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Bucket list: 20 things to see linked to influential Illinoisans

Well, this is it. The last installment of our bicentennial bucket list: 200 things every Illinoisan should do, see, eat or drink at least once in a lifetime.<p>We kicked things off way back in December with 20 history-related sites, adding 20 more entries a month in various subjects — sports, …

Mississippi River

Controversy Over East End Bar Dress Code

Just Now<p>A Facebook post has ignited a debate about the dress code at East End bars. The photo was posted by Herb Smith, a trumpeter for the Rochester …

Horns

Monterey Jazz Festival 2018: Women, SF Bay Area musicians grab spotlight

There’s no shortage of big-name acts playing the main arena at the Monterey Jazz Festival this weekend.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton …

Monterey

Trumpeter/vocalist Shamarr Allen aims to show the 'True Orleans' on his new album

Ask Shamarr Allen if he really believes New Orleans is, as the opening track on his new “True Orleans” albums declares, “The Greatest Place in the …

New Orleans

Remembering Pianist and Composer Randy Weston

At the recent Detroit Jazz Festival, I showed vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant a photo I took of Randy Weston last year at the Kaye Playhouse at …

Aretha Franklin

Oteil & Friends Extend New Year's Run

Last month bassist Oteil Burbridge announced a New Year’s Run featuring his Oteil & Friends project. Today, a pair of shows have been added as have a …

Horns

An Afro-Cuban-Yiddish opera tells the story of a Jewish refugee

Jennifer Jade Ledesna, center, plays a singer at a Havana nightclub in “Hatuey: Memory of Fire,” a love story set in 1931 Cuba. (Maria Baranova)<p>NEW …

Jewish Culture

EFG renews title sponsorship, Jazz Voice stars, Rymden and Jamie Baum for EFG London Jazz Fest

The full programme for this year's <b>EFG London Jazz Festival</b>, which runs from <b>16 to 25 November</b>, has been announced and includes some significant …

Horns

Review – Mountain Sun Jammed Out For Its 25th Birthday

While a significant amount of the Front Range’s music-loving crowd was busy with the inaugural three-day Grandoozy Festival this past weekend, much …

Colorado

The formal accomplishment of Michael Palmer’s poetry is in tension with one of his recurrent themes: the limits and slippages of language. A poem dedicated to the trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith concludes: “It must not flow, / must come out wrong, / since such is song.” I can almost imagine Palmer giving these injunctions to himself—something like Wallace Stevens’s “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction” (“It must be abstract”; “It must change”)—pushing himself to work against his unmatched fluency, trying to hit an off note given his perfect pitch. For it can be wrong to get song right if, like Palmer, you are suspicious of any glib resolution or false consolation, if you are committed to exploring the contradictions of art making in dark times, if your paradoxical task is to represent what escapes representation. Palmer’s poems are full of beautiful self-cancellations that offer both an image and its erasure, eloquence and its failure, flow and fragmentation. One figure for this lyric negativity—in my mind linking Palmer and Keats—is silent music, the unheard melody: dancers fill the streets and fields with “silent song / thinking they could go on and on”; “A silent symphony engulfed the city”; etc. The poles of presence and absence in Palmer’s poems can reverse suddenly, ode becoming elegy, but this tenuousness is also a sign of possibility. Thus “Nord-Sud,” a poem in memory of the French poet Pierre Reverdy, concludes by refusing to conclude: “This poem is to be continued indefinitely.” It can go on (and on) precisely because meaning never stabilizes; any definite statement will be liquefied by song. Palmer has written more than a dozen books of poetry, most recently The Laughter of the Sphinx (New Directions). He has published important translations from the French, Portuguese, and Russian, and collaborated with artists across media, including on more than twenty works with the choreographer Margaret Jenkins. He has lived for many years in San Francisco. ALL All the beautiful women in my lifewere called Sadie or Sadist I forgetthe color of that flower also its namenow that you ask where I have been these past few monthsbetween the solstice and the total eclipseof all that we once had knownor thought mistakenly to know. Perhaps the snow blinded usor we gazed too long at the startled sunforgetting our strict instructionslike so many others who had assembled there for the eventthat came and wentwithout a word without a breathwhile the dancers so young filled the streets and the fields with a sort of silent songthinking they could go on and on.

