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Friendly-Aggressive Technique in Street Photography and Life

I’m often criticized for being to aggressive in real life; but for myself, I see myself as “friendly-aggressive”.<p>This is my life philosophy:<p>When in …

Street Photography

The Career Of Billy Higgins

Jazz Unlimited for May 13, 2018 will be “The Career of Billy Higgins.” A drummer who played for musicians with widely divergent styles, an always …

How Much Money Do I Need to Retire? What’s My Magic Number?

When you ask yourself, “How much money do I need to retire,” wouldn’t it be great to know <i>exactly</i> how much money you need to be comfortable for the …

Windows 10 April 2018 update: everything you need to know

The next version of Windows 10 is finally ready to download as a free update that adds some potentially game-changing new features as well as some welcome features that bring it up to par with what you might expect from a smartphone.<p>Instead of adding tools for people creating media, as the previous …

Software

You Finally Reached Retirement Age, But Now What?

Reaching retirement age is supposed to be a good thing, right? After all, turning 59 ½ gives you access to your 401(k), age 62 allows you to start collecting Social Security, and 65 entitles you to Medicare coverage.<p>These are all things we are taught to look forward to. Benefits we have worked our …

Retirement

How to live it up without going broke before you die

I know how to save. It’s in my DNA.<p>Spending, now that’s a challenge. My dog chewed away part of the cushion on the inside of one of my shoes. You can clearly see his bite mark. But will I replace it? Not a chance. That, to me, is unnecessary spending.<p>You’ve no doubt heard many times that we have a …

Retirement

Chick Corea remains perpetually active: "I don't know what 'retire' means."

Over the course of his storied career, Chick Corea has recorded nearly a hundred albums as a band leader and many others as a co-leader and …

Alcatel launches 7 wallet-friendly phones at MWC 2018

On Saturday at Mobile World Congress in Spain, Alcatel announced a new portfolio of phones.<p>If you haven't been keeping track, Alcatel makes some wonderful Android phones that are easy on the wallet. The company's early phones like the Idol 3, Idol 4 and 4S packed a ton of functionality at a …

Who Killed Jaco Pastorius?

By Pat Jordan<i>GQ,</i> April 1988<p>He was just another bum bleeding to death in an alleyway at four o’clock in the morning. He lay motionless on the …

How the Quietly Radical ‘Black Panther’ Took Over Hollywood

Marvel’s most prominent black superhero hasn’t always been one of its superstars. But the Afrofuturist, anti-imperialist worldview the series espouses makes it perfect for the moment.<p>If you’ve been to a movie theater at any point in the past 20 years, there is a steep statistical probability that …

Black Panther

How much do you really need for retirement? We did the math

If personal finance questions were like pop songs, then <i>How much do I need for retirement?</i> would be at the top of the hit parade every single</b> …

The Night Latin Jazz Was Born

The perplexed looks on concertgoers’ faces said it all at New York’s Carnegie Hall on the evening of Sept. 29, 1947. When music critic and patron …

Soul Music

Stanford analyzed 292 retirement strategies, says this one is best

When you're ready to retire, how can you be sure you'll have enough money to last? And what's the best way to withdraw your savings over the …

The Retirement Savings Mistake That 68% of Baby Boomers Regret

Don't make the same mistake that most baby boomers did.<p>As the baby boomers retire in large numbers, they're finally getting the chance to see how …

If you’re retiring in 2018, you should read this. And even if you’re not.

My husband and I have been doing some intense retirement planning over the past two years.<p>But here’s the thing. We are still six to seven years from when we hope to move into another season of our life. Of course we’ve been saving, but working out the nitty-gritty of this stage should happen long …

Robert Reich: Hello Trump Tax Cuts, Goodbye Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. . . .

<i>This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.</i><p>The goal of Trump and the Republican leaders is to pull off a giant redistribution of over $1 trillion …

How Money Became the Measure of Everything

Two centuries ago, America pioneered a way of thinking that puts human well-being in economic terms.<p>Money and markets have been around for thousands of years. Yet as central as currency has been to so many civilizations, people in societies as different as ancient Greece, imperial China, medieval …

Thelonious Monk's Quiet, Slow Conquest of the World

For decades a respected but somewhat eccentric figure even within the jazz scene, the pianist and composer is at the peak of his influence as he reaches his centennial this month.<p>The peak of Thelonious Monk’s fame came in 1964, in his 47th year, when his painted portrait—dourly glowering or shyly …

Piano

Which Sounds Better, Analog or Digital Music?

Record players have made a comeback over the past decade. Some of the credit probably goes to the hipster trend toward retro everything, but music …

Music Production

Elvin Jones

<b>by Harold Howland</b><p><i>When one thinks of jazz, inevitably the name John Coltrane comes to mind. As a member of the John Coltrane Quartet, drummer Elvin</i> …

Drums

Age is no issue for these iconic jazz drummers

One of the darkest and funniest running jokes in the classic mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” involves the short life expectancy of drummers, a gag …

How a recording studio mishap shaped ’80s music

An unapologetic ode to gated reverb drums.<p>There are a handful of clearly recognizable sounds in music that are always pinned to a genre and decade. The surf guitar pioneered by Dick Dale, the wall of sound of Phil Spector, the bass slap of Larry Graham, the boom bap of the golden age of hip hop. …

Music

An in-depth interview with British music phenom Jacob Collier

Want some insight into how Jacob Collier became the prodigious musical phenom capable of the feat below?Dive right in to this in-depth interview …

Flute

Miles Davis Dishes Dirt on His Fellow Jazz Musicians: “The Trombone Player Should be Shot”; That Ornette is “F-ing Up the Trumpet”

<i>Creative Commons photo by Tom Palumbo</i><p>The wandering bards of old disappeared when the printing press came to town. So too have the great bandleaders …

Soul Music

NPR Music's Songs Of The Summer 2017

What makes a song <i>the</i> song of the summer? You could base that judgment solely on chart performance and bestow the crown to the track that hangs on to No. 1 through the warmer months. Or maybe you follow a kind of source-cue methodology, granting the coveted distinction to that one song that's always …

The Greatest Jazz Albums You’ve Never Heard

We’ve handpicked 13 classic jazz albums that we think you’ve never heard, but certainly should have. Each one is here on merit, giving you a chance …

Universal Music

The agony and ecstasy of Alice Coltrane

Ten years ago, American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, and spiritual teacher Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda passed from this world to the next. In life, Alice Coltrane was a visionary with an extraordinary story, but until recently her legacy has been at least partially …

The Intimacy Behind Jazz’s Seminal Image

It’s quite easy to tell the story of how certain photographs were taken, to link what’s going on within the frame to the situation or circumstances around it. In the case of Robert Capa’s gray, sea-drenched images of soldiers struggling to shore on D-Day, we know the precise historical moment they …