Jazz of the Times... There have been a couple of interesting jazz profiles in the New York Times over the past few days:
Ted Nash - Brush Strokes of Sound, Art That Keeps Changing: "Mr. Nash, 47, came to the band with a wellspring of jazz experience. He grew up in Los Angeles, where his father, the trombonist Dick Nash, and his namesake uncle, a saxophonist, nurtured his prodigious talent. Starting at 16, he held down jobs with a succession of first-rate big bands, including, notably, after he moved to New York, the Mel Lewis Orchestra."
John McNeil - Has Trumpet, Will Surprise: "Mr. McNeil is a kind of trickster figure. How else to explain his newest group, My Band Foot Foot? Its mandate is to play arrangements of songs by the Shaggs, the trio of desperately untalented New Hampshire sisters who made a single album in 1969, “Philosophy of the World,” a milestone of pop folk-art. The band will play its first performance this Saturday at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village."
Also, one of my favorite labels, Palmetto Records has started a blog. (Hat tip to Avant Music News, where I read bout this.)
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