by Adam Matlock | Jan 30, 2015 11:02 am
It seems that jazz makes headlines these days in one of two ways: either a player or a fan declares the genre dead or a critic snipes at the genre and the tradition. It can be easy to forget that jazz is a tradition that’s practiced to this day, in live concerts and on recordings, with interpretations of standards or new compositions altogether.
by Brian Slattery | Jan 29, 2015 2:02 pm
“Thank you all so much for coming,” said Lys Guillorn near the end of her second Big Little Sunday Show at Cafe Nine. “If not for this, I’d be sitting at home in my Hello Kitty Pajamas, reading detective novels.”
Guillorn’s three Big Little Sunday Shows this winter (the next one is Feb. 22) each feature eight different acts, each performing short, casual sets that let the musicians relax—and experiment.
by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 23, 2015 4:10 pm | Comments (6)
(Update 5 p.m. 9th Note owner Chris O’Dowd relayed to the Independent that a city mediator said the landlord wants to work things out.)
Someone heard too much “noise” coming from a Ninth Square jazz supper club. The city’s cops and health department didn’t hear it—at least not by official standards.
by Lucy Gellman | Jan 20, 2015 12:05 pm
One verse into “Malagueña,” singer Taylor Ward was summoning ghosts from a bygone culture, whispering at first, and then full-throttled and throaty. With a humming, echoing signal from Doug Perry’s vibraphone, those phantoms rose creaking to their feet. At last, strumming a melody on his guitar, Arash Noori made the spirits lurch forward, still humming Federico García Lorca’s “Poema del cante jondo.”
by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 20, 2015 11:45 am | Comments (22)
The Ninth Square’s newest spot for jazz and burlesque will have to find a new home if its landlord has its way.
by Lucy Gellman | Jan 20, 2015 8:24 am
Poised at the front of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Robert Davis raised his chin, lifting his lips to the microphone.
Voice steady, he read: “We must use our time creatively, in knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise to democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”
by Lucy Gellman | Jan 19, 2015 8:30 am
Those close to Tina and Netta Hadari have known for a while that their home-grown nonprofit, Music Haven, is a champion in the community, crusading for music education in some of the most underserved of New Haven’s neighborhoods. With a tiny staff and modest budget, the two have made it their mission to, in their words, “empower low-income and first-generation college-bound students to pursue higher education” through a sustained commitment to music.
by Lucy Gellman | Jan 16, 2015 11:54 am
All over New Haven, there are musical moments where it feels as if the composers are in the room. A story unfolds in the small space of a black box theater, high school auditorium, or large concert hall. Beethoven sashays across the floorboards; Bach deribs and juliennes his movements in the kitchen; Bartók recounts postwar Europe in movement after movement. Mickey brings out his cape and cauldron and suddenly, thick, misty waves of sound are springing in midair, sparks of color flying across the stage.
by Brian Slattery | Jan 15, 2015 3:53 pm | Comments (10)
The Rolling Stones. Black-Eyed Peas. Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen. Bad Brains. King Crimson. Tom Waits. Toots and the Maytals. John Lee Hooker. Wu-Tang Clan. Billy Joel.
by Brian Slattery | Jan 15, 2015 12:06 pm | Comments (3)
“Do you have any scissors?” asked Justina Sullivan, cellist for the Tet Offensive.
“I have a lot of scissors,” said Brian Robinson, the band’s singer and composer. “Why?”
“Because I might need to cut off some of my fingers,” Sullivan said. She meant the fingers off her tiger suit. She was planning to wear it for the video the Tet Offensive was making on Monday night of the Robinson-penned song “Black Tiger,” for a chance to win NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest.