Composer Darrell Katz leads an all-star ensemble of Boston’s finest through a program of his own compositions on A Wallflower In The Amazon (Accurate Records, 2010). In this interview, Katz talks about the album’s musical diversity; his use of poetry as text for some of his compositions; and his particular method of placing his own stamp on the works of others. Learn more at www.jazzcomposersalliance.org.
Saxophonist Howard Wiley explores the music and conditions at Angola prison in Louisiana on 12 Gates to the City. This CD is the follow up to The Angola Project, which was based on Wiley’s research on the prison. The new album was inspired by Wiley’s visit to Angola. In this interview, Wiley talks about conditions at the prison; modern-day slavery; and why he felt compelled to document his experiences musically. Learn more at www.howardwiley.com.
Saxophonist Geof Bradfield traveled to several African countries in 2008. His new album, African Flowers (Origin Records, 2010), is a musical chronicle of that journey. In this interview, Bradfield talks about the places he visited on his trip; how he chose to musically interpret his experiences; and the varied projects with which he’s currently involved. Learn more at http://geofbradfield.com.
Guitarist Mary Halvorson explores adventurous musical territory on Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12 Records, 2010). In this interview, Halvorson talks about the influence of Anthony Braxton; her uncommon guitar; and her approach to composition. Learn more at www.maryhalvorson.com.
Saxophonist Dave Liebman is celebrating an amazing year full of recordings and awards. In this interview, Liebman talks about his lifelong commitment to education; the various honors bestowed upon him recently, including an NEA Jazz Master Award; and why he enjoys playing not only his own music but also the music of giants such as Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. Learn more at www.daveliebman.com.