I am a jazz writer, improviser, trombonist, and scholar currently based in Wellesley, Massachusetts. To read more about me, feel free to check out this page: About Alex.
This website started in 2009 as my personal blog, Lubricity. Since then, I have written mostly about jazz and related creative improvised music here, and also posted links to the many pieces that I have written elsewhere on the internet. Even though updates are much less frequent these days, Lubricity lives on—click the Lubricity tab to read all posts, or filter them by category on the left sidebar. And for nostalgia’s sake, I’ve kept the throwback feel of the old blog with this version of the site.
Here’s what I wrote about Lubricity when I started the blog:
Lubricity is the quality of shiftiness or slipperiness, the ability to resist definition, and the capacity for reducing tension. To me, it’s a perfect descriptor for jazz as it lives in our world today.
It’s also a tribute to the bebop musicians like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk who had a fascination with obscure multisyllabic words like “Epistrophy” and “Ornithology”. Finally, it’s a tip of the hat to my instrument, the trombone, which requires a lubricious slide in order to be played effectively.
Join me in discussing the definition-resistant musical tradition we call jazz through my perspective as a young trombonist and aspiring jazz historian.
Every once in awhile, I post a question and ask readers to respond in the comments. Visit the Jazz Questions page to add your answers.
In order to help myself better understand the global scope of jazz today, I have begun to work with a mapping program called Story Maps to represent it digitally. Check out the Jazz Maps page to see what I’ve come up with so far.
If you’d like to be in touch with me, I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org — if you would like to send CDs for review or other promotional materials, please e-mail me for a physical address.
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