Vijay Iyer Visits L.A.

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81-year-old guitar innovator Kenny Burrell weighs in on An Evening With Vijay Iyer: Trio, Quartet and Sextet featuring Steve Coleman. “I like Iyer’s music a lot. One of Duke Ellington’s definitions was ‘Jazz is freedom.’ There are no rules; there have never been any rules. Iyer likes jazz, but he also likes Michael Jackson and Radiohead. He’s doing all of them, and it’s happening because he really feels them. It’s not just a gimmick that’s indicative of his age bracket. It’s all about improvisation, and that’s the essence of jazz.”

Oct. 14, Royce Hall, cap.ucla.edu

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