Single Page<p>The formal accomplishment of Michael Palmer’s poetry is in tension with one of his recurrent themes: the limits and slippages of language. …

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José James Tips His Hat To Bill Withers On ‘Lean On Me’

Jazz vocal stylist José James will release <i>Lean On Me,</i> his new tribute album to the great soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, on 28 September on Blue …

Music

Exhibition Devoted To Trumpets Opens At The Morris Museum On October 7

The Morris Museum in partnership with the National Music Museum (Vermillion, South Dakota) presents the exhibit Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: …

South Dakota

Baltimore Symphony principal oboist files sexual harassment charge against concertmaster

The principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has filed a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity …

Sexual Harassment

New York Philharmonic Musicians In Limbo After Investigation

The New York Philharmonic announced Sunday that it has taken action against two prominent musicians over unspecified "misconduct": the orchestra's principal oboist, Liang Wang, and its associate principal trumpeter, Matthew Muckey.<p>The orchestra said the decision came after a five-month internal …

New York Philharmonic

Ira Sabin, Founder of JazzTimes Magazine, Is Dead at 90

Ira Sabin, a bebop drummer who in 1970 started what became JazzTimes magazine, one of the world’s leading jazz publications, as a four-page newspaper to promote new releases at his record store in Washington, died on Wednesday at an assisted living facility in Rockville, Md. He was 90.<p>His son Glenn …

Obituaries

L.A. band Kneebody brings epic collection of sounds to SF Bay Area gigs

From the very beginning, Kneebody resisted all efforts at stylistic categorization. Formed in Los Angeles by five conservatory-trained musicians, the …

San Francisco Bay Area

Seattle Symphony’s festive concert opens a season with much to commemorate

The Seattle Symphony’s opening night gala is always a celebratory affair, but Saturday night's opener brought the festivities to a whole new level.

Music Festivals

Joan, Joni and Jean-Georges

<b><br>In The Wall Street Journal this week,</b> my "Anatomy of a Song" column was on Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" (<b>go here</b>). The song is a feminist push-back …

Jazz

Piano Lessons in the Panopticon

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A few years ago, I began taking jazz piano lessons on the internet.<p>It had been almost a decade since my last lesson, the old-fashioned kind that involved driving to my teacher’s house, sitting down at the piano in his cluttered living room and playing for an hour.<p>This was …

Opinion

New experiments in jazz and funk kick off the season

It’s rare to find a married couple working together in jazz, let alone co-leading a band of nine across Canada. Toronto’s Tara Davidson and William …

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Relive Video Of Trey Anastasio Telling Bob Weir About His First Grateful Dead Experience [Watch]

Back in November of 2001, <b>The Connecticut Forum</b> hosted one of its unscripted and unpredictable panels, with <b>Trey Anastasio</b> and <b>Bob Weir</b> sitting in to …

Live Music

Meet Maurice Brown, the Trumpeter Behind Some of the World's Biggest Stars

Playing the trumpet is hard. Before you can even think about playing different notes on the coiled brass instrument’s three valves, you need to be …

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FOOTBALL: Team 146 by position

<b>Rushing offense</b><p>Last season the Bulldogs dominated the ground game, leading the Ivy League with 25 rushing touchdowns and an average of 216.8 yards …

Student Journalism

Ambrose Akinmusire Announces New Blue Note Album ‘Origami Harvest’

Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire has announced the release of his new studio album <i>Origami Harvest,</i> <b>which will be</b> <b>released on 12 October</b> …

Music

Niwot adds Gospel breakfast to Jazz on 2nd Avenue shindig

<b>If you go</b><p><b>What:</b> Jazz on 2nd Avenue<p><b>When:</b> 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday (festival) and 9:30 a.m.-noon Sunday (Gospel Brunch)<p><b>Where:</b> Intersection of Second …

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Robert Walter's 20th Congress Releases New Single, "Chalk Giant", Off Forthcoming Album 'Spacesuit' [Listen]

<b>Robert Walter’s 20th Congress</b> is gearing up to release their new album, <i>Spacesuit</i>, due out September 21st via <b>Royal Potato Family</b>. The band has …

Live Music

Who was Chet Baker?

<i>I</i> got really into the sound of Chet Baker this summer. I went through all the albums; the live sessions from Paris that made me feel like I could be …

Chet Baker

Trumpet Colossus Kenny Dorham Towers Alongside the Jazz Gods

Kenny Dorham was once 10 feet tall, lean and healthy.<p>In Miles Davis' autobiography, one of the mightiest forces in music, let alone jazz, recounts a …

Austin

Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline Reclaims Mood Music In The City Of Brotherly LoveWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Nels Cline has earned his place as a guitar hero for our times, with a track record stretching back four decades and a marquee gig with Wilco. But if you mainly associate him with squalls of feedback, you're missing a big part of the picture. "The Avant Romantic" is how <i>Rolling Stone</i> pegged him …

Music

Shooter Done It His Way on New Album

In 2015, I saw a great show that featured <b>Shooter Jennings</b> and <b>Waymore’s Outlaws</b> that lasted almost three hours. Growing up in a rock and roll town, I …

New Albums