Jazz beyond Jazz in the COVID-19 era…


Jazz beyond Jazz in the COVID-19 era…

If you are homebound with nowhere to go for live music this article has reading and viewing material to engage you. COVID-19 caused live concert cancelations. Some have rescheduled, including my Creative Music Series of local live jazz performances. We will be back. Until then may the streaming musicians online continue to delight.

(this article first appeared March 24th and updated in April with minor edits)

In this article, I offer a snapshot into two incredibly creative musicians from Boston/other Massachusetts/ other New England that some of you may know a little or a lot or nothing about, but you’ll be glad to read about and hear them and/or refresh your musical memories.

Musicians who made Jazz history from different generations and approaches such as is the language of Jazz beyond Jazz.

Tony Williams, 1945 – 1997, drummer, composer, leader; Bill Dixon, 1925 –2010, trumpet, composer, leader.

FYI: Joined Miles Davis’ Quintet at the age of 19, hardly out of H.S. in Boston!

Bill Dixon brought about an “October Revolution” (a few days) in Jazz in 1964.  You may have been alive and well, or not,  during the 60’s when Rock music declared and had a “revolution” in music, which did happen and changed popular culture. 

Not too many know of or acknowledge, especially the media, that Jazz during the same 60’s also had a “revolution” when musicians decided that Be-Bop and the older Swing didn’t offer much freedom of expression, actually begun in the late 50’s by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, others I’m sure and soon thereafter John Coltrane.

And it hasn’t stopped! This 1964 October of a few days was a reaction to being left out of clubs and even other Jazz “loft” alternative spaces because they were not inclusive enough, so he took it upon himself to curate and organize their frustration by playing their Jazz on the cutting edge independently.


Stay healthy and smart in this crises of either fear, fact or both, want you around to check out the music once again live!


Alex, The Creative Music Series, Cambridge.