improvised music in 1970s new haven

New York, Chicago and St. Louis were major cities for jazz-based improvised music in the late 1960s and 1970s, but New Haven? Yes, for a few years in the 1970s New Haven was home to a thriving music community that included many forward-looking improvisers. In All About Jazz I have a piece on the New Haven scene and the beginnings of BassDrumBone, the trio of Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson.

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international collaboration in one’s own house

It was my great pleasure to have Cristiano Bocci over for an exhilarating afternoon of music this past Saturday. Cris was in the US to work with a mathematician colleague at Auburn, and decided to stop by the Washington DC area on his way back to Italy. I’m delighted that he did. (And it was by an auspicious coincidence that his plane touched down at Dulles Airport the day Avant Music News named our forthcoming Non-places as a pick of the week.)