Sexism in jazz

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Jazz Messengers on The Jazz Session

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Drummer Art Blakey would have been 94 today. Blakey is most famous for leading The Jazz Messengers, a band through whose ranks passed many of the great names in jazz. I’ve been fortunate to interview many former Messengers. Click on a name below to hear the interview. Oh, and the photo above is of my son Bernie in about 2004 or so, wearing a hat given to him by Art Blakey’s sister.

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The Jazz Session #422: Vijay Iyer, Mary Halvorson, Stephan Crump, Nicky Schrire & the Atlas preview

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I’m celebrating my 40th birthday with four new mini-interviews. Vijay Iyer talks about Holding It Down, his new album with Mike Ladd; Mary Halvorson introduces her septet recording Illusionary Sea; Stephan Crump‘s Rosetta Trio is back with Thwirl; and Nicky Schrire discusses her duo album Space and Time. Plus, Brad Linde returns with a preview of the upcoming season of jazz at the Atlas in Washington, D.C.

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Video of yours truly, interviewed by the new JazzDIY

I was recently interviewed by JazzDIY, a soon-to-be-launched online trade journal for the 21st century jazz musician. You can follow them on Twitter at @JazzDIY and bookmark their site at JazzDIY.com. Actually, I should say “our” site, because right after this interview I agreed to serve as a contributing editor for JazzDIY. We launch on Oct. 17. To tide you over until then, here’s some bonus footage from my five-part video interview.