Author Archives: Doug Barry

Various Artists, Playing for Change (Hear)

Much of mainstream music, in contrast to the indigenous, organic sound the producers of Playing for Change seek to capture during their globe-trotting recording sessions, is produced as commodity. Though this CD’s heart is in the right place, it too falls into the trap of creating an impressive but unimaginative monolith of re-packaged music. Music [...]

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The Jazz Class Plays An Encore for New Orleans

The seven members of the first class to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz since its relocation to Loyola University’s Uptown campus in 2007 convened in the Superdome Saturday, May 9 to receive their degrees and give a farewell performance to the city. Though many of them will scatter across the country, they [...]

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School of Jazz

Hurricane Katrina’s cyclonic winds scattered New Orleans musicians all over the country, but perhaps the most unlikely of landing spots was a small YMCA in Rome, New York. There, displaced jazz masters such as Topsy Chapman and Leroy Jones teamed with the students of a burgeoning music program to create what the program’s architect, Hank [...]

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Mastodon

4-12-09, Mastodon, House of Blues: Appraising the thinning headbanger manes assembled reverently around the House of Blues’ stage in anticipation of Mastodon’s Saturday night show, the metalheads in attendance weren’t getting any younger. Or, Mastodon’s prog leanings appeal most to an earlier generation of metal fan. If the band’s name can call to mind any [...]

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