thejazzsession.com and JazzDIY.com have just issued their 2nd "joint" interview and it's a chat with the gentleman to the left. Composer/arranger Darcy James Argue, whose main musical outlet is the large ensemble known as the Secret Society, speaks with Crane about a number of subjects including his relationship to the late Bob Brookmeyer and Argue's new multi-media project, "Brooklyn Babylon." Then,he sits with Crane for the video interview and speaks about his entry into the world of jazz as well as the business of running a modern band. Both discussions are fascinating (to me) and will give you further insights about the contemporary music scene. Clink on the links above (or, for The Jazz Session interview, there's a link on the right of this post) and enjoy.
www.newmusicbox.org/articles/author/RatzoBHarris/ and check him out.
Those of you who follow professional basketball are probably already quite tired of "Lin-sanity", the media madness surrounding New York Knicks (and Harvard graduate) point guard Jeremy Lin. Jazz fans know New York Times and JazzTimes writer Nate Chinen - I heartily recommend you go to thegig.typepad.com and check out Chinen's post titled "Race Is The Place", a personal take on racism, color, nationality and minority status. Click here to read the entry.
In the meantime, Bleckmann and band appeared on WNYC-FM's "New Sounds" in April of 2010, performing 5 songs live (with snippets of the original pieces) and talking with host John Schaefer about why the vocalist took on the project. Click on the link below to listen to the entire show, courtesy of WNYC.