Do the Gig is proceeding apace, with new reviews of Dan Weiss (by Noah Berman), Theo Bleckmann (by Caroline Davis), and John Zorn (by Sean Gough).
I’m playing Wednesday night in the Nasser/Sperazza Quartet w. Michael Formanek, Vinnie Sperazza, and Kyle Nasser at Cornelia Street Cafe.
The first Jazz Congress is at JALC, where I’m participating in two panels.
Thursday at 9:30 AM:
Jazz and Race: A Conversation
We’ve all heard commentators and pundits through the years claim that what the United States needs is “an honest conversation about race.” Racial identity and issues, including segregation, integration, and appropriation, pervade the history of jazz. As a metaphor for democracy, and given the music’s core values of swing, improvisation, and the blues, what is the role of jazz in this important discussion?
Moderator: Rene Marie
Panelists: Ethan Iverson, Wynton Marsalis
Friday at 12:15 PM:
Legends of Piano Round Table
A lively conversation with a few masters of jazz piano.
Moderator: Ethan Iverson
Panelists: Kenny Barron, Joanne Brackeen, Harold Mabern
They are closed sessions, only open to attendees, but they will be webcast from JALC livestream and Facebook.