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The Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter Manifesto

Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter are two rare geniuses, whose careers last for more than 60 years now, and whose impact on contemporary music is …

The 100 Greatest Jazz Album Covers

Posed with the question, “Who invented jazz album cover design?” Most people will instantly say, Blue Note Records, and Reid Miles in particular. But …

A Documentary About the Life and Tragic Death of the Great Jazz Trumpeter Lee Morgan

Some of the best offerings in this year’s New York Film Festival are documentaries. The festival opened last night with Ava DuVernay’s powerfully and passionately insightful documentary “13th,” a brilliant analysis of the historical roots of the politics behind today’s scourge of mass …

Trumpeter

Inside Stevie Wonder’s Epic Magnum Opus ‘Songs in the Key of Life’

“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision,” Stevie Wonder once said, a warning to any who doubted the potency of his …

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Forgotten Mother of Rock-and-Roll

Chuck Berry borrowed her guitar stylings. Little Richard said she was responsible for his career. Elvis was influenced by her. Who was the real …

Appreciation: Bobby Hutcherson connected some of the highest points in jazz

After spending decades as a marginalized genre, jazz has something of an internal obsession with providing entry points. If the right album gets into the right hands at the right time, the thinking goes for listeners of jazz and all music worth exploring, another fan is born.<p>It's an irresistible …

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Ramblin’ On: The Birth, Life And Rebirth Of Southern Rock

If you find the birth certificate for rock’n’roll, you won’t see Dartford written on it. Nor Liverpool. Not even Pennsylvania, where the pioneering …

‘We Like It Like That’ Tells the Story of Latin Boogaloo (Fusion of Afro-Cuban music with R&B, Jazz, Funk and Rock)

'We Like It Like That' Tells the Story of Latin Boogaloo (Fusion of Afro-Cuban music with R&B, Jazz, Funk and Rock)<p>Saboteur Media in association with …

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AUG 18<p>Gregory Porter sings Nat "King" Cole w/ Magik*Magik Orchestra<p>For this exclusive performance at Davies Symphony Hall, two-time GRAMMY-winner …

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LEGENDARY ORGANIST DR. LONNIE SMITH RETURNS TO BLUE NOTE FOR FIRST ALBUM SINCE 1970 | News

November 12 2015<p><b>Dr. Lonnie Smith</b> is set to release his first Blue Note album in 45 years with the January 29 release of <b>Evolution</b>. The album marks the …

John Coltrane and A Love Supreme, Fifty Years Later

What the jazz giant left behind.<p>John Coltrane released his most-celebrated work <i>A Love Supreme</i> in 1965. It became one of the best-selling jazz recordings in history, and in 2003, <i>Rolling Stone</i> ranked it 47th in its list of Top 500 albums. Coltrane attracted not only fans and admirers—Patti Smith, Tom …

Jill Scott's Powerful Rendition Of Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit' Is A Must Watch

Jill Scott channels Lady Day in this chilling performance.<p>On November 20, A&E aired the Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The benefit concert highlighted issues of racial inequality and raised money for civil rights activism.<p>Some of the biggest stars in music participated …

When Miles Davis named his album Bitches Brew

"Please advise."<p>A letter sent to Columbia Records art director John Berg and others by Teo Macero, producer of Miles's revolutionary 1970 jazz fusion …

How Hugh Hefner’s love of jazz shaped Playboy’s complicated, iconic legacy

When most people think of the Playboy brand, they generally think of sex. This isn’t surprising given that the Playboy magazine, clubs, and ethos are all indelibly linked to images of semi-nude or nude young women—and of course, to the famously un-monogamous lifestyle of Hugh Hefner. Even the word …

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Apple, Spotify Streaming War Heats Up

Upon launching in late June, Apple Music was supposed to take over the streaming-music business and save musicians everywhere. Thanks to a …

American Jazz Album Covers in the 1950s and 1960s

<i>The beginning</i><p>During the 1950s and 1960s modern jazz became a widely recognized part of American culture. As a musical form, it was radically changed …

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The 25 Essential Jazz Records Every Man Should Know

You've built the bookshelf, covered it with <b>great books</b>, but it needs a little something more. Some classic records perhaps? Why not treat yourself to …

Albums

Top 20 Jazz albums of the last five years

<b>Every year, Jazzwise asks its writers to choose their favourite albums – the releases that most impressed and inspired them. Below are the 20 albums</b> …

Moleskine Honors Jazz Legends With Blue Note Records Notebook Collection

In honor of Blue Note Records’ 75th anniversary, Moleskine has released a limited edition collection of notebooks to celebrate the iconic label that …

A Cover That Gave Jazz Lots of Soul

Fifty years ago, Ramsey Lewis’s cover of ‘The In Crowd’ started a movement<p>Nashville, Tenn.<p>It happened again Saturday night. When jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis launched into “The In Crowd” during his encore at the James K. Polk Theater here, the audience of 338 shouted “Yeah!” and began clapping …

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The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie

The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie.

Cab Calloway’s “Hepster Dictionary,” a 1939 Glossary of the Lingo (the “Jive”) of the Harlem Renaissance

The lists are in. By overwhelming consensus, the buzzword of 2014 was “vape.” Apparently, that’s the verb that enables you to smoke an e-cig. Left to …

The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How Lady Day was in the middle of a Federal Bureau of Narcotics fight for survival.<p>F <i>rom his first day in office in 1930, Harry Anslinger had a problem, and everybody knew it. He had just been appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—a tiny agency, buried in the gray bowels of the Treasury</i> …

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Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression review – a lavishly illustrated history of the great jazz label

A blue note is a flattened or – in the terminology of jazz – a “worried” note, which dips below the major scale to vouch for the intensity of an emotion; Blue Note is a record label which, since its foundation 75 years ago, has recorded the bluest and most worried jazz performers. Shaded by …

The 50 Greatest Jazz Albums…Ever

At the end of any year, it’s a great time to look back, so we’ve decided to attempt to come up with a definitive list of the 50 best jazz albums of …