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The Line-Up for 17 December 2010

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

I didn't really have anything planned for this week. I'm amazed a show came out of this at all, but I think it all came together well. Still, since I don't have a lot to say about the selections this week, I hope you won't begrudge me for not discussing all the song selections this time. Hey, you're still getting new shows on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve so a shorter blogpost of only lists shouldn't be too much of a hassle.

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Own Your Cover

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

Earlier this week, I attended a couple of shows of differing genres, both of which were sponsored in differing degrees by my radio station, KRTU San Antonio. The first was Anat Cohen and her spectacular rhythm section. The other was for KRTU's overnight indie rock-centric format. While I enjoyed both shows, I still attended both of them with the same set of ears, so while I knew to accept each genre for itself, I still found the second evening's headlining act a little lacking. Let me explain why.

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ERIMAJ hits Kickstarter

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com

Once again, we have another Kickstarter project that seems worthy of your attention. Drummer extraordinaire (and current mantle holder of the A Tribe Called Quest-esque constant “Award Tour”) is planning to record the long awaited album for his band, ERIMAJ.

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Anat Cohen Quartet, 5 December 2010

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

Originally written for and published in African-American Reflections

Much has been said as of late about the surge of Israeli jazz musicians rising to prominence. Anyone who was at the Jo Long Theater of the Carver Community Cultural Center this past December 5 would clearly understand why. Clarinetist Anat Cohen, on tour for her latest album Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard, performed a spectacular set with her quartet including Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.

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We Are All In The Music Business Now, Apparently

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris[at]nextbop[dot]com / @retronius

I’ve been writing a lot about Kickstarter projects lately. It all started in a trickle that seemed like a good idea at the time. I’d see these calls to action from time to time from folks like Neal Pollack to help with his book on his experiences in yoga, Stretch. I saw my good friends, the post-punk/soul band, Tendaberry, use it to fund the recording of their upcoming EP. So when jazz folks started to show up and use this system, which seems to have worked for projects like these, it made more than logical sense. Then they all seemed to start rolling in rather quickly, to the point where it has started to feel a little overwhelming. So now, I’m starting to wonder a couple of things about the jazz community using this rather handy tool: what does this all mean and what do we do next?