Jeff Albert is more than a musician. Like a few others interviewed here he has contributed to the New Orleans music scene through the Tuesday Open Ears series at the Blue Nile. The series allows an open forum for a wide variety of musical performance. It is a rare night where one can witness any sort of musical exploration. Through improving the breadth of what is presented he has contributed to the formation of musical groups and associations of musicians that otherwise would not have a place to develop their playing and ideas. It also brings in adventurous groups from outside New Orleans. Jeff has developed his own expression and his self- understanding steadily over the years. He has learned a great deal from his own associations with musicians and gigs and he shares a lot about those experiences here. There is also interesting information about the trombone and electronic music.
More on Jeff and the Open Ears Music Series can be found at www.openearsmusic.org
Part 3- The Albert-Ankrum project; The Naked Orchestra; Davis Rogan and Peter and the Wolf; meeting other creative players on the new orleans music scene; the impact of playing with Michael Ray and diversity of style; the differences between the academic perspective and music in "the real world;" more on Chicago music and relationship with Jeb Bishop; the performance venue vacuum that allowed for the Open Ears series to start; whether anything has happened as a result of Open Ears- (here he really delves into the series); what is necessary to make a creative music venue successful.