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All About Jazz: New York - May 2005

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This issue marks AllAboutJazz-New York’s 3rd Anniversary. It’s a rather awkward milestone; a 1st anniversary is congratulatory for making it at all; a 5th or 50th is much more substantial, allowing for thorough reflection. But three years, while still an accomplishment, is less celebratory. So what are we doing to mark this occasion? Putting out another issue packed with items of interest to jazz listeners as usual.

For those with a bent towards European improvisation, one of the giants, Misha Mengelberg, is this month’s curator at The Stone and plays every night for two weeks (On The Cover). This is an extremely rare opportunity to see the pianist perform so much and with different groups of his choosing. Those who like rhythm and percussion get a double dose this month: Joe Chambers (Interview) plays at Merkin Hall with members of M’Boom as well as with Freddie Hubbard at Iridium; Allison Miller (Artist Feature), young drummer extraordinaire, has a CD release party at Cornelia Street Café for her new album.

The range of coverage we have committed ourselves to in our three years is evident in the contrast between our Label Profile (the West Coast avant garde label Nine Winds) and our Club Profile (Cobi’s Place, the unique venue committed to supporting the more mainstream side of jazz).

Though it was officially April, Jazz Appreciation Month never stops in our offices, especially as we start gearing up for the summer festival season. As a small taste, check out Brooklyn’s Improvised and Otherwise Festival (Special Feature), an event celebrating the intersection of that borough and the rest of the world.

And like a broken record (a horrible cliché from your LP-collecting editors), we encourage, implore, suggest and recommend that you take a walk in the increasingly fine weather to one of your favorite venues and check out a show...we’ll see you there.

See you at the shows...
Laurence Donohue-Greene & Andrey Henkin

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