Category Archives: Jazz Journalism

A Personal Aspiration Towards Ethical Listening

This weekend, NPR Music intern Emily White wrote a well-meaning (and well-written) reflection on her relationship to music — namely, the fact that she never purchased any, given the free and easy access with which she has grown up. I, … Continue reading

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Fred Wesley @ Oceanside Jazz Festival

In case you were wondering, Fred Wesley still knows how to get down. At the tender age of 68, the Funkiest Trombonist of All Time overcame a long cross-country flight and a bout with acute bronchitis to serve as the … Continue reading

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Blue Whale Feature @ NPR Music

In Los Angeles, An Immigrant’s Dream Becomes a Jazz Hub By Alex W. Rodriguez for A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz This piece is a part of the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Day Blogathon, celebrating jazz in local communities in honor of “Jazz … Continue reading

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Badbadnotgood: Leave Jazz Alone

This morning, I finally caught up with the jazz internet hoopla surrounding the Toronto-based trio Badbadnotgood (BBNG). I will not link to any of their music here, because they have received plenty of attention already. I will, however, link to … Continue reading

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I survived the EMP Pop Conference

Wow, that was a crazy month! And another begins, as I return to campus for spring quarter here at UCLA. This quarter system is a real trip . . . between the 10-week courses and the lack of seasons here … Continue reading

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Ben Wendel “Frame” CD Release @ Blue Whale

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Saxophonist Ben Wendel

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Kim Richmond Ensemble @ Contrapuntal Hall

After a few months in Los Angeles, I am finally figuring out where the jazz is happening — it’s not like New York, where you can just see who’s playing at the Jazz Gallery or Village Vanguard on a given … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve at the Blue Whale

In case you’re wondering how I’m ringing in the New Year for 2012, I have the pleasure of joining up with some of my old friends at WBGO for the annual Toast of the Nation extravaganza. The last leg of … Continue reading

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Writing Jazz, Playing Jazz: Origins of “The Critic”

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I have been spending much of my limited internet free time on my road trip (hello, Arizona! Almost there …) reading the many impassioned responses to Roanna Forman’s question, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Jazz Journalism, 2009-2011

On Monday, I submitted my last column to the Star-Ledger, and with my professional writing career on hold for now, I’m in a bit of a reflective mood. Looking back at my earlier posts, I am reminded of the fun … Continue reading

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