Jazz producer Alan Ringel dishes it out about jazz at Sweet Ginger in Somerville
By Doug Holder
This is my interview with my old pal, Alan Ringel— experimental jazz producer and a founder of About Time Records. I met Al over 30 years ago at McLean Hospital--where we worked as counselors. Al talks about one of their artists Henry Threadgill–who just won the Pulitzer-Prize, the “jazz loft” scene in the 70s in NYC– the role of improvisation and composition in jazz, misconceptions about Louis Armstrong, jazz writer Stanley Crouch — the jazz clubs in Greenwich Village, and much more… We had our discussion at the Thai restaurant “Sweet Ginger” in Union Square, Somerville.