Mills College’s Plan to Ax Jazz Legend Roscoe Mitchell Draws International Outrage 

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

Source: East Bay Express…as it should.

Mills College intends to lay off seminal composer and improviser Roscoe Mitchell, due to the school’s budget crisis — and the international music community is incensed.

In May, the historic college announced emergency measures — namely, restructuring departments and jettisoning mostly tenured professors — in order to resolve a $9 million projected budget shortfall. And earlier this month, Mitchell, who’s contracted for two more years, says he was one of eleven faculty members told their employment could be over come July.

AMN Picks of the Week: Davis, Sharp & Ensemble Resonanz / Creation VI / Amir ElSaffar / Dale Cooper / Svartsinn / Doug Wieselman Trio S

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Gareth Davis / Elliott Sharp / Ensemble Resonanz – Oceanus Procellarum (2017)
Creation VI – Deus Sive Natura (2017)
Amir ElSaffar – Not Two (2017)
Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones – Astrild Astrild (2017)
Svartsinn – Collected Obscurities (2017)
Doug Wieselman Trio S – Somewhere Glimmer (2017)

AMN Picks of the Week: Khost / Reid Karris / Gaudi / Quinsin Nachoff / Peregrine Falls / nordBeck

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Khost – Governance (2017)
Reid Karris – Arbor Philosophica (2017)
Gaudi – Magnetic (2017)
Quinsin Nachoff – Ethereal Trio (2017)
Peregrine Falls – Peregrine Falls (2017)
nordBeck – Blenterop 1491 (2017)

Jazz Pioneer Roscoe Mitchell Marked for Dismissal at Mills College 

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...

Source: KQED Arts. Well, this is not good. Academia is one of the few steady gigs for accomplished creative musicians.

Roscoe Mitchell, the influential saxophonist known for groundbreaking work in jazz and orchestral music, is in danger of losing his job at Mills College due to the Oakland-based university’s financial problems.

A founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago who was once described as “one of the most important musicians in jazz” by the New York Times, Mitchell is one of 11 faculty members expected to lose his position, according to Chris Brown, the co-director at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music.

AMN Picks of the Week: George Christian / Mario Pavone / Shelter / Thet Liturgiske Owäsende / Hanging Hearts / STAUB Quartet

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

George Christian – Exílios 1 (2017)
Mario Pavone – Vertical (2017)
Shelter (Vandermark / Wooley / Heather / Stadhouders) – Shelter (2017)
Thet Liturgiske Owäsende – Wisconsin Mining State (2017)
Hanging Hearts – Into a Myth (2017)
STAUB Quartet – House Full of Colors (2017)

AMN Picks of the Week: Bubblemath / Kenoma / Gavin Prior / Chamber 4 / Olivia Block

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Bubblemath – Edit Peptide (2017)
Kenoma – The Tides Will Prevail (2017)
Gavin Prior – Always Summer Somewhere (2016)
Chamber 4 – City of Light (2017)
Olivia Block – Karren (2013)