Jazz is often characterized as democracy in action, an art form whose constitution guarantees everyone a say in how music is shaped on the bandstand. But far too often bandstands and other spaces of influence within jazz continue to be dominated by men. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington is working to create an entirely new paradigm to change that. As the Artistic Director and Founder of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Terri Lyne’s ongoing vision imagines “Jazz Without Patriarchy.” She leads a groundbreaking program exploring the heart of the music’s systemic issues with race and gender.
If you've been lucky enough to live a long and healthy life, chances are that you might still remember the golden age of live jazz radio broadcasting. Before satellites, smart phones or the Internet, people crowded around radios to hear legendary jazz bands preform live in celebrated venues all across the country.Regardless if you're new to Boston or already used to shoveling snow in April, Live from Scullers remains the place to be, whether you like to experience Jazz from a seat at the bar, or hear the music brought right to your radio or mobile device.
With the passing of Ntozake Shange, Jazz lost one of its most prolific interpreters, a poet, whose creative spirit lived deeply within the musical traditions she embraced throughout her life. Shange was part of a community of poets (Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Yusef Komunyaaka and Sonia Sanchez) that sang, stomped and wailed with words in ways that captured the cadence, melody, and improvisational elegance of Jazz. Among today’s interpreters, Luciana Souza stands out as the current “Poet Laureate” of Jazz.
Jason Moran loves to bend the rules. Throughout his career, Moran has displayed a deep respect for Jazz by constantly exploring ways to reinvent it. Along these lines, many of his albums narrate his complicated journey as an inter-disciplinary Black American artist. A MacArthur Fellow who’s as comfortable with Björk or Bach as he is with Thelonious Monk, Moran’s celebrated Ten (2010) and All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller (2014) albums encourage audiences to listen outside the box of Jazz.