The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

December 10, 2019 7:00pm

Three leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2019.

This year’s panel:

Martin Johnson
Since 1984, New York City-based writer Martin Johnson has contributed articles on music to a wide variety of publications, including Vogue, Rolling Stone, New York, The New York Times, Newsday, numerous other outlets and four books. He also writes about sports, craft beer, gender and age issues. You can usually find him in the back of the jazz club, either smiling on the inside or grinning outwardly.

Shannon J. Effinger
Shannon J. Effinger has been a freelance arts journalist for over a decade. Her writing on all things jazz and music regularly appears in Downbeat, Pitchfork, NPR Music, Bandcamp, EBONY, JazzTimes and Jazziz, among others. She’s also written playbills for HarlemStage and Carnegie Hall. Recently she was interviewed for the documentary UNIVERSE, the rediscovered orchestral suite by Wayne Shorter written more than fifty years ago for Miles Davis, and left unrecorded and largely untouched until now by Davis’ protégé, trumpeter Wallace Roney. She lives and works in Harlem.

Will Layman
Will Layman is a writer, teacher and musician living in the Washington, DC area. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio and WNYC’s “Soundcheck” as a jazz critic. He plays rock, funk, and jazz in the bars and clubs in and near the nation’s capital. His fiction and humor appear in print and online.

Free with RSVP.

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Location
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US

The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable

Jazz For Curious Listeners

December 5, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Four leading music critics representing a range of perspectives and publications will converge in this annual critics’ roundtable, hosted and moderated by Nate Chinen, author, former music critic at The New York Times and current Director of Editorial Content at WBGO. The panel will discuss the music, the artists, and the moments that shaped jazz in 2018.

This year’s panel will include:

Kira Grunenberg – Downbeat / No Depression / Off  Your Radar
Kira Grunenberg is a freelance music journalist with a love for brick and mortar record shops. She’s contributed writing to the likes of DownBeat, No Depression, Off Your Radar Newsletter, and many a music start-up.

Ethan Iverson – New Yorker / Do The Math
Ethan Iverson is best known as a founding member of the Bad Plus, a group he left at the end of 2017. He has written extensively about jazz on his blog Do the Math; in the last two years Iverson has also published several pieces at the New Yorker Culture desk. In 2018 Iverson has continued long term relationships with Billy Hart, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and released a duo album with Mark Turner for the ECM label.

Matthew Kassel – New York Times Magazine / WSJ / JazzTimes 
Matthew Kassel is a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, JazzTimes, DownBeat and Slate.

John Murph – DownBeat / JazzTimes / AARP 
John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music journalist and DJ. His writing has been featured regularly in Down Beat, JazzTimes, and JazzWise magazines; The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper newspapers; and on NPR Music. He contributed the essay, “Exploring the Queer Overtones of Sun Ra’s Outer Spaceways” for the Jazz Institut, Darmstadt’s 2016 scholarly collection, Gender and Identity in Jazz; and wrote essays on jazz and the Black Lives Matter Movement and Tyshawn Sorey, respectively for the Berlin Jazz Festival’s program books in 2016 and 2017.

Tickets: $0 – $10

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Location
The National Jazz Museum
58 West 129th Street
New York NY 10027 US