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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Tonight: going out to see Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke live in NYC. (!!!) Saturday: probably catching another live set at my favorite jazz club, Small's, led by drummer Gerry Gibbs with a...

    Tonight: going out to see Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke live in NYC. (!!!)
    Saturday: probably catching another live set at my favorite jazz club, Small's, led by drummer Gerry Gibbs with a powerhouse quintet including Ravi Coltrane on saxophone.
    Sunday: second visit to a wedding venue in Queens to put down a deposit.

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  2. Comment on Preserving The House Of A Pioneering Musician — Who We Will Never Hear in ~music

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    I must have driven by that house dozens of times when I lived in New Orleans and I had no idea of what it was. Same could be said for many of the other historic sites mentioned in the article. For...

    I must have driven by that house dozens of times when I lived in New Orleans and I had no idea of what it was. Same could be said for many of the other historic sites mentioned in the article.

    For anyone interested in the earliest jazz history, Don Marquis's book about Buddy Bolden can't be beat. It compiles literally everything we know about his life. A good companion piece is "Louis Armstrong's New Orleans," another book that takes a look at Bolden and his successors, all important influences on Armstrong (and therefore all of jazz.)

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  3. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    Yesterday I pulled out a couple of big band jazz CDs from my stash of free promos I get from work. Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band - My Personal Songbook - Legendary bassist Ron Carter performing...

    Yesterday I pulled out a couple of big band jazz CDs from my stash of free promos I get from work.

    Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band - My Personal Songbook - Legendary bassist Ron Carter performing with one of the best European big bands in 2015, playing arrangements of his own compositions. After listening to this I'm in disbelief that it didn't make ANY of the year end lists of best jazz from that year.

    Terraza Big Band - One Day Wonder - A 2019 release from a group of top players here in NYC with a monthly gig in Queens, performing mostly original music by the co-leaders Edward Perez and Michael Thomas.

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  4. Comment on Democracy Is Being Able to Say the Mayor You Voted for Is a Buffoon in ~news

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    A humorous but accurate piece about how many New Yorkers view the presidential candidacy of New York's mayor.

    A humorous but accurate piece about how many New Yorkers view the presidential candidacy of New York's mayor.

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  5. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    It's a cover of the title track from Dorothy Ashby's album with a very different rhythm section accompaniment. Same melody though.

    It's a cover of the title track from Dorothy Ashby's album with a very different rhythm section accompaniment. Same melody though.

  6. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    I am starting to dig my way through the 24 jazz and blues records I bought at the WFMU Record Fair last weekend. Photos and descriptions are here, if anybody is interested.

    I am starting to dig my way through the 24 jazz and blues records I bought at the WFMU Record Fair last weekend. Photos and descriptions are here, if anybody is interested.

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  7. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    If you're into Dorothy Ashby you might also enjoy Brandee Younger, an up and coming jazz harpist in New York. Some of her stuff is jazz in the style of Ashby or Alice Coltrane, and some is more...

    If you're into Dorothy Ashby you might also enjoy Brandee Younger, an up and coming jazz harpist in New York. Some of her stuff is jazz in the style of Ashby or Alice Coltrane, and some is more funk and hip-hop influenced.

  8. Comment on Marcin Wasilewski Trio - Actual Proof in ~music

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    Polish jazz trio delivers a smokin' hot live version of a classic Herbie Hancock jam. Piano: Marcin Wasilewski Bass: Slawomir Kurkiewicz Drums: Michal Miskiewicz

    Polish jazz trio delivers a smokin' hot live version of a classic Herbie Hancock jam.

    Piano: Marcin Wasilewski
    Bass: Slawomir Kurkiewicz
    Drums: Michal Miskiewicz

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  9. Comment on Does your city have civil defense/fire/air raid sirens or similar systems? in ~talk

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    There is nothing like this in New York City that I am aware of, but I know the suburbs to the north of the city (Rockland, Westchester, Duchess, Orange and Putnam Counties) have warning sirens for...

    There is nothing like this in New York City that I am aware of, but I know the suburbs to the north of the city (Rockland, Westchester, Duchess, Orange and Putnam Counties) have warning sirens for the nearby Indian Point nuclear power plant. They're tested once or twice a year. The nuclear reactors are supposed to be shutting down by the end of next year so the sirens may be retired after that.

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  10. Comment on Music Streaming Services Are Gaslighting Us in ~music

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    For some reason the reply button isn't working for the comment by /u/somewaffles, but I wanted to quickly respond to the first sentence of that comment: This is definitely not the case for me. I...

    For some reason the reply button isn't working for the comment by /u/somewaffles, but I wanted to quickly respond to the first sentence of that comment:

    I pay $10 a month and can listen to almost anything I could ever possibly imagine.

    This is definitely not the case for me. I tried to compile a Spotify playlist of my favorite jazz a while back and a good 30% or more wasn't available. It's not nearly as bad as Netflix is with movie availability, but still, their library has a lot of holes for the stuff I'm into.

    My experience mirrors the author in finding Bandcamp a better platform for finding new music than other streaming services (Youtube is the main one I use just because there's more jazz and rare groove soul). Although I'll say that the best recommendation engine by far is a handful of music writers who I follow on Twitter who really know their shit: Ted Gioia, Will Hermes, Bird Is The Worm (who does a monthly Best Jazz On Bandcamp roundup), Brad Farberman, Jesse Jarnow and others.

    Also, for everyone calling out the use of gaslighting in the title - I didn't write the headline and I agree that it's an overly strong term for this article, but I usually prefer not to alter the headline when I post these things.

    Good discussion everybody, thanks much for the comments.

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  11. Comment on Uber and Lyft stop accepting new drivers in New York City in ~news

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    This article is a good companion piece for this post about subsidizing ride sharing in the suburbs. Here in NYC our streets are choked with traffic, and it has gotten noticeably worse over the...

    This article is a good companion piece for this post about subsidizing ride sharing in the suburbs. Here in NYC our streets are choked with traffic, and it has gotten noticeably worse over the last few years as more Uber/Lyft drivers have flooded the streets. (Of course the lack of investment in expanding the public transportation network is not helping, nor is the degradation of the existing systems.)

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  12. Comment on Music Streaming Services Are Gaslighting Us in ~music

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    Interesting piece about the state of music discovery in 2019. Not true for everyone I'm sure, but as a frequent buyer of records and CDs it resonated with me. This paragraph especially jumped out...

    Interesting piece about the state of music discovery in 2019. Not true for everyone I'm sure, but as a frequent buyer of records and CDs it resonated with me. This paragraph especially jumped out at me:

    The bulk of the music I was bugging out over was not on Spotify — something I don’t think was a coincidence. So I paid up and bought some of the releases. That’s when an old, familiar truth circled back on me: paying for music made me listen to it more. As I’d had to part with my hard-earned to get it, I was playing it over and over.

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  13. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    Yesterday: Avengers Endgame (which was awesome.) Today: helped Harry Shearer do his weekly NPR show from WNYC (he's in town for a film festival). Next up: hauling ass to Brooklyn for the last...

    Yesterday: Avengers Endgame (which was awesome.)

    Today: helped Harry Shearer do his weekly NPR show from WNYC (he's in town for a film festival). Next up: hauling ass to Brooklyn for the last couple of hours of the WFMU Record Fair.

    As weekends go, this one isn't too bad!

    2 votes