The Book

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Welcome to information about Being Here, a compilation of interviews with extraordinary New York City improvisational musicians on the values and practices that inform their music making.  I ask them about composing, improvising and bandleading, andabout the relationship between art and the audience.  The book is a resource on the creative process, and tells a story of jazz at this time and place.

Featured artists: Andy Bey, Ben Monder, Billy Hart, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Butch Morris, Chris Potter, Dafnis Prieto, David Binney, Dave Douglas, Gregoire Maret, Henry Threadgill, Jane Ira Bloom, Jason Moran, Kenny Wollesen, Maria Schneider, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper, Steve Coleman, Thomas Morgan, Vijay Iyer, William Parker.