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Jazz From the New York Times: “Jammed Sessions Abound at a Village Jazz Festival”

From the New York Times, more evidence of the vitality of the Jazz scene.

This is copyright protected, so, just a tease, click on the above link for the whole article.

By BEN RATLIFF
Published: January 9, 2011

“I saw a lot of the following at the 2011 New York Winter Jazzfest, held in five clubs within a three-block radius in Greenwich Village on Friday and Saturday nights: Female musicians. Hyperarticulate trumpet players. Music from foreign lands — Iraq, India, Cuba and the lost continent of prog-rock. Bands with a Fender Rhodes keyboard. A fascinating range of drummers, very fine to clunky-passing-as-cool. And other people’s backs.

There is an audience for jazz, you know. Off the books, it’s bigger than you think. Sometimes the culture around it feels spread out and invisible, like pollen in the air. But the right big event will solidify it so that you can have a packed and primed room not for one of the few names in jazz who do heavy business, but, say, for Butch Morris, the enduringly original conductor of improvisers, as he whipped up an 11-piece collective swirl around the tenor saxophonist J. D. Allen. Or Orrin Evans, the pianist from Philadelphia, with his aggressive and swinging Captain Black Big Band. Or Jen Shyu’s Jade Tongue, a band that set up a killingly contemporary New York jazz trio — the saxophonist David Binney, the bassist John Hébert, the drummer Dan Weiss — behind Ms. Shyu as she sang and talked and waved her arms through long melodic narratives and sometimes played a two-stringed Vietnamese lute.

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Butch Morris, right, conducting his 11-piece band on Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge as part of the two-day New York Winter Jazzfest. At left, the tenor saxophonist J. D. Allen.

You really should read this article. Mr. Ratliff, a great writer, does a wonderful job of letting us know what is possible.

Read the full article here.

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