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As established during NYFF last year, I can’t say enough nice things about Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan, which concerns the short life (and tragic death) of the brilliant jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan. I was already a fan of Collin’s My Name Is Albert Ayler (made nearly a decade ago), but nevertheless entered Morgan convinced the fundamentally conservative music-doc format could go nowhere new. To my surprise, Morgan has all the verve of an...
Musically speaking, stop-time is a term used to describe the moments when a rhythm is interrupted by a beat that is not played, interrupting or stopping the normal flow of time. As a technique, it's most often employed in jazz and the blues. But stop-time isn't just about music anymore. Earlier this fall, Bed-Stuy became home to a new jazz bar inside an enviable corner building with frosted grid-windows on Bedford and Halsey—Stop Time. True to...
Typically, you start at the beginning, but in the career of Howard Fishman—the songwriter, bandleader, playwright, composer, and amateur musicologist—there are so many beginnings that they begin to blur into something else entirely. Fishman has decamped to New Orleans with $300 in his pocket, a guitar, and a little suitcase. He has opened and then closed an avant-garde theater company in Poughkeepsie. He has recorded an album about hitchhiking through Romania, composed an oratorio...
For many secular Brooklynites, the closest thing to a Sunday morning religious tradition is nursing a hangover with coffee and mimosas and hash browns at a local brunch spot. And there's nothing wrong with that, but one element of old school weekend worship we wish these brunch rituals preserved more often is live music. Luckily, a few places in the borough host live shows, from bluegrass to samba to jazz and R&B, every Saturday or Sunday during brunch hours. Here, four...

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