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Jazz | Smithsonian Folkways Magazine

The challenge of talking about music is compounded when the subject is jazz, a word of clouded origins whose meaning reflects an evolution of …

Jazz

The 20 All-Time Greatest L.A. Studio Musicians

Studio musicians. Sidemen. Hired guns. Session guys. Whatever you want to call them, the pros who spend most of their careers backing up more famous …

Jazz

How Fela Kuti Drummer Tony Allen Rediscovered His Jazz Roots

The Afrobeat master on why he ditched vocals and went in search of a new sound<p>As Fela Kuti's drummer during the 1970s, Tony Allen was at the center …

Jazz

Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 60th year.

Six decades is a lot of music to remember and pay tribute to, but the Monterey Jazz Festival pulled it off in style this past weekend.<p>Mixing old jazz …

Jazz

Quincy Jones Celebrates All Things Jazz With Qwest TV -- Pre-Launch Kickstarter Campaign Has Begun!

A Kickstarter campaign that rewards its future subscribers runs from September 6th to October 10th.<p>While the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles pays …

Jazz

Lizz Wright: Grace review – a potent, sanctified album

(Concord)<p>Over five albums 37-year-old Wright has emerged as the doyenne of current jazz singers, able to inhabit and transform songs from disparate genres. <i>Grace</i> is her homage to her native south (she grew up a minister’s daughter in Georgia), though its songs have diverse sources – Allen …

Bob Dylan

Amy Winehouse would have been 34 today: 'She was an absolute genius,' says Tony Bennett

The late, great Amy Winehouse would have been 34 on Thursday, and she’s being remembered for the legacy she left behind.<p>Music legend and Winehouse …

Amy Winehouse

Latin Jazz: La Combinación Perfecta | Smithsonian Folkways

101<p>Machito & the Afro-Cubans<p>3:53<p>102<p>Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra with Chano Pozo<p>3:09<p>103<p>Stan Kenton and His Orchestra<p>2:46<p>104<p>Charlie Parker with …

Smithsonian

Happy Birthday B.B. King: Collaborating With The King Spotify Playlist

Celebrate what would have been blues legend B.B. King’s birthday today with a Spotify Playlist featuring his many collaborations.

Jazz

Seal announces new album of big-band jazz standards

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 11:52am<p>The Grammy-winning British soul star will pay tribute to the biggest names in jazz<p>Grammy-winning British soul …

Jazz

Monterey Jazz Festival Guide: The 7 things to know before you go

Need some help navigating the 60th annual Monterey Jazz Festival? Here’s our guide to the event, which runs Sept. 15-17 at the Monterey County Fair …

Jazz

Take Five: Fred Hersch Opens Up, Camille Thurman Looks Back, and Tim Berne Does the Stingray Shuffle

<b>Fred Hersch, “Eronel”</b><p>Introspection has never been a hurdle for Fred Hersch, but the pianist is reaching new depths in that area lately. His glowing …

The Arts

New Orleans' Trombone Shorty to Jazