Ryan Truesdell: Behind the Gil Evans Centennial Project
Ryan Truesdell enjoyed a burst of celebrity this month, when the Jazz Jorunalists Association named his Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans as its 2013 Record of the Year, and named his Gil Evans Project its Best Large Ensemble of the Year. Who is Ryan Truesdell, and where is he coming from? Thoughtful answers to those questions, and a wealth of insight into Gil Evans and this project, in Edward Blanco’s interview with Truesdell in All About Jazz.
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Maria Schneider Records Her New Orchestral Songs with Dawn Upshaw
Composer and leader Maria Schneider covers new creative terrain in her latest project, a set of orchestral songs she wrote and recorded with the great singer and new music proponent Dawn Upshaw. Schneider and Upshaw talk about their collaboration, and the new ground they each explored, in this interview with Leonard Lopate.
(Photo, L-R: Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider. Credit: Jimmy and Dena Katz)Read More
The Women Who Lead the Bands
An NPR survey of great women bandleaders in the jazz world, with a wide-ranging sampling of recorded accomplishments by female leaders and key players. From Lil Armstrong through Mary Lou Williams (in photo), Carla Bley, Maria Schneider and Terri Lyne Carrington, NPR’s compilation is impressive and welcome. Take notice and, of course, listen.Read More
em” I listened to a young girl play Mozart who had won a competition. She was perfection! It was horrifying for me to watch.”/em
A week-long stint at the Jazz Standard was the impetus for this interview of Maria Schneider by Patrick Cole for Bloomberg News. It’s fascinating to read how hearing an amazing young pianist made her realize her limitations as pianist and helped shift her direction and dedication to arranging and composing.
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