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New Orleans: Music In Exile

How the Crescent City kept on singing, post-Katrina<p>“This is a different city now,” says the man from <b>Basin Street Records</b>, midway through Robert …

New Orleans

How Miles Davis remade jazz over and over again

He revolutionized jazz several times and dabbled in many other musical genres. In honor of the 25th anniversary of trumpet legend Miles Davis' death, …

Miles Davis
Music Industry

At the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, Davis performed the song "'Round Midnight" as part of an all-star jam session, with the song's composer Thelonious Monk, along with Connie Kay and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet, Zoot Sims, and Gerry Mulligan. Davis's solo received an extremely positive reception from many jazz fans, and critics.

Miles Davis’s Boldest Heights

The greatness of great musicians is in more than their mere skill at performing; it’s in self-challenging creation and emotional exposure—a self-challenging that’s all the more audacious when it takes place in public, in the presence of an audience, rather than in the studio, where the failures can …

Soul Music

Butts, bellyflops and blues

Before he wrote his last chapter, Butts Giraud wanted to play the blues.<p>A professional football player, international wrestler, bellyflop champion, …

Albert Murray, Philosopher of Jazz

Someone forgot to tell Albert Murray that progress has disenchanted our world. Or rather Murray—writer, thinker, and philosopher of the blues—never …