(Nate Wooley. Photo: Peter Gannushkin)
Nate Wooley is one of my favorite musicians and people. Every time I’ve had the chance to hear him play it’s always been a treat. (his records are pretty amazing as well). For 8 issues now Nate has been writing about, and interviewing, an amazing array of musicians on varying topics related to music for a series called Sound American. (http://soundamerican.org). Each issue provides some great insight into some of the voices of many of the great musicians of our time. The latest issue is entitled “What is Jazz?” and features interviews with Joe Morris and Ken Vandermark, Tim Berne, Gerald Cleaver, Chris Corsano, Mary Halvorson, Jeff Parker, Matana Roberts and so many more great modern voices in this music called “Jazz”. It’s a great read and there are some really great insights into how so many musicians view not only the word Jazz, but also the music that the word is intended to describe.
I look forward to these issues and I love sharing them with others when they get posted.
I hope you enjoy and while you’re at it, check out all of the music that these musicians are making and help keep the music alive…..