This week in On the Record, a chat with Nate Cross, whose ecstatic-jazz and experimental-music imprint Astral Spirits is celebrating its fifth anniversary in fiery style. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.
About Steve Smith
I've been involved professionally in music and media for close to 30 years, and personally for perhaps a decade longer. Apart from a two-year sojourn in Boston, I've been based in or around New York City since June 1993. After a long string of roles and positions in mass media, I've recently taken up the role of director of publications at National Sawdust, a revolutionary young performing-arts venue and incubator in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn. You can learn more about that venture at nationalsawdust.org.
My work email address, for press releases, pitches, potential contributions, and whatnot, is email@example.com.
Prior to joining National Sawdust, I spent just over two years as an assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe, where I had the privilege of overseeing that esteemed newspaper's coverage of music and the visual arts. Before that, I served for 13 years as a music editor (first classical music, and then everything) for Time Out New York, and for seven years concurrently as a freelance classical-music reporter and reviewer for The New York Times.
While nearly all of my work is now focused on National Sawdust, I continue to contribute interviews and concert and CD reviews for RollingStone.com. My writing has appeared previously in the Washington Post, Village Voice, Billboard, Musical America, The Wire, Signal to Noise [RIP], Decibel, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Chamber Music, and Symphony magazines.
Before turning to journalism full time, I was a classical radio DJ in Houston, and then worked as a publicist at BMG Classics, the Knitting Factory, Third Floor Media (representing the Columbia Records jazz roster, the Village Vanguard, select projects on Blue Note Records, and more), and other NYC organizations. Artists with whom I worked directly include Tim Berne, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, and Ellery Eskelin.
I trained formally as a classical percussionist, and then put those skills to use with jazz and rock bands in Houston and New York. I graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, TX, in 1984, and from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, in 1988. I'm married to Dr. Lara Pellegrinelli, an accomplished journalist, critic, and academic. Our daughter, Annina, is a budding singer, dancer, painter, and social-media superstar.
If you want to send something to me via snail mail, please drop me a line via email first to determine the best destination.
Entries by Steve Smith
Watch an exclusive premiere of Ashley Bathgate’s new video for Andrew Norman’s ‘For Ashley,’ featured on the cellist’s new album, ‘ASH,’ coming Sept. 27 on New Amsterdam Records.
This week’s tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Toshio Hosokawa, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jaimie Branch, and Sarah Hennies.
This week in On the Record, the violinist Jennifer Koh turns a pair of boundary-defying recitals into a compelling new album. Plus, dozens of listings for new and upcoming releases.
Surrounded on three sides by audience members onstage, pianist Stephen Gosling gave the world premiere of a wildly imaginative extended composition by John Zorn to open the Miller Theatre’s new season.
This week’s tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Éliane Radigue, John Cage, Alan Gilbert with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, and Kaija Saariaho.
This week in On the Record: Boston pianist and new-music advocate Sarah Bob shows her range on a revealing new solo CD. Plus, dozens of listings for new and forthcoming recordings.
This week in On the Record: Julia Wolfe’s ‘Fire in my mouth’ reviewed; Chicago cellist Katinka Kleijn hits Drag City with Bill MacKay; plus dozens of listings for new and forthcoming releases.
Planners and performers who helped to create ‘The Gauntlet,’ a site-specific choral work National Sawdust presented at Rockefeller Center in August, reflect on the creative process and experience.
This week’s tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes a tribute to Hardy Fox and selections featuring Ana Sokolović, Devonté Hynes with Third Coast Percussion, and Anthony Braxton.