Category Archives: Resisting Definition

New Jazz Presenters Feature @ NPR Music

Six Creative Presenters Finding New Audiences for Jazz By Alex W. Rodriguez for A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz I wrote this about a month ago for NPR Music, and in the midst of end-of-the-year shenanigans forgot to link to it here at … Continue reading

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Share Your John Coltrane Stories

As the semester winds to a close, it’s final-paper-time for my fellow graduate students in the Jazz History and Research M.A. program at Rutgers-Newark, the illustrious university from which I am about to graduate. Some of them are wrapping up … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Completely Different …

When I started writing this blog almost two years ago, I didn’t really know what would come of it. I thought that jazz would play a central role, but didn’t know what else might grace the electronic pages of this … Continue reading

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Ben Ratliff 1, Smithsonian Jazz Anthology 0

I just read Ben Ratliff’s excellent critique of “Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology” at the New York Times. I have disagreed vehemently with Mr. Ratliff on these electronic pages before, but this time he really hit the nail on the head. … Continue reading

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John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble @ Jazz Standard

John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Big Band Is Both Masterful and Innovative By Alex W. Rodriguez for the Star-Ledger

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Kind Of A Big Deal: Wayne Shorter @ Town Hall

It has been an eventful week leading up to Wayne Shorter’s much-anticipated concert at Town Hall tomorrow night, his first NYC appearance since 2008. I wrote a preview that ran in the Star-Ledger on Friday, so there’s that, but the … Continue reading

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Jazz is Not a Genre

UPDATE: I’m bumping this up in case you missed it over the weekend … with a few minor edits: Now that I’ve calmed down a bit after my somewhat-jumbled thoughts about Winter JazzFest, I want to spend a few hundred … Continue reading

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Has a Dream for Jazz

My favorite MLK quote Continue reading

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Is Dr. Teeth a Jazz Muppet?

Exploring the overlap between jazz studies and cultural representations of the music through The Muppet Show. Continue reading

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McGill Graduate Music Symposium

A recap of my three-day music conference at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Continue reading

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