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Gender Male
Location Pittsburgh, PA
Introduction UPDATED - 3/1/24. (This update is LONG overdue!) I've lived in Pittsburgh all my life. It's a good town. Come and see it. Although most of my writing here covers jazz - in particular, the more avant-garde or envelope pushing type - I've played bass in indie rock bands and like to write about that kind of music too. Currently I'm in the Harry Von Zells, Our album, Play It Backwards, came out in Spring '23. Beyond that, I won't list my whole musical past but I should mention my first band, Bone of Contention because I occasionally hear from people who are trying to find the song "Barbie Likes to Die" from our first album - which was rereleased digitally. Our whole catalog (and the HVZ album) are on Bandcamp on the Igor Records page. As a music scribe, I've contributed and edited for nearly every alt-weekly in town. Nationally I contribute to the New York City Jazz Record and spent about 20 years at JazzTimes. I am also a member of the Jazz Journalists Association.
Interests Music -- many different kinds, with an emphasis on jazz, mostly bop or post-bop and what has been considered free jazz, as well as many different version of indie rock, vaudeville, 78s, coffee, gin, cats, birds, kissing, estate sales, newspapers, biographies, feminism, music journalism.
Favorite Movies Taxi Driver, The Days of Wine and Roses, Head. I'm not much up on films. Skip ahead to the next question.
Favorite Music I'm likely to change this on a regular basis. Lately: John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, the 5th Dimension, Francoise Hardy, the Modey Lemon, John Vanderslice, Judy Henske, Andrew Hill, Fiery Furnaces, Nothing Painted Blue, Human Sexual Response, New Pornographers.(Note: I haven't updated this list in a while because they all still apply.)
Favorite Books Anything by Robert Caro. Tropic of Cancer, Dialectic of Sex, In Our Times

If you could peer far enough into the night sky, you'd see a star in any direction you looked. When would you sleep?

If I could do it, I probably would skip sleep altogether because I feel like there's too much to do. But to answer the question, between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.