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Sweet Soul Sugar Sista

Amalia Watty | Posted 09.04.2015 | Entertainment
Amalia Watty

Anguilla gave me life and made me who I am today. I got a full dose of gospel, soul and R&B music during my journeys to nearby islands where we would perform spiritual dance with our church group.

Sweet Soul Sugar Sista

Amalia Watty | Posted 09.04.2015 | Entertainment
Amalia Watty

Anguilla gave me life and made me who I am today. I got a full dose of gospel, soul and R&B music during my journeys to nearby islands where we would perform spiritual dance with our church group.

New Artist Reviews: Kiravell

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Traveling can evoke innovations and creations unlike any other muse. The inundation of new interactions, challenges, tastes, sights, smells and sounds awaken the spirit. Singer, songwriter, and healer, Meniyka Kiravell, has dipped the quill of her mind into the bottomless inkwell of travel.

'Rudimental in Jamaica' for We The Generation!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we've seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows.

10 Years After Katrina, A Tribute to New Orleans With Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kataalyst Alcindor

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Despite the tremendous losses suffered during those terrifying days and nights in August ten years ago, we pause to remember those who were lost... celebrate those who survived... and praise those who call New Orleans home.

New Artist Reviews: Gideon King and City Blog

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.27.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Though jazz was never dead, it has definitely been seeing a resurgence within the past few years. Not only has it been regaining popularity, but it has also evolved, keeping its same technical sensibilities but adding new elements that are keeping the genre fresh and very much alive.

"Elysium": Chatting With Al Di Meola and Reuben Hollebon

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.07.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Reuben, you've built part of your story by engineering for acts like Basement Jaxx, Courtney Barnett and even The London Symphony Orchestra. Where does performing and recording as an artist yourself fit into your bigger creative picture?

Larry Coryell and The Eleventh House, Reunited at the Blue Note 7/17/15

Roger Weisman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts
Roger Weisman

"This music still feels relevant," Larry Coryell, legendary Jazz guitarist and "Godfather of Fusion," said to the packed house at The Blue Note Friday night, "and if it feels good, then it is good."

Special Friendship With Rescue Parrot Helps Homeless Jazz Singer Find Her Wings

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.22.2015 | Good News

  Wende Harston has a reason to sing. Though the Denver jazz artist recently fell on hard times and lost her home, she's found som...

"Blue Camus" and the Path Not Taken: Ben Sidran Blends Philosophy & Jazz

Roxane Assaf | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

At the glamorous waterside student union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, 50 feet from where he first played with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs back in the '60s, Madison-based jazz artist Ben Sidran gazed out at the summer crowds exuding satisfaction and serenity. No regrets.

Shaun Martin Takes the Reins With Debut Album Seven Summers

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

At 6:43 in Snarky Puppy's video for "Lingus," the closer on 2014's We Like It Here, Shaun Martin puts his head in hands. As Cory Henry climbs closer to the finale of a stratospheric keyboard solo, Martin's mock disgust -that "this dude" gesture- embodies what we're all feeling.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

My Conversation With Robert Glasper On the Diversity of Black Music

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by two-time Grammy-winner Robert Glasper. The talented and innovative pianist has reunited with his jazz trio on the hit new album, Covered, which was recorded in front of a live audience at Capitol Studios.

10 Things I Learned about Nina Simone

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I screened What Happened, Ninan Simone? on Netflix. The title comes from a Maya Angelou quote: Miss Simone, you are idolized, even loved, by million...

You Know That Waxy Turquoise And Purple Cup That's So '90s? Meet Its Genius Designer

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News

You may not know its name, but we know you've seen the classic squiggly design that's most recognizable from paper cups. Yeah, you know what we're...

Norwegian Experimental Jazz Octet, Jaga Jazzist, Set to Play Electric Forest Festival

Kelly Frazier | Posted 06.24.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

With a steady body of work under their belt over the past couple decades, Jaga Jazzist recently released their newest album Starfire on the renowned Ninja Tune Records imprint.

Happy Birthday Erroll Garner

Ken Fallin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Ken Fallin

This is my first blog in awhile, however, I am back in the saddle, and ready to share some of my latest work with you.

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 ...

New 'Late Show' Bandleader Jon Batiste Shares the History of Jazz

Aspen Institute | Posted 06.09.2015 | Entertainment
Aspen Institute

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert recently named charismatic New Orleans jazz musician Jon Batiste as bandleader. At the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Batiste sat down with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson for a lively conversation that was part performance and part discussion.

Les Paul's Journey and the History of American Popular Music

John Covach | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
John Covach

American guitarist Les Paul would have turned 100 years old this week. Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Paul became one of the most important figures in popular music during the middle decades of the twentieth century.

Detroit's Own Blackman & Arnold Reunite For Big Show at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.27.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

We all know the big name artists who are the faces their respective genres in Detroit; whether its hip hop, techno, rock, jazz, or whatever. The co...

Robert B. Parker's "Kickback": A Conversation With Ace Atkins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Ace Atkins is well-known to thriller-lovers everywhere. He was a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist, has written standalone novels, and is known for his Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series.

B.B. King, Erin and Me...

Neil J. Kirk | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Neil J. Kirk

In '93, The Blue Note in New York City advertised "A Rare Club Date With B.B. King." I bought tickets, and some friends showed up early for the first come, first served general admission. We ended up front-row center, directly in front of his eminence.

A Backstage Memory of B.B. King, on Tour in Italy

Lea Lane | Posted 05.16.2015 | Entertainment
Lea Lane

Almost all of the audience stood and sang and cheered the entire time as if at a rock concert. And after, the musicians would retreat to eat and jam at villas into the early hours, hosted by Italians who opened their hearts as well as their homes.

All About That Jazz: International Jazz Day at New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 4

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

International Jazz Day was celebrated, appropriately enough, in the city where jazz was born on the 4th day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015.