Thursday, June 17, 2010

RIP Bill Dixon

RIP Bill Dixon. I saw him and got to hang with him and wife for a day at the 2006 Guelph Festival. An angry crank on stage but a wonderfully warm guy off stage. I love his weird compositions and out-of-this-world tone. Will miss him.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Robert Holt at Jazz West

Down at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival on Sunday we made the acquaintance of Robert Holt, jazz photographer at the superb jazz photo site "Jazz West."

Here are Robert's photos from Sunday: Dafnis Prieto, Gretchen Parlato, Jason Moran. Great shots!

Friday, June 4, 2010

RJA Interview at AllAboutJazz

From our latest missive to our members:

We’re honored to join the illustrious ranks of guests on "The Jazz
Session," a weekly--sometimes twice or even thrice weekly--jazz
interview podcast produced by radio journalist and DJ Jason Crane and
hosted by, "the web’s leading source for jazz,
reviews, mp3 downloads, and more."

Jason talked to us last summer about what we do, how we do it, and how
our community makes it possible. You can find the Redwood Jazz
Alliance episode of The Jazz Session at

or download it for free on iTunes.

While you're at the Jazz Session's site, check out Jason’s archive of
past interviews, which includes lots of musicians the RJA has hosted
(Marty Ehrlich, FLY, Frank Kimbrough, Donny McCaslin, Myra Melford,
Matt Wilson) and plenty more we haven't--yet (Gary Burton, Don Byron,
Nels Cline, Jason Moran, Sonny Rollins…the list goes on and on).

Stay tuned for news of the 2010-11 season--coming shortly!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Peter Gannushkin's Jazz Photography

Over the past several months I've noticed on Facebook and elsewhere, mostly in relation to news about trumpeter Nate Wooley, that a jazz photographer by the name of Peter Gannushkin is compiling an interesting body of work.

He seems to be in the thick of several different jazz communities in NYC. And he seems to be capturing rather regularly very striking images of really interesting performers, in action, and they rather often happen to be players who have come west at one time or another to play for the Redwood Jazz Alliance.

Here are his photos at Flickr:

Here is an interview with him in which he talks about giving away his work for free:

He also maintains a web site,

Check him out.