The Year in Jazz: A Critics Roundtable
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:
Ethan Iverson New Yorker / Do The Math
Pianist, composer, and writer Ethan Iverson was a founding member of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with Reid Anderson and David King. The New York Times called TBP “…Better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” During his 17-year tenure TBP performed in venues as diverse as the Village Vanguard, Carnegie Hall, and Bonnaroo; collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group; and created a faithful arrangement of Igor Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction.
In 2017 Iverson premiered the score “Pepperland” for the Mark Morris Dance Group and co-curated a major centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University. In spring 2018 Iverson premiered Concerto to Scale with the American Composers Orchestra and in fall 2018 released Temporary Kings, a duo album with Mark Turner on ECM.
Iverson also has been in the critically-acclaimed Billy Hart quartet for well over a decade and occasionally performs with an elder statesman like Albert “Tootie” Heath or Ron Carter. For over 15 years Iverson’s website Do the Math has been a repository of musician-to-musician interviews and analysis, surely one reason Time Out New York selected Iverson as one of 25 essential New York jazz icons: “Perhaps NYC’s most thoughtful and passionate student of jazz tradition—the most admirable sort of artist-scholar.”
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.