Tag Archives: New York

March 08

Modernization of Jazz and the Kansas City Sound in the 1930’s

In the 1930’s, Kansas City, MO played a significant role in the modernization of jazz. This included the development of riff-style compositions, leading to an increased role for the individual improvisor, the augmentation of small combos to form big bands, and the development of driving swing feel as the predominant idiom. As will be shown, […]

January 08

Hello 2020/2019 Wrap Up

Happy New Year all! Yes, I know it’s a bit late. I closed out 2019 with three rather big and very different gigs all within a week. It was a bit crazy and I logged a lot of miles, but it was fun. I played lead alto for a made-for-tv christmas special at the Beacon […]

January 17

High Line

The High Line is an elevated park on the west side of Manhattan that has been built from a repurposed rail line. This section of track was built in the 1930’s to lift trains up from the street level to avoid creating dangerous intersections with high-speed trains in what was then the city’s largest industrial […]