This happened a week ago, but I think it deserves a mention here to round it out: Ethan Iverson, pianist of the Bad Plus, added me to his blogroll, which was a a nice surprise. Mr. Iverson first linked me on his blog back in September to refer to a post I wrote on Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi. I was surprised about that, too, so I wrote a sort of glowing, thankful essay about it here. That essay was called "The System"--I was referring to the blogosphere, how you need to keep linking and posting and commenting to get some notice. I mentioned a lot of people in that essay whom I had met through my blog, making a case for online connections.
But it had a sort of meta feel to it, because in that Masabumi Kikuchi post--in which, after seeing Mr. Kikuchi play at the Village Vanguard, I praised him for his refreshingly bizarre approach to the piano--I also mentioned Mr. Iverson. He was sitting at the table next to me that night at the Vanguard.
About a month ago, I commented on Mr. Iverson's blog, asking about Mr. Kikuchi. He responded: "Matthew, I was so amused when I searched for Masabumi and found your description of me lurking behind him and taking notes." I hadn't considered his view of it before, but it really must have been quite funny to find what I wrote: "[Ethan Iverson] was there, sitting at the table behind the piano, staring with stolid curiosity, the night I first encountered Mr. Kikuchi."
I never thought Masabumi Kikuchi would bring me closer to jazz, but I never think a lot of things. I should probably be aware of that. In a week or so, the Bad Plus will be performing for about a week-long run at the Village Vanguard. I'll be there on the twenty-eighth, and I hope to introduce myself to Mr. Iverson. Maybe after that I'll start calling him Ethan in my posts(?).