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.


on the free musics

Jack Wright has written a fascinating book about his experiences in the worlds of free improvisation. It’s more than a memoir; it’s a genealogical anthropology of a very distinct and changing world. I’ve written a review/essay on the book, which All About Jazz has just published.