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I Thought About You: A Conversation With Eliane Elias, Plus The Wilderness of Manitoba's 'Head and Heart' Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Eliane! Let's talk about your new album, I Thought About You and all things Eliane Elias. First, can you tell us about yourself and how you got into music?

A Private View Into the Life of ... Swing Out Sister?!

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts
Kristi York Wooten

Of all the musicians on social media, who'd guess that Swing Out Sister would be influential tastemakers in 2013? Judging from the Brit duo's highly engaged following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there's plenty of evidence that they are still crafting the soundtrack to our lives.

Jazz Conquers Istanbul, for a Global Event

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
Yavuz Baydar

Jazz is a unique language, its free form and openness is a statement in itself. It had from the very beginning a contagious effect in the world from 1920's on, mainly thanks to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Jazz Fest Day 2: Billy Joel Offers Honesty on Honesty, and New Orleans Legends Get Their Due

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

For years, Jazz Fest was the annual cathartic gathering as we all slowly came home from cross-country evacuation locations. So it's a welcome change, to be looked to as inspiration for city of resilience, rather than a worst-case scenario.

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.

'The First Lady Of Song' Gets Doodled

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology

There have been plenty of First Ladies, but there's only one First Lady Of Song. On Thursday, Google celebrated what would have been Ella Fitzgeral...

WATCH: What It's Like To Be A Jazz Musician In NYC

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 04.09.2013 | New York

Nearly every day for the past thirty years, Maurice McIntyre has taken the subway from his studio apartment on St. Ann's Avenue in the South Bronx to ...

Wild Man, Iconoclast, Dreamer: 60 on John Zorn at 60

Paul Schmelzer | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Paul Schmelzer

Categorizing John Zorn is next to impossible, as many of his friends know.

Terese Genecco and Her Little Big Band -- a Monthly Romp at the Iridium Jazz Club

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Terese Genecco has just celebrated her fourth year singing jazzy tunes to the beat of her "Little Big Band." Her voice, robust but not brassy, swings melodically like an old time vocalist.

Jazz Teammates Connect On Impressive Alley-Oop

Posted 04.02.2013 | Sports

By Chris Yuscavage, Complex Sports We'll admit: The first time we watched this alley-oop by Jazz forward Jeremy Evans, we weren't all that impresse...

A Sound Surreal: Why Everyone Should Hear Bilal Oliver

Jeremy Johnson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Arts
Jeremy Johnson

Bilal is not new. He's not an artist finding his voice, looking for his sound, or breaking into music with reckless abandon, begging you to like him. Bilal is a professional. He is a craftsman who knows exactly what you didn't know you needed to hear.

Ritual Action: Vijay Iyer and Prashant Bhargava Merge The Rite of Spring With the Holi Festival

William Robin | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
William Robin

I recently spoke with Iyer and Bhargava in separate phone conversations, to discover how they navigated between Stravinsky and Holi.

Best of March Music -- Rock, Country & Jazz

Dusty Wright | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Thom Yorke, Flea, long time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, session drummer Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco have conjured up some heady experimental rock and electronica juju on this album of Radiohead-like alt-dance and fragmented rock tunes.

Liza & Alan's Love Fest at Town Hall

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 05.19.2013 | Arts
Karen Fragala Smith

She has survived four marriages, two hip replacements, a visit to Betty Ford, a knee replacement, and a near-fatal bout with encephalitis. But her personal struggles have only endeared Liza Minnelli to us all the more.

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.

Breaking Through After Coming Out: A Conversation With Spencer Day

Zach Udko | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Zach Udko

I sat down with Spencer Day to discuss The Mystery of You and jazz's slow stride to acceptance of gay artists.

Marching Down the Road Unknown -- Life Lessons From Jazz

Nikolaj Fischer | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Nikolaj Fischer

Although performing arts play an important role at the World Economic Forum, it is not common to have such a famous musician as Chris Washburn on the stage who combines art with an exercise in jazz, improvisation, and life lessons.

Starlight: A Conversation With Joan Armatrading , Plus a Mika Newton Exclusive, and Bill Levenson Tevisits Duane Allman's Legacy

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Ukraine's Mika Newton, signed to American Idol judge & Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson's label earlier this year, has a new Paul Oakenfold remix for her latest single, "Come Out And Play."

'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.

Birdland Jazz Party: A Sunday in New York

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 04.28.2013 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

A true party in every sense of the world, Birdland hits one out of the park, each Sunday night at 6:00.

New Orleans Jazz Fest On The Cheap

Home Away | Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel
Home Away

New Orleans on Mardi Gras is like a kid hopped on Halloween candy. A good time is a guarantee, but is it worth it? Maybe not. Don't fret if you missed out on the Mardi Gras frenzy. Instead, plan a visit this spring for the equally exciting New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Jeremy Evans Dunks Over Painting.. Of Himself Dunking Over Painting

Posted 02.17.2013 | Sports

Jeremy Evans tried to add some high culture to his high-flying repertoire. After he vaulted over former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton earlier during...

Tap Dance Preserved

Adria Rolnik | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Tap is jazz, tap is Broadway, tap is culture blending at its best -- the history of tap is rich, the dancing electric. We should pay attention.

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...

5 New Reasons to Visit New Orleans

Lynn Parramore | Posted 03.25.2013 | Travel
Lynn Parramore

Funky and fascinating New Orleans has seen its share of hard times. After Katrina's destruction in 2005, may wondered how -- or if -- the city could ever recover. More than seven years later, the city has rebuilt many areas and billions of dollars have been pumped into public works and the levee system.