July 3, 2012, 4:39pm

Last night I went to see a jazz drum duet featuring Dave King (from The Bad Plus) and  JT Bates (from Fat Kid Wednesdays) at a new place in the Twin Cities, Icehouse. Here’s a recording of their set, which was great. … [Read more...]

July 1, 2012 10:20pm

Here it is: The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman, at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Recorded by yours truly, on my Zoom3. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

July 1, 2012 6:04am

Here’s The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman before their epic show at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. It went almost an hour and a half, with two encores. I got the whole thing recorded on my handy Zoom3 and will post it here (via YouTube) very soon. I suggest you find an hour and a half to listen to the whole thing. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Abstract: The Blue Soul of Jazz

Just a day before the deadline, I’ve finished an abstract of a chapter for a collection on aesthetics and education (edited by Tyson Lewis and Megan Laverty). I share it here for those interested. “The Blue Soul of Jazz: Lessons on Waves of Anguish” “Love me companion. Do not abandon me. Follow me. Follow me, companion, on that wave of anguish.” —Pablo Neruda, translated from “Para Que Tu Me Oigas,” Veinte Poemas de Amor y Una Canción … [Read more...]

June 30, 2012 9:44pm

Francisco Mela, playing at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. (Taken with Instagram)Tonight I’ll go back and see The Bad Plus, plus Josh Redman. I plan on recording most, if not all, of their set and posting it here. Stay tuned. … [Read more...]

June 28, 2012 8:37pm

Catholic art is simple: art — beautiful art — created by a Catholic artist; nothing more, nothing less. Today I took this photo of a striking piece of Catholic art in a small bookshop in Alexandria, MN (where I also bought Leavings, a collection of poetry by the always unobjectionable Wendell Berry).Above: “How to Meditate,” by Jack Kerouac — a Catholic. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

A Beautiful Story

In my final address to Wabash College, I told a story I often tell in my classes; about an emeritus professor at Virginia Tech who gave his life for his students. A former student — and good friend — of mine, Bob Cassady, sent me a classroom story of his own today, via e-mail:“Over a beer my buddy Michael Thomas, who lived at the Catholic Worker, told me a beautiful story. He said that a seminarian of Holy Cross, who had completed a few years of a Math PhD before entering seminary, … [Read more...]

New Noisetrade Album

Things have been slow here over the past few days due to sickness. While I start my antibiotics and try to get back into my (un)usual work routine, here’s another little project for free listening and downloads. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

June 25, 2012 4:47pm

Stage shot from yesterday’s show. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

June 23, 2012 7:40pm

Titles and song order for my new, forthcoming album, “Late to Love.” (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]