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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 | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

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 04.28.2013 | Gay 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 Huff...

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.

Grammy-Winning Bassist Injured In Bus Crash

AP | Posted 01.25.2013 | Celebrity

GENEVA — Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highw...

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.

Hip-Hop Producer Nicolay Showcases Jazzy Interpretations in Detroit With The Hot At Nights

Kelly Frazier | Posted 09.01.2012 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Drawing inspiration from legendary jazz collectives like Return To Forever, hip-hop/soul music producer Nicolay set out to build a live performance with The Hot At Nights that would become a listening experience for the audience.

The Tightrope Doesn't Matter When You're Already Down: Billy Siegenfeld and Jump Rhythm Jazz

Johnny Nevin | Posted 08.27.2012 | Home
Johnny Nevin

Balance is something that Billy Siegenfeld knows inside out. In his Jump Rhythm Technique, and in the art of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, he explores where balance comes from and what it's made of, where to find it and how to use it.

Golden Age or Gilded Cage?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

The Golden Age of any style is both a blessing and a curse, but for pop music in particular, escape is very difficult.

The Muse That Roars

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Kurt Ellenberger

If music can indeed somehow lead a culture in certain directions, we should be able to find some evidence for that. Let's consider the history of American Music in the last century.