalls, Spike Wilner