2016 Classical Releases—The Last Word

In the course of a year, I listen to more jazz on record and hear more classical music in the concert hall. That’s a matter of circumstances; I would prefer that were reversed, but there are few opportunities for me to write about live jazz, and jazz venues are generally unwelcoming to the those without … Continue reading 2016 Classical Releases—The Last Word


Summer Birthdays

They’re a little odd. My daughter has one, and since she’s growing up in Brooklyn, is white and nominally middle-class (if only she knew!), a lot of her friends from the neighborhood and pre-k just aren’t around to come to her parties. Irritable Hedgehog record label has a summer birthday too, turning five in coincidence … Continue reading Summer Birthdays