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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.

Ted Gioia's Bar Talk: Can a Musicologist Make Club Owners Pay More?

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

How many club owners would ask Lady Gaga or Keith Jarrett to play for free? None. Why? Because both artists can generate ticket sales and bar receipts that exceed their fees -- a mutually beneficial arrangement for both the club owner and the artist, which is how it must be.

8 Things That Are A Lot Better In Concept Than In Reality

Nancy Roman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

There are quite a few things that I like the IDEA of a lot more than the thing itself. For instance: Boats.

DJ Jazzy Jeff Only Picked His Name To Save Money

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment

How do you come up with one of the most iconic DJ names in history? Eh ... just pick whatever's cheapest. While talking with The Huffington Post, D...

New Music Review: Delilah, Sarah +1: A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan

Brandi Andres | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Brandi Andres

The problem with reviewing a set of songs recorded by an unknown vocalist, especially when the majority of songs were made popular by one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, is it's simply too easy to pick the songs apart and find fault in the smallest details.

50 Years of A Love Supreme and 50 More

Judah Joseph | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Judah Joseph

John Coltrane is worth much more than the sum of his parts. His work permeated the collective conscience of those concerned with disrupting the norm, with challenging their own mastery of their crafts.

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly's Devotional Bandleader

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

To Pimp a Butterfly paints with colors that resemble, if I may use the C word, classic hip-hop -- the album feels more like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and 2Pac, all of whom made records that duck and weave in their bounce.

Speaking With Somi: A New Appraisal

Craig Carpenter | Posted 05.10.2015 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Last year I had the pleasure and honor to become acquainted with Somi, an amazing jazz singer who was then about to release her album, The Lagos Music Salon. I found her to be thoughtful, sincere, and an awesome talent.

Daily Meditation: Legends And Dreams

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

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.

Whiplash Wins, Jazz Loses

Brian Ross | Posted 04.25.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

How does jazz survive with a shrinking fan base, and J.K. Simmons' now infamous "Rushing or Dragging" scene being the only understanding of this music that the popular culture knows?

The Sound of Whiplash (Video)

Crane.tv | Posted 04.25.2015 | Arts
Crane.tv

Despite the hype, the praise and critical acclaim, as part of the crew, you may dream of it, but you don't really think 'this one is going to win an Oscar.'