On a Thursday night at the elegant Kitano Jazz club in Manhattan the saxophonist Michael Blake premiered his latest work Contrasts in Individualism, a series of compositions inspired by two of the twentieth century's most influential pre-bop tenor men, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.
The NYPD is opening a branch in Kfar Sava. In Israel. Are you kidding me? It's not enough that the NYPD's Demographics Unit was virtually thrown out of New Jersey for spying on Muslims across the state.
Often inspired by the music and events of his times, Allison's witty deconstruction of popular songs is one of his most engaging attributes and has let him cross over into a wider audience than is generally afforded most jazz artists.