My radio documentary, Sounds of Upheaval: Guillermo Klein and the new Argentine jazz" debuts tonight on The Checkout
. Listeners in the New York area can catch it on WBGO 88.3 FM. (Or streaming live
everywhere!) The Checkout airs at 6:30 p.m. My segment will likely start around 6:39
. (I'll post a link as soon as it's online.)
I didn't move to Buenos Aires expecting to find jazz. I'd grown up in New York, the jazz capital of the world, and going to hear the music" in Argentina seemed roughly equivalent to catching a baseball game in Parisa waste of time that would only make me long for home.
About a month after arriving in Buenos Aires, I went to hear Ramiro Flores's
quintet at Thelonious
. My expectations were low. The venue was cool. The music was astounding. When Ramiro and his band played L'aprés-midi d'un Curupi," his riff on the legend of a well-endowed Paraguayan faun, it sounded as savvy and of the moment as anything Jason Moran was doing at the time.L'aprés-midi d'un Curupi
The more Argentine jazz I heard, the more I became convinced it was special. Not only was this accomplished music on aesthetic grounds, but it also seemed to have a deep connection with its time and place. This music was the soundtrack to Buenos Aires in 2008. The link between American jazz and post-millennial New York had felt more strained.
I wanted to know why Argentine jazz was so vital. The quest led me to seek out many of Buenos Aires' jazz musicians, to pick their brains, to befriend them, and to begin to assemble an answer.The New Argentine JazzPipi Piazzolla
talks about how the Argentine economic crisis changed jazz
...and sticks around for a rhythm classJuan Cruz de Urquiza
examines the legacy of his group Quinteto UrbanoRichard Nant
discusses his years at BerkleeEsteban Sehinkman
delves into the theory behind his Real Book ArgentinaThe Cutaia brothers
talk about the history and mystique of their club, TheloniousFer Isella
gets into the nitty gritty of mic placement (coming soon...
)Plus, previously published interviews and profiles:Guillermo Klein
on his Argentine roots Dino and Jose Saluzzi
on family music Ramiro Flores
on self-analysis Pipi Piazzolla
on sharks and drums The Ale Demogli Quintet
kills at Thelonious
This story appears courtesy of Inverted Garden by Eric Benson.
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