Not About Nothing: A Conversation with Misha Mengelberg

©Laurence Svirchev

During the June 2007 TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival, I had a fascinating conversation with the Dutch composer-pianist, Misha Mengelberg. The call and response discussion, with Mengelberg of course calling the dominant chords, ranged through his personal history, how and why he formed the ICP (Instant Composers . . . → Read More: Not About Nothing: A Conversation with Misha Mengelberg

John Carter: The Unbelievable Possibilities of Music

©Laurence Svirchev

John Carter (1929-1991) was the musician who restored the clarinet to the lexicon of contemporary American creative music. He was also the composer who went deeper than any other in tracing the origins of American jazz from its ancestral roots. Carter’s advanced musicality was known to the forward-thinking musicians . . . → Read More: John Carter: The Unbelievable Possibilities of Music

Profile of Ray Anderson

Profile of Ray Anderson

©Laurence Svirchev Some people seem to float above everyday life, as if riding a big puffy cloud. Trombonist Ray Anderson gives that impression when he hits the stage decked out with suspendered pleated pants, a multi-patterned shirt, and a hip lid. He is a tall, lean, man, obviously in charge . . . → Read More: Profile of Ray Anderson