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Gideon King & City Blog Are a New Take on Steely Dan

Rebecca Bohanan | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
Rebecca Bohanan

While helming the group on lead guitar, King's assembled a diverse collective of accomplished musicians from around the world who enter and exit both the studio and his songs with chill-yet-virtuosic ease.

Through the Badlands : Arthur Vint & Associates take a trip through the American West

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.16.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Arthur Vint & Associates Through the Badlands Ropeadope 286 One of the most refreshing, melodic and successfully themed albums that I have heard t...

Aaron Weinstein Makes Blue Monday Red Hot

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 03.29.2016 | New York
Nancy Cohen-koan

Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras. It was assembled from bits approximately 300 million years ago, and it began to break apart about 175 million years ago. Now a piece has landed in Manhattan.

'Sweetpea:' Billy Strayhorn, A Tribute To A Musical Icon

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I couldn't believe I was going to a music festival honoring the famous Billy Strayhorn at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago -- "Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn." It felt as if I was attending a homecoming of sorts.

Chicago and Havana: A Musical Connection At The Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I recently enjoyed a scintillating evening of international cultural exchange featuring a concert of orchestral musical magic at Chicago's famous Audi...

Ornette Coleman, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies At 85

Reuters | Bill Trot | Posted 06.11.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Ornette Coleman, a self-taught alto saxophone player who polarized the jazz world with his unconventional "free jazz" before coming to be ...

All About That Bar: Bemelmans Hosts Kate Davis

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

The celebrity boîte in the Hotel Carlyle enshrining today's only public mural art of Ludwig Bemelmans is a fitting incubator for the blossoming musical talents of multi-instrumentalist/singer Kate Davis.

Michal Menert Set to Release Space Jazz Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Musical alchemist, Michal Menert, has been reshaping the world of electronic music. No longer bound by the two genres of house and techno, this underground Renaissance is changing the way critics interpret electronic music.

Jazz Was Not Meant for the Dinner Table

T.S. Monk | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts
T.S. Monk

We've come a long way with substance, but we jazz musicians have got to get back on track. If we just add some ingredients from the rest of the entertainment world, people will view jazz as fun once again, and they will come back.

Lynda Carter Discusses the New Wonder Woman, Plays Yoshi's SF

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.09.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Rather than worrying about the star assuming the coveted role, which she played from 1975-1979 while also appearing on a series of TV variety shows, Carter expressed fears about how the character will be scripted.

From Lena to Leela

Betty Goldstein | Posted 04.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Betty Goldstein

After my evening routine of administering my husband's medications, checking his blood pressure, parking the wheelchair, setting up the walker, and ge...

Memphis Pride Reaches Beyond Beale Street Despite Grizzlies Losing Season

Rebecca Bredholt | Posted 09.21.2013 | Travel
Rebecca Bredholt

The night of May 27, 2013 , Memphis, TN saw a fantastic night of activities come together for one night of united camaraderie around the NBA semifinals and a minor league baseball game.

Keeping Our Jazz: From Fort Greene to the Musicians' Village

Rajul Punjabi | Posted 08.21.2013 | New York
Rajul Punjabi

Anyone who knows about Fort Greene knows that it has undergone miles of evolution during the past few decades. On Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt, he raps with Biggie about the 'hood as a drug sales hotspot.

D.C. Gets Jazzy

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.03.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- If you don't think jazz and Washington, D.C. go together, you need to review your D.C. history. As NPR put it: It's internationally k...

Tiny Bubbles: A Growth Industry for Jazz?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

With all of the discussions regarding the sad state of jazz careers, it would be surprising indeed to find that jazz has experienced a significant growth spurt in recent years, but it has.

Legends Of The Mississippi Delta

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

If you can't wait for the fall, take a virtual spin now of the featured tour stops.

The Lessons I've Learned From Jazz

Nat Wolff | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Nat Wolff

I have learned a lot from Jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad's quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free.

'You Don't Play Like A Girl': Queer In A Jazz World

Allison Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Miller

The jazz world is a boys' club. How would I continue to play the music I loved while being a radical lesbian feminist? How was I supposed to be one of the boys when I was realizing how powerful I felt as a woman? I began to feel oppressed while on the road playing the music I loved.

Is Not Loving Cage A Sin?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

Recently, Daniel Asia, a composer with an impeccable pedigree who heads the composition department at the University of Arizona, posted on the Huffing...

Easy Listener: Kurt Elling, Barb Jungr, Colleen McHugh CD Gotta-Haves

David Finkle | Posted 01.10.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The dapper, soul-patched, off-handed Kurt Elling has said in performance, "I was brought up on 4/4 time." That's hardly an unusual influence for a singer, but as he's put his gritty baritone to work over the last couple decades.

Jazz Meets Maqam on December 1 -- A Celebration of Arab Culture in America

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 01.28.2013 | DC
Hani Almadhoun

In a city where the term "Arab" is heavily politicized, it's refreshing to attend an event where simple things like music and traditional dances do more to bring people together than a seasoned politician can muster.

Basking in the Sounds of Tom Harrell's Latest 'Number Five'

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Make no mistake, despite some fine individual performances on the album, it is the leader Tom Harrell's vision that makes Number Five such a top-notch offering.

Jazz Giants

David Galenson | Posted 09.15.2012 | Arts
David Galenson

Charlie Parker often cites Lester Young as an influence, however there are no recordings where he sounds like a Lester Young clone. As a matter of fact, when you hear him playing with Jay McShann at 19, he already sounds like Charlie Parker.

Vibraphone Hero: Lionel Hampton (Video)

Network Awesome | Posted 09.10.2012 | Black Voices
Network Awesome

In the pop music pantheon, guitar gods are a dime a dozen, ditto great sax-men, drummers, or trumpet players, but if you're looking for someone to sit in on the vibraphone in a hypothetical all-star band, there's no other choice than Lionel Hampton.

Notes on Jazz Third Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 09.01.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

This is the third annual compilation, and with each year we gain some new members and sadly lose some old friends. The list is a celebration of those who have, for so long, graced us with their talents, their creativity and their love of the music.