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2001 Stories by John Anderson

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  • Catch It Live!

    published December 27, 2001

    They've got the look, they're gettin' the buzz, and their sound is straight out of a New York garage via Memphis. This is the kind of lo-fi,... More >>

  • Sound Garden

    published December 13, 2001

    Aslender bamboo leaf floats from above and alights on the surface of a shallow pond. Under the water a school of dime-size minnows darts among the... More >>

  • Quality Control

    published November 29, 2001

    Partially hidden behind palm fronds and gurgling fountains, the Green Room is working its way through a nine-song set on the patio of Piccadilly... More >>

  • Talking Drum

    published November 15, 2001

    In a small storefront chapel in a typical neighborhood of San Francisco, between a corner market and an African fabric store, sits the Church of... More >>

  • Real Ring-Ding

    published October 25, 2001

    On October 15, 2001, Derrick Morgan was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for his enormous contribution to the... More >>

  • Studio Resuscitation

    published October 18, 2001

    Matthew Sabatella is back to music-making after his self-imposed three-years-plus immersion in cyberspace. Putting his own music career in... More >>

  • Ode to Jaco

    published October 4, 2001

    In a flowing white tunic, the band leader takes up his mallets nimbly like a new appendage. With a subtle four count, his hands maneuver in quick... More >>

  • From Hialeah to Heartache

    published September 20, 2001

    To see it from Birdman's eye view, the sparse crowd for his Friday-night set recently at Churchill's might signal a lack of appreciation for the... More >>

  • Right On!

    published September 13, 2001

    Squirming in lawn chairs beneath the afternoon sun and listening patiently to loudspeakers blaring Gloria Estefan's greatest hits, jazz fans at... More >>

  • No Dogs Allowed

    published July 12, 2001

    Against the shadow of a day's stubble, a half-inch of gravity-defying ash hangs from a wrinkled Marlboro at the corner of the DJ's mouth. A look... More >>

  • Electro-Brazil

    published June 7, 2001

    Imagine singing in front of a packed house, lights shining brightly from above, jazz legend Stan Getz behind you, blowing breathy tones on his... More >>

  • Glass and the Griot

    published May 10, 2001

    Somewhere in the world tonight, the music of Philip Glass will be playing. Maybe it's The Light, performed by the Budapest Festival... More >>

  • Sidebar

    published May 10, 2001

    THURSDAY, MAY 10 Dave Valentin, Sammy Figueroa, Don Wilner, Barry Reis, and Mike Orta at the Van Dyke Café. "Cuban Jam... More >>

  • Experimental Orgy

    published April 12, 2001

    You expect a smoky room for this music. Not the cigarette swirls that surround a sultry jazz singer. Not a dry-ice machine rolling out fog to... More >>

  • Party in the Void

    published March 22, 2001

    Curd Duca looks out from behind his laptop at the crowd assembled in this warehouse loft-cum-living room/lounge somewhere in the shadows along the... More >>

  • Teacher's Blues

    published March 1, 2001

    Let's get this straight. Rock and roll is dead. Killed off sometime in the mid-Fifties when Elvis first copped that hip swivel and lip thing from... More >>

  • Dianne Reeves

    published March 1, 2001

    To make a tribute album to Sarah Vaughan is like paying court to the queen. Vaughan was beyond standard-bearer. With a voice that resonated with... More >>

  • No Miami NO Cry

    published February 15, 2001

    If Bob Marley had not left us for Zion on that May day back in 1981, he would have turned 56 years old this month. And as with Elvis, Jim... More >>

  • Buried Treasure

    published January 4, 2001

    So let's say the missing piece to your perfect record collection is the essential Ska Boo-Da-Ba by the Skatalites, an original Top Deck... More >>

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