ACQUIRED JAZZ TASTES
I know many aging beboppers don’t like free jazz. But I have to make an exception. The recent Hanah Jon Taylor Artet “Jazz on a Sunday” gig is that exception. An audience pushing 50 people heard Taylor play five instruments. Much of the music was, well, as accessible as free jazz ever gets and the playing of Taylor, pianist Jim Baker, bass player Alex Wing and drummer Dushun Mosley was strong. Taylor made a terrifically honest statement during the first set, pointing out that in Europe jazz is considered “classical” music and “classical music is an art form.”
While I probably won’t be sitting in clubs at midnight listening to free jazz, I’ll be back to hear Taylor at a similar more, er, civilized hour.
And speaking of civilized hours, the “Jazz on a Sunday” series from Madison Music Collective and Mad Toast Live is a gem. 3:30pm gigs on Sunday afternoons are great and they deserve bigger audiences. The Brink Lounge nightclub setting is ideal and, although the interviews from Mary Gaines and Chris Wagoner sometimes seem like an overlong interruption, they are part of what makes the event possible. The post-concerts workshops seem very helpful for some younger musicians. Continue reading