Seasonal electricity: jazz “fusion” in NYC

Fusion, fission, energy and virtuosity reign supreme over coming holiday weeks as jazzers beyond genre constraints fill New York clubs. Starting tonight (Dec. 9) double-necked guitar madman Dave Fiuczynski fires up Iridium with ripping alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and jam-band idol John Medeski on keybs; jazz sambas and tangos, ex-Milesian Mike Stern and smooth trumpeter Chris Botti, soul-drench organist Dr. Lonnie Smith and the Bad Plus follow. Details here, at my new column for City Arts-New York. And below -- Fuze, vocalist Dean … [Read more...]

Julie Coryell, jazz author, manager, muse

Women in music behind-the-scenes deserve note -- and Julie Coryell, who died May 10, was a force in as author of Jazz-Rock Fusion -- The People, The Music, published in 1978, and as the inspiration of her then-husband guitarist Larry Coryell starting in the '60s.Obituaries of Ms. Coryell call her a singer, actress and songwriter, but many jazz fans first encountered her in a framed portrait that graced the front and back covers of Lady Coryell, Larry's breakthrough recording of 1969. The couple was also depicted in Adam and Eve-like splendor … [Read more...]