The Bear Comes Home and the Ursine Age of Jazz History

The Bear Comes Home is a novel about a talking, saxophone-playing bear. In bringing together fictional characters and real musicians, it takes place in a historical setting that is both specific and nebulous. The Bear’s musical journey speaks to the odd state of jazz in the 1980s and 90s and allows us to consider where jazz goes from here. Continue reading The Bear Comes Home and the Ursine Age of Jazz History

Nachito Herrera in Kansas City

American Orchestras, Arts Funding, and International Musical Politics after the Election

What does the 2012 election mean for arts funding and the future of symphony orchestras in this country? In the wake of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba’s first U.S. tour, I look at different approaches to supporting the arts and speculate as to how our orchestras can thrive again. Continue reading American Orchestras, Arts Funding, and International Musical Politics after the Election