Category Archives: Jazz

Shirley Clarke

“Shirley Clarke (née Brimberg; October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and independent filmmaker, director and editor. … In her first film, Dance in the Sun (1953), she adapted a choreography of Daniel Nagrin. The New … Continue reading

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The Belated Celebration of the Kamoinge Workshop

Anthony Barboza, Kamoinge Members, 1973 “In 2016, on the occasion of an exhibition of the photographs of Louis Draper at Steven Kasher Gallery, Hyperallergic critic John Yau asked, ‘Does the Museum of Modern Art Even Know about This Great Photographer?’ … Continue reading

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Bill Evans Live in Munch Museum, Oslo (1966 Live)

“William John Evans (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly played in trios. His use of impressionist harmony, inventive interpretation of traditional jazz repertoire, block chords, and trademark rhythmically independent, ‘singing’ melodic … Continue reading

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John Sinclair: ‘We wanted to kick ass – and raise consciousness’

“I meet John Sinclair in a canalside coffeeshop in Amsterdam, where the vibes are mellow, the air perfumed, and the soundtrack a stream of vintage rock songs of the more laidback kind. Compared to slightly self-conscious young pot tourists skinning … Continue reading

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‘Take Beautiful Pictures of Our People’

Herman Howard’s “Sweet as a Peach,” 1963, emphasized the community’s energy. “Shawn Walker was up on 125th Street with Louis Draper and Ray Francis, hanging out and taking pictures. It was the summer of 1964 and the friends, in their … Continue reading

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The People James Baldwin Knew

James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney in Paris, circa 1960. “This story is part of T’s Book Club, a series of articles and events dedicated to classic works of American literature. Click here to R.S.V.P. to a virtual conversation, led by … Continue reading

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The Press of Freedom: An Ofay’s Indirect Address to LeRoi Jones – Vivian Gornick (1965)

“Four men — each a well-known practitioner of one of the arts — appeared on a recent Monday night in the small basement room of the Village Vanguard to address an overflowing crowd on the grandly entitled subject ‘Art vs. … Continue reading

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Chet Baker – Italian Movies (1958-1964)

“Before delving into the music on this collection, it’s important to offer a note of caution to Chet Baker fans: Italian Movies is not a really a compilation of the trumpeter’s work, so much as a series of film scores … Continue reading

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Tracking the Beat Generation Across Three Continents

Jack Kerouac, “On the Road” (1951) “PARIS — Though almost entirely lacking a female presence — artist Jay DeFeo and poet Diane Di Prima being the exceptions that prove the rule —  the Centre Pompidou’s airily laid out retrospective of … Continue reading

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The Canterbury Scene: How A Bunch of Bookish Bohemians Became The Monty Pythons of Prog

Richard Bennett Zeff (Caravan), Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns (Kevin Ayers). “In the late 60s, the quaint, historic hamlet of Canterbury birthed a scene defined by its breezy, jazz-influenced vibe, quirky lyrics, and refusal to take itself too seriously. At the end of … Continue reading

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