Myra Melford Profiled Regarding Stone Residency

Source: WBGO.

Pianist-composer Myra Melford isn’t one for dogmas. Whether she’s checking out the boogie-woogie of James P. Johnson, the fractured concepts of Cecil Taylor or Gnawa trance ceremonies in Morocco, openness guides the way she navigates life and music. Melford’s prolific output should now qualify her as a living jazz legend. (Take note, everyone on the NEA Jazz Master advisory committee.) At 62, she believes she’s just now peaking as an artist. Her most recent album, The Other Side of Air, was named one of the 50 Best Albums of 2018 by NPR Music. (Our own Nate Chinen put it near the top of his year-end best, at No. 2.)