Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, no stranger to the pages of the Mosaic Daily Jazz Gazette, has been named one of 24 winners the 2013 fellowships awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. For the MacArthur Foundation’s profile of Vijay Iyer, including a brief video featuring Iyer himself, go here. For brief profiles of this year’s 24 MacArthur Fellows, go here.
On October 1, Vijay Iyer is scheduled to appear in duo performance with Oliver Lake at Roulette in Brooklyn. For info on the Oliver Lake performance, go here. Iyer will also premiere a large ensemble project in Montclair, New Jersey on October 4 and 5, preceded by a public discussion in Montclair on October 2. For info on those performances and the public discussion, gohere.
Neil Spencer’s piece on Betty Mabry, Miles Davis’s muse who inspired his move into the electric sounds of “Bitches Brew” reminded me of the kind of woman Betty was. She was brash, funny, friendly and extroverted; she was also gorgeous. As a personality, she was the opposite of the cool, guarded Miles Davis. We became friends for a time after she and Miles split up. I remember that she would just light up a room when she walked in.