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Jazz Matters Panel: The Best Jazz of 2010 (So Far)!

Sep 6th, 2010 | By

Time to take stock of the finest jazz releases of the year to this point! We’ll be gathering for an informal jukebox jury and panel discussion on Wednesday, September 15th, 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music performance space, 5th Floor, 55 West 13th Street in Manhattan.

Howard Mandel will moderate the event. He’ll be joined by Sheila Anderson, Martin Johnson, David R. Adler and Kurt Gottschalk, each of whom will bring several tracks for listening, blindfold-testing and freewheeling discussion. [Update: Martin Johnson is unable to attend. Fourth panelist to be announced.]

And save the date for the next Jazz Matters panel: Thursday, October 7. Same time and place. Panelists and topic to be announced.

Please REGISTER for this free event and we’ll email you a reminder!


Howard Mandel is an author, blogger, editor, senior contributor to Down Beat and other print publications, jazz commentator on NPR and in several films, adjunct professor at New York University and president of the Jazz Journalists Association.

David R. Adler is a lecturer in jazz history at Queens College and editor of JJA News. His writings have appeared in JazzTimes, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Out-New York, Slate, The New Republic and many other publications.

Sheila Anderson is a radio personality on WBGO, 88.3 FM (New Jersey) and the author of two books: The Quotable Musician: From Bach to Tupac and How to Grow as A Musician: What All Musicians Must Know to Succeed. Also, Ms. Anderson writes a column for Hot House.

Kurt Gottschalk is most interested in what Anthony Braxton brilliantly termed the “post Ayler/Cage continuum.” His writings about music have appeared in All About Jazz-New York and AllAboutJazz.com, The Brooklyn Rail, Coda, Signal to Noise, The Village Voice, The Wire and Time Out-New York, among other publications, and his syndicated column “New York Is Now” runs in ImproJazz (France), Jazz.pt (Portugal) and Jazz.ru (Russia).

[Update: Martin Johnson is unable to attend. Fourth panelist to be announced.]

Martin Johnson has been on the New York jazz scene since 1980. He served as Jazz Director at WKCR, 89.9 FM in 1981 and began writing about music in 1984. His work has appeared in a wide variety of outlets including The New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, New York, four books and many, many websites. He writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and The Root (www.theroot.com).

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