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The Goings-On

May 2014 - September 2014

I thought it was about time to end the radio silence.

Since I graduated from Harvard in May, I've been gradually making the transition to full-on musicianhood, albeit rather slowly. The summer was a long stretch of practicing, continuing my work for The Jazz Gallery (including maintaining their blog, Jazz Speaks), purchasing obscene amounts of obscenely cheap used CDs from Princeton Record Exchange, and exploring the possibilities of the grill.

I also traveled to Beijing and Shanghai for two weeks in late June and July and had the chance to get a feel for the jazz scene (corresponding blog post here).

I've been asked about the "transition" from Harvard to the New England Conservatory a number of times, and I have to say that there wasn't really much of a transition to speak of—after moving into a new apartment in Jamaica Plain at the beginning of September, I pretty much hit the ground running, playing plenty of sessions with friends, rehearsing and workshopping music I'd composed over the summer, and checking out music around town.

I've been going steadily to the jam session at Wally's (the old Boston mainstay at this point), and I had the chance to play in the house band for the first time two weeks ago. I'm pleased to report that I'll be back there again with a quartet led by pianist Chris McCarthy this Saturday; maybe see some of you Bostonians there? Also, the gig will be notable for being probably the first Wally's jam session band in years to be an all-NEC band (i.e., no Berklee cats! Don't know how that happened).

In other news, I've also still been haunting Harvard's campus here and there. I'm auditing newly-minted Harvard Prof. Vijay Iyer's graduate seminar entitled "Theorizing Improvisation," which has entailed reading some heavy theory (Bourdieu, etc.). It's been edifying, but in a mind-melting sort of way. I'm hoping to bring a new band (chordless quartet with tenor/trumpet, bass, and drums) to WHRB (Harvard Radio) for a live broadcast sometime this month or next. I'll keep you posted.

That's all I've got to share with you for now. Thanks for reading and thanks for listening.


Coming Soon:

Fri., October 4
Wally's Jam Session
7-9 p.m., no cover, 1 drink
427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02118

Thurs., October 16
Music of George Russell
NEC Jazz Orchestra
8-10 p.m., free

Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston

Fri., October 24
Music of George Russell
NEC Jazz Orchestra
8-10 p.m., free

Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston
We live in the era of the graduation selfie.


—In case you missed the mindnumbing Sonny Rollins-New Yorker feud this summer, a summary.

—Recent listening has included this incredibly swinging version of "The Shadow of Your Smile," plenty of Henry Threadgill (esp. Very Very Circus), and Clifford Brown's Beehive recordings (!).
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