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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 …

Comics

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 …

Retirement

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 …

Jazz

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 …

Retirement

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 …

Retirement

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 …

Income Inequality

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 …

Wynton Marsalis

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 …

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> …

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. …

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 …

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 …

New Music

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 …

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 …

John Coltrane

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 …

Hear Denzel Washington Speak the Stirring Words of John Coltrane in Chasing Trane Trailer

The Oscar winner brings the iconic sax player back to life in this moving documentary.<p>John Coltrane could speak volumes with a sophisticated sax riff—but it’s his words that take center stage in the first trailer for <i>Chasing Trane,</i> premiering exclusively on VanityFair.com. The documentary, written …

Twenty years of Jazzwise's Albums of the Year

<b>Every year our writers vote for the recording that they think most deserves the accolade 'Album of the Year'. And here they are in all their glory -</b> …

I quit alcohol to save my life. But I miss the person I was when I drank.

I gave up drinking when my pancreas exploded.<p>In early 2014, after celebrating a job loss with a two-week bender, I spent a sunny Sunday with a knifing pain in my gut, vomiting so hard that I ripped my gastrointestinal tract. My mom gave me a ride to the emergency room, and I spent a week in the …

Runners And Musicians Have Better-Connected Brains Than The Rest of Us

Your training's worth it.<p>Better brain connectivity could be yet another benefit of running, because researchers have found that a good run can affect …

The Brain

An ancient Buddhist strategy for overcoming paralyzing fear

The first step in taming all-consuming dread of a Trump presidency is to get calm.<p>In the days since November 9, an oppressive cloak of fear and dread has descended upon a great many Americans.<p>The causes are endless: Our government is at risk of becoming “systemically corrupt” under President-elect …

A (Spiritual) Revolution on the Way?

American democracy is in grave trouble. Not only because fascism is becoming fashionable again as it was in Europe in the 1930s, but because the very cause of Hitler's rise and success was the decline of democracy in Germany.<p>Hitler was first elected in an election with very low turnout. The …

Deep Clean Your Auto-Drip Coffee Maker In Three Easy Steps

If you want to brew the best coffee possible with your auto-drip maker, you need to give it a deep clean at least once a month. Here’s how to do it …

Coffee

Top 50 Netflix movies available now

There are some brilliant Oscar-winning, genre-changing, thought-provoking movies streaming right now on Netflix UK...<p>Struggling to find a movie on …

How New York City Became the Epicenter of Jazz

<i>(This story was adapted from the summer issue of the Manhattan</i> <i>Institute’s</i> City Journal<i>.)</i><p>Jazz has gone global. Just like your job, your mortgage and …

Soul Music

Upcoming John Coltrane Doc To Be Narrated By Denzel Washington

What a great year for documentaries on black figures of the past and present. We wrote about how iconic author <b>James Baldwin</b> is getting a documentary, …

Jazz