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SAMAA Dedicated to Keeping Indian Classical Music Alive

Jim Luce | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

Preserving the classics is a noble endeavor. Jazz, for example, is an original American music art form that once dominated the airwaves, dance halls,...

Newport Jazz Festival Is On Its Way

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Roger Lewis has hauled his baritone saxophone to gigs in far-flung places, from England to Japan to New Guinea. He's played s...

Natalie Cressman Fuses Jazz, Indie, and Jam Band Music with Sophomore Release Turn the Sea

Molly Fosco | Posted 09.25.2013 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

If you haven't heard of Natalie Cressman, you definitely will soon. A Bay Area native, born to two musician parents -- Jeff and Sandy Cressman, Natalie grew up with music in her DNA.

Hearing Words In Music

Larry Strauss | Posted 07.26.2013 | TED Weekends
Larry Strauss

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI'd never imagined blues like that -- upbeat and exquisite. It seemed somehow to give a nod to all of life's sadness without giving in to any of it.

The Taste of Denmark and Sweden

Bill & Claire Wurtzel | Posted 09.24.2013 | Taste
Bill & Claire Wurtzel

Our recent trip to Denmark and Sweden was even better than anticipated.

102 Trumpeter Going Strong Thanks To Jazz

AP | STACEY PLAISANCE | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts

NEW ORLEANS -- Music, jazz music, is what keeps Lionel Ferbos going at 102. The Creole jazz singer and trumpeter celebrated his 102nd birthday July 1...

A Short Musing on Schuller's Musings

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Schuller was instrumental in developing the genre of "third stream", a co-mingling of jazz and classical. He stated "I don't care what category music belongs to; I only care whether it is good or bad."

40 Years On, Umbria Jazz Attracts, Inspires, Mesmerizes

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts
Yavuz Baydar

As an early discoverer of Umbria Jazz, where I found myself upon the insistence of my Italian friends already in 1976, it was an immense joy to witness the celebration of its 40th anniversary, ending on Sunday, July 14.

How Do You Keep Your Music?

Tom Moon | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Moon

The other day, a guitarist friend shared the philosophy that guides his music collection. He still buys CDs, but only those titles he knows he will return to often -- music he's studying, his all-time favorite albums, etc.

Jazz Fever Causes A Burning Sensation

Posted 07.10.2013 | Comedy

There's nothing quite like the music of jazz with its hot licks, cool notes, and inexplicable sores. Uh oh, that's jazz fever-- the disease you get fr...

Borders: A Texas Quartet Seeks to Erase the Line Which Divides

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Marcel Hidalgo

Liquid Casing is a quartet from the Lone Star State. But, they are not all native Texans. John Pitale is from New Jersey, Jim Stettner is from Upsta...

Interview With PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.05.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky's revised and expanded book of poems, A Superintendent's Eyes arrived in bookstores on July 3rd.

Serj Tankian on His Symphony, Jazz Fusion Record, and Moving Forward with System of a Down

Andrew Fish | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Andrew Fish

The multi-genre musician and singer will tour with System of a Down in late July and August and then take his symphony through Europe in September.

Famous Jazz Pianist Dies At 91

AP | Posted 07.02.2013 | Arts

LOS ANGELES -- Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, has ...

Pride 2013: 7 Moments In LGBT Youth Culture That Made Us Proud This Year

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Happy Pride Month! To celebrate, we're taking a look at some of the best moments in youth lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture th...

Duke Ellington... The Musical?

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — "After Midnight," a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem in the late `20s a...

Tap City - A New York Celebration of Tap Dance This July

Adria Rolnik | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Adria Rolnik

Tap, that most American of dance forms, will be celebrated in New York City this summer at Tap City, July 6-13, with awards, showcases, presentations and 300 tapping feet in a blow out extravaganza right in the middle of Times Square!

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.

Cuban Cool

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.13.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

After years of U.S. Treasury Department travel restrictions, Cuba has taken on an air of mystery. Our 45-minute charter-flight from Miami and the bus ride into Havana make us feel like astronauts of a sort, touching down for nine days in a parallel world.

Camille Zamora: My Third Metric: Just Breathe

Camille Zamora | Posted 08.07.2013 | Women
Camille Zamora

You may feel right now that "success" is defined by how many accolades you receive. But I'm going to tell you that it's not about the accolades at all, but about authenticity

Spotlight on the Red Room Revue

Tina Turnbow | Posted 08.06.2013 | New York
Tina Turnbow

Last Friday night I stopped by Grape & Vine the restaurant/lounge in The Jade Hotel. The joint was jumpin' and packed. Why? The incredibly talented and dapper jazz musician Brian Newman was kicking off The Red Room Revue.

LOOK: 18 Kids Who Kick Way More Ass Than We Ever Did When We Were Their Ages

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.06.2013 | Gay Voices

The school year is coming to an end, so what better time to take a look at some of the amazing kids who have stood up and spoken out for lesbian, gay,...

Without Mavericks Like Nat Hentoff, Age 88, Freedom Would Be a Word Without Content

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

"If James Madison or Thomas Jefferson were brought back to life, they would not recognize this country. We have been through some troubling times befo...

Road Trip Through History

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 08.05.2013 | Travel
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sites from the "Cradle of American Culture" to the Badlands out West.

Georgia Jazz Musician Dies In Car Crash

AP | RUSS BYNUM | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Musician Ben Tucker performed with stars from Quincy Jones to Peggy Lee before he settled in the 1970s in Savannah, where the ja...