Highly Selective Listings
A thoughtful, discerning, and carefully compiled list of the most notable, promising and unique musical events for the month of September in New York City.
52nd Street is gone, Slug’s is gone, even Sweet Basil is gone, but there’s still something of a jazz world around, populated by musicians, fans, and habitués.
There was a jazz band wrapping up its afternoon set on a pathway in Washington Square Park as I made my way to Judson Memorial Church. There was little to indicate that anyone enjoying the music was aware of the formidable residency underway just across the street, where the final day’s events of the twentieth annual Vision Festival were underway.
It’s no secret that the practices of African-American musicians living in the South around the turn of the last century form the bedrock of American popular music. The styles they birthedblues, gospel, jazzdonned various uniforms as they grew; over the airwaves, on vinyl, and in binary code, they mounted a campaign that conquered the known musical world.
Originally written in 1995 and centering around the wackiness that was part of a quickly changing mid-’80s Manhattan, Stink has been published by Folio Book Club.
Noise and silence initially appear to be opposite and antagonistic extremes, but in musical terms they are two sides of the same page, using different means and different language while sharing the same values.
Emil Amos, the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist of Grails and OM, has been recording highly personal, thickly philosophical tunes under the name Holy Sons for going on twenty-five years.