JazzTimes November 2020

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Exclusive Content Our weekly online video conversation series, Speakin’ My Piece, hosted by guitarist Dekel Bor, airs Thursdays at 3 PM ET on JazzTimes’ Facebook page and YouTube channel; past episodes are archived on jazztimes.com. Upcoming guests include Keyon Harrold, Antonio Sánchez, Sonny Rollins, Dave Douglas, and Melissa Aldana. JT Blog Billie, an in-depth new documentary about jazz vocalist and icon Billie Holiday, opens in theaters and on streaming platforms November 13. Directed by award-winning filmmaker James Erskine, Billie is based on 200 hours of largely unheard interviews conducted from 1970 to 1978 by journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who died in 1979, leaving her book—intended to be the definitive Holiday biography—unwritten. Watch the film’s official trailer on jazztimes.com. Audio & Video Exclusive premieres of tracks by Christopher Parker & Kelley Hurt and Luba Mason, as…

the new abnormal

As I write these words, the United States is six months into the COVID-19 era, with no obvious end in sight. In his article “Welcome to the New Regime,” Marc Hopkins looks at how all the upheaval we’ve been living through has altered the world of jazz education. No teacher, student, or administrator is happy about it, but most of them appear to be learning to adapt to social distancing, online instruction, and other personal protective measures. Of course, that isn’t the whole story. When Marc and I first discussed the concept for this feature on the phone, he made an important point: that jazz education doesn’t end when college does. It continues for years, for decades, in clubs and restaurants and hotel lounges. Which is why Marc’s story has a…

this drummer got some

When James Brown famously yelled, “Give the drummer some,” it was a recognition of sorts that drummers deserved a moment in the spotlight. Cindy Blackman Santana, however, has never been content to wait for her moment; she took it, thundering away with unrelenting fire as both a band member and leader. She’s still doing so on her newest recording, titled—yes—Give the Drummer Some. Three years in the making, it’s essentially a double CD with 17 tunes. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t boxed [genre-wise] and I couldn’t tell the story I wanted to with just eight tracks,” Blackman Santana explains. Another factor: It’s been a while since she put out an album as a leader—her previous one was 2010’s Another Lifetime, a tribute to one of her main influences, Tony…

the path to wisdom

As a freshman at the University of Montana in Missoula, drummer Whit Dickey had an instructor who seemed like a mystic and offered him a sage bit of advice: “If you stick with one thing long enough and keep doing it and doing it, you could be called a fool, but you’ll gain wisdom.” Dickey mentions this halfway through a phone conversation reflecting on a musical career that has grown slowly but steadily over several decades. “It turned out to be true,” he says of his teacher’s words. Dickey is known as much for his associations with pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist Ivo Perelman as for his own work as a leader. But the last 16 months have seen the release of three albums under his own name, all containing some…

she beats the odds

The word “resilience” well describes Shirazette Tinnin’s life and career. During the course of her 41 years, the drummer, whose latest album Sonic Wallpaper Volume 1: The Cards That Life Can Deal was released at the onset of the pandemic, has faced plenty of setbacks—physical, emotional, and economic—yet she has persevered. Perhaps some of her indomitable toughness can be traced to her background as an athlete. Born and raised in a small town called Pleasant Grove, near Burlington, North Carolina, Tinnin began playing basketball when she was nine, won a weightlifting competition in her teens, and eventually received a hoops scholarship to Appalachian State, where she majored in music performance and music industry. Her affinity for drums and percussion began even earlier. Raised in a musical family—her mother marched trombone and…

jt 50

This month: July/August 2016 We’d been doing oral histories on legendary artists for several years before we decided, in 2016, to use that same format to talk about a place rather than a person. But it was a place with a whole lot of personality. The jazz club Seventh Avenue South in New York City was owned by Randy and Michael Brecker, along with some other folks, and became famous not only for great music but for its raucous scene. As editor Evan Haga noted in an introduction to the piece for JazzTimes’ website, “They don’t make jazz clubs like this anymore.” He added, “The club flourished in the late 1970s and ’80s, presenting legendary artists, legends-to-be, the hottest session aces and groundbreaking fusion bands, helping to define a brilliant but…