Sure, a calendar year is just an arbitrarily designated indicator spanning a single trip around the sun, but 2016 nonetheless felt like a series of kicks to the gut with evil intent. Even the holiday season, which should have been a time for putting political rancor to (at least temporary) rest, enjoying friends, family and food, and recalibrating for the next orbit, pulled the rug out with the mother-daughter departure of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Good riddance, 2016.
Now, if music is indeed, as the late great Albert Ayler would have it, the healing force of the universe, the sounds of 2017 carry a pretty heavy burden on their shoulders. January’s local jazz offerings provide several occasions to celebrate the congregating of like-minded artists to heal, create, and hopefully make a fresh start. Continue reading →