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The very first time I saw John Zorn was at a show he was doing at the Squat Theater on 23rd Street in New York City. It must have been around 1979 or ’80. My friend Anthony Coleman and I were on one of our epic wanders around town that we had been doing since we were teenagers together at the High School of Music and Art in the early 1970s. At one point we “found ourselves” on 23rd Street. Anthony would never tell me where we were going, but there was always a plan. Somehow (so it seemed) we just “ended up” at the Squat Theater that evening. But actually at the time Anthony was just starting to perform with Zorn, and I think they also had a day job together at the Soho Music Gallery record store. So in fact there was nothing random at all about us being there that night. The show was fascinating. I imagine it was Cobra, but I can’t remember. All I knew was that it seemed very underground and extremely esoteric to me in that very bare-bones setting. Maybe there were 20-30 people in the audience tops, but in any case my memory […]


SIDNEY BECHET: MY TEACHER WHO I NEVER MET

Posted on 24th April, by jana in Blog

Anyone who knows me or my music knows that I’ve been obsessed with Sidney Bechet since I was eleven years old. I consider him to be my teacher who I never met and find his music and life story endlessly fascinating. In terms of my own work, when I first started improvising I knew that if I was going to use the Bechet influence in my own music I didn’t want to simply copy, cover tunes or re-create what Sidney did so eloquently and perfectly. That just wouldn’t have made any sense. Plus I didn’t feel that this approach would have moved me in the direction of doing something new and different. I was very much aware of the experience that the wonderful jazz clarinetist Bob Wilbur had when he studied with Bechet in the 1940s. Wilbur of course came under the sway of the great master, but then needed many years to find a way to move beyond simply copying Bechet and be able to find his own voice. That seemed like an extremely difficult (and possibly painful) process for him. With that in mind (plus a strong penchant from an early age for doing things my own way), […]


David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 7th January, by karak in David, Gallery, Horizontal

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 7th January, by karak in David, Gallery, Horizontal

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 7th January, by karak in Abraham, David, Gallery

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 7th January, by karak in David, Gallery, Horizontal

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 6th December, by karak in David, Gallery, Vertical

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 6th December, by karak in David, Gallery, Vertical

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 5th December, by karak in Gallery, Vertical

David Krakauer. Photo by GMD.

Posted on 5th December, by karak in Gallery, Vertical