Drummer Gerald Cleaver Profiled


Gerald Cleaver, jazz drummer, picture taken in...

Gerald Cleaver

From the Detroit Free Press:

More than any other Detroit jazz export of his generation, drummer Gerald Cleaver has earned his reputation on the cutting edge. The secret to his originality? Well, the first thing he will tell you is that he’s not trying to do anything new.

To put it another way, Cleaver sees the big picture, and he’s interested in everything except novelty.

“I’m just continuing in my personal fashion with what I grew up with,” said the 51-year-old drummer. “I think that’s all anybody really does. No matter what I’m playing, I’m looking for a connection to infinity. I think getting preoccupied with creating something new handicaps you from actually doing it.”

Ross Hammond Profile


528990_440195956015126_112459292_nFrom The Sacramento Bee:

Meaning no disrespect to jazz lovers the world over, locally based guitarist and composer Ross Hammond will tell you he’s not really a jazz artist even though that’s how he usually is identified. Hammond’s well-regarded recordings are mostly reviewed by and featured in jazz-based media, so you might think he doth protest too much. The perception will adjust somewhat as Hammond releases a solo acoustic guitar album called “Flight” on April 14. He will celebrate the release with shows in Sacramento on April 12-13.

Bike-riding jazz musician Taylor Ho Bynum to perform in Miami


English: Taylor Ho Bynum, Moers Festival 2007

Taylor Ho Bynum

From southflorida.com:

Jazz composer Taylor Ho Bynum has been creating freewheeling music for the past two decades. But when he performs this week in South Florida, he’ll do so literally. Starting Wednesday, April 8, and continuing through Sunday, April 12, the cornetist and bandleader will be pedaling some 150 miles through Miami on a bicycle, stopping to perform improvisational jazz at venues such as New World Center’s SoundScape Park and Koubek Center Theater.

Pierre Boulez’s Life in Service to Music


Pierre Boulez in 2004

Pierre Boulez

From NYTimes.com:

Few musicians in history have been as influential within their lifetimes as Pierre Boulez. As a composer and theorist, he shaped the path of modernism in postwar Europe. As a conductor, he redefined concert programming. As an educator and administrator, he oversaw the creation of groundbreaking music facilities. Celebrations around Mr. Boulez’s 90th birthday this season reveal his omnipresence. The Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival in Britain, the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris and the Staatskapelle Berlin are just some of the institutions to have included homages to Mr. Boulez in their programs.

Remembering Tod Dockstader (1932-2015)


From NewMusicBox:

I’ve been connected to Tod Dockstader and his extraordinary music for nearly 40 years. In fact, issuing his classic works for the first time on CD directly inspired me to create my Starkland label, and indeed Starkland’s first two CDs are devoted to Tod’s music. It’s been a rewarding, moving experience to trace the zigzagging path of his career, see the blossoming recognition for his accomplishments, and work with Tod as he transitioned from the world of analog tape and razor blade to the era of computer and software. What’s striking to me is that Tod’s composing, for most of his life, was always an avocation, something he did part-time, outside of his day job, earning him little income.

Pierre Boulez Picks 10 Great Works of the 20th Century


Pierre Boulez in 2004

Pierre Boulez

From Soundcheck:

Over the years, Boulez would come on my various other shows (Around New York in the 1990s, Soundcheck in the 00s), but one of the most memorable visits he paid us was early in 2000. Rather than just interview him, again, I asked if he’d make a list of what he considered the ten most important pieces of music in the just-concluded 20th century. I’m not sure what I was thinking – just trying to do something different, I guess, but to my surprise and delight, he agreed. Over the course of a week, we broadcast his Top 10, two pieces each day, with Boulez himself explaining why he chose each piece. Read on to find out what he chose and why.

Evan Parker’s Musical Utopia


British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...

Evan Parker

Evan Parker is profiled:

At home in Faversham in Kent, Evan Parker has the physicality of a contented honey-bear and the joviality of a real-ale enthusiast. He lives, as artists should, in a whitewashed terraced cottage with the dimensions of a Cornish net loft, each subsequent stage stratified with shelves or records, CDs and books. Economics dictate that Parker, who operates at the upper levels of a music that’s often commercially unsustainable, plays all over the world.