Listening Party w/ Ben Ratliff | SFJAZZ

Listening Party w/ Ben Ratliff

Listening Party
w/ Ben Ratliff

Sunday, March 19, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

The New York Times Music Critic Ben Ratliff
Every Song Ever Series: Listening Party w/ Ben Ratliff  

Listening Party w/ Ben Ratliff

Listening Party
w/ Ben Ratliff

Sunday, March 19, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Every Song Ever by Ben Ratliff
Every Song Ever Series: Listening Party w/ Ben Ratliff  

Listening Party w/ Ben Ratliff

One of the most respected music journalists working today, Ben Ratliff was the jazz and pop critic for The New York Times from 1996 to 2016. In addition to the Times, Ratliff’s work has appeared in The Village Voice, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Slate, among other publications. He is the author of four books, including The New York Times Essential Library: Jazz (2002), The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008), and Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

For this Listening Party, Ratliff takes us on a guided listening through his latest book, Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty. Through audio and video clips, he will give the audience a deeper dive into concepts and examples from the book, taking questions from the audience as well. Following the program, all ticket holders are invited to a wine and dessert reception, where Ratliff will be signing copies of the book and mingling with guests.

"A remarkable new book . . . [Ratliff] goes leaping from Beethoven to Big Black, from Morton Feldman to Curtis Mayfield, identifying continuities while delighting in contrasts " — The New Yorker
"Incisive . . . Thanks to Ratliff's vast knowledge, what could have been a dry academic exercise is more like a trip into the world's coolest record store " — Rolling Stone
"A remarkable new book . . . [Ratliff] goes leaping from Beethoven to Big Black, from Morton Feldman to Curtis Mayfield, identifying continuities while delighting in contrasts " — Alex Ross, The New Yorker
"Ben Ratliff brilliantly makes connections between the arcane and the everyday, pointing to sounds you’ve never heard-as well as finding new pleasures in music you thought you’d already used up. " — Rob Sheffield, author of Love Is a Mix Tape