For the first time in a while, Harvard can lay claim to the top jazz name in Boston this week. It's Anthony Braxton--and he is appearing in Adams House, of all places, at 2 p.m. today. Braxton comes into town as part of the Art offices program for the arts at Harvard, and his audience is limited to some previously invited students and a few observers.
If you can't see him in Adams, go down to the Jazz Workshop at either 9, 11, or 1 at night this week and pay $4.00.
Further out of town this week is none other than the great drummer Roy Haynes, playing through this weekend with his sextet and Sandy's in Beverly. I'll never forget reading Frank Kofksy's liner notes on Coltrane's Selflessness album--that's the one with the fast version of My Favorite Things on side two. Roy Haynes was substituting for Coltrane's regular man, Elvin Jones, doing what I think was the finest drum work on any of the MFT cuts that Trane recorded. But in the liner notes, usually reserved for bubbling praise, Kofsky came down hard on Haynes and said he couldn't compare with Jones. He can--he may be better.