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Jazz Was Not Meant for the Dinner Table

T.S. Monk | Posted 02.25.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.23.2015 | 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.'

12 Baby Names Inspired By History-Making Black Female Singers

nameberry | Linda Rosenkrantz | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents

In honor of Black History Month, we salute some fabulous singers who contributed to the birth of the blues and the beginnings of jazz. Most are not as...

And She's Buying a Lawsuit to Heaven

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

The surviving family members of Randy California, the late guitarist of the band "Spirit," are suing Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement claiming that "Stairway to Heaven" is based on Spirit's song "Taurus."

CD Review: "Sir Cadian Rhythm"

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
Christopher Zoukis

In March 2014, five musicians got together on Long Island, New York and decided to form a band. Christening the band "Sir Cadian Rhythm," a play on the circadian rhythms of the human body, the name presages the band's goal of instilling musical rhythm into the hearts and souls of their listeners.

The Gentle Genius Behind the Greatest Jazz Label: Alfred Lion and Blue Note

Ted Fox | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment
Ted Fox

Monday was the anniversary of Alfred Lion's death in 1987. The founder of Blue Note - the greatest jazz label of all time - Lion produced some nine hundred records, including Thelonious Monk's first recordings.

Five on the Floor: Simplicity, Drums & Whiplash

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

There's groove, and drums that range from Bozzio big to DeJohnette diminutive, but let's check out some simple playing. Here are five of my favorite drum fills, elements which fit outside of the song's beat and are not orchestrated with other instruments.

Brooklyn Band Forges Prog-Jazz, Goes Big and Brash on Debut Album

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

If I ask you to picture a big band, chances are you close your eyes and see Bono or Chris Martin or Donald Fagen (just me?). Give that first word a little more, though, lean on that "big" and you get a whole different thing.

New Artist Reviews: Klassik

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The art of hip hop has always been a powerful way to convey the duality of human existence. From gangster rap to rhythmic flow-etry and everything in between, hip hop is meant to carry a strong message, whatever that message may be. Emerging from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes a fresh breath of hip hop in R&B soulster, Klassik.

Talking 'Bout the Skins: An Interview With Legendary Drummer Billy Kilson

Phil Simon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

I can think of no drummer that engages his audience better than Billy Kilson. Sure, the guy's got massive chops, but the man works the crowd like a skilled frontman.

What 'Whiplash' Can Teach Us About Pushing A 'Great' Too Far

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 01.14.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Their amazing skill and passion for music, as well as pushing the limits of their own personal capabilities for the sake of the art, rocketed them to the top of the music world. But what created them? What drove them to be better than anyone else and exceed that even?

Jazzing Things Up with 'Broadway at Birdland'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Look closely and you'll find proponents who keep tradition alive for the faithful, and with the foresight of knowing that what's old will someday be new once again. Gianni Valenti and Jim Caruso are living this daily at cabaret club, Birdland.

In Conversation With Jazz Drummer and Composer Antonio Sánchez

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Teresa Letorney

Mexican drummer and composer and four time Grammy Award winner, Antonio Sánchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.

14 for '14: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

It's like eating at a place where you think the menu is pretty understandable, but every dish hits you with some crazy ingredient that actually turns out to be a relative of arugula or a specific varietal of bourbon infusion.

A Holiday List of the Best Art Around Town

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

So my friends, this is the time of year when our guestrooms and couches get crowded with kids, friends, in-laws, you name it... And we are expected to feed and entertain them.

Kate Davis: All About That Bass but So Much More

Roxane Assaf | Posted 02.14.2015 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf

Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project Postmodern Jukebox turning Meghan Trainor's megahit into a genre-bending stride-and-swing.

Why Lady Gaga Really Matters -- Even on Howard Stern

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Every time I try to wean myself off Howard Stern, he pulls me back in, as Michael Corleone would say. Stern, capable of the funniest and/or most vile radio content to be heard, often turns so candid an interview that it puts Barbara Walters to shame.

Whiplash -- "Svengali Porn" -- An Essay

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

I remain, a week following the experience of Whiplash (the picture can't just be watched), flummoxed. Awash in critical praise, Whiplash has definitely hit a chord with many people, but I ask what the director, Damien Chazelle, was actually going for in his "masterwork."

Matisse's Cut-Outs at MoMA

Francis Levy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Was Matisse a designer manqué? His parents's involvement with textiles and fabric design has always been considered an influence on his work. Imagine him as a student at F.I.T. with fine arts as his avocation.

Pour Yourself A Glass Of Whiskey And Listen To This

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Introducing Marian Hill: the answer to your musical cravings to bite into some blues, jazz, heavy bass and some of the most delicate vocals you have e...

Legendary Jazz Pianist Bob James Returns to His Alma Mater University of Michigan This Saturday for a Special Performance

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.12.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Bob James is one of jazz's most renown pianists and composers. With music as a part of his life at an early age, he has nothing short of a love affair with his music and his preferred instrument, the acoustic piano.

Laurie Krauz's "Jazz Soup" -- Presents a Tribute to Bebop Icon -- Sheila Jordan

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

One aspect that distinguishes many jazz singers from other vocalists is the tight collaboration between the singer and their instrumentalist colleagues.

UPAJ: Improvise Blazes at San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.07.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

At the heart of UPAJ: Improvise - a documentary about the unlikely liaison between an elder statesman of Indian classical dance and a rebellious young African American tap dancer.

The Cavs Had No Answer For Gordon Hayward

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Sports

LeBron James and the Cavs were helpless in Gordon Hayward's world. With stellar defense and a smooth jumper as time expired, the Utah Jazz forward hel...