Jazz Don’t Hurt

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: The 2012 Jazz (by Women) Year in Review

I wanted to write a year-in-review piece about jazz in 2012, so I looked through the archives of my recently ended show, The Jazz Session,...

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: Dr. Flügel, or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Chuck Mangione

The first album I ever bought with my own money (earned, I think, by babysitting for one of the neighborhood kids) was a two-cassette...

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: Taking a Stand With “Conscious Jazz”

Drummer Ted Sirota and his band Rebel Souls have a new record out called Seize the Time (Naim Jazz, 2009). It’s an explicitly...

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: Joni Mitchell, Jazz Musician

I was (briefly) in college in 1992. My best friend was a very talented drummer name Mike. We played in a jazz group together called, for no...

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: The Industrial Jazz Group

Jazz don't hurt -- in fact, as Jason Crane points out in his latest column, it sometimes channels the mustachioed ghost of Frank Zappa....

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: What Is Jazz, Anyway?

What is “jazz,” exactly? I sure as hell don’t know. And neither, I would suggest, does anyone else. Sure, everybody knows...

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: The Blazing Fire of a Man’ish Boy

Do you think jazz is hard to appreciate or understand? Jason Crane is here to set the record straight, starting with an appreciation of...

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Jazz Don’t Hurt: Five Recent CDs For New Listeners

Recently, the fine folks over at NPR’s A Blog Supreme have started asking young jazz aficionados to recommend five recordings from...