Friday, April 11, 2014

Anthony Braxton and the Tri-Centric Foundation

For all those fans of free jazz, avant garde, etc. WKCR and Anthony Braxton are providing coverage of the 2014 Tri-Centric festival. See for more details and schedule. As I broadened my horizons as a listener of improvisational music, I heard about Anthony Braxton. He is one of those innovators who I feel can't be categorized. It's always an experience for me to learn about people like Braxton because it's different and new. I often use youtube to discover his music, and also the music of the composers involved with the Tri-Centric festival. See previous post of a sample of Braxton's work.


Anthony Braxton 12+1tet, "9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Three music birthdays this month: Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington

There are three very special birthdays this month in the music world; Billie Holiday, April 7, 1915, Charles Mingus, April 22, 1922, and Duke Ellington, April 29, 1899.   WKCR New York City radio 89.9 F.M. celebrates these birthdays with 24 hour broadcasts.  They have been doing this for over 40 years, and I've been listening to them for over 25 years.  I highly recommend them.  See for details on the broadcasts and further information.