April 2013 Archives

By Ricia Gordon

Ricia Gordon has studied jazz piano with Eugene Uman and percussion with Russell Horton, Julian Gershin and William Rodriguez. She has played in several Vermont Jazz Center student ensembles, including a four-year stint on the congas with the Latin Jazz Ensemble. She taught writing at Landmark College for nearly twenty years and has an MFA in poetry from Warren Willson College. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, and she has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

At some point during the first set of Matt Wilson's concert (He played with Fred Haas on tenor sax and Dave Clark on contrabass.), I noticed two young boys in the first row near the drummer, a place where drum students like to sit. They were wide awake and following Wilson's every move. There's a piece of the future of jazz, I thought, two kids coming up through the tradition, part of what Wilson calls the anthropology of jazz, stepping into its story. Wilson embodies that anthropology and jazz's language with great skill and a great sense of humanity. He gives it to us with joy and passion. You can hear it in his stories and see it in his playing, in his face, in the way he hoots softly after an especially beautiful passage.

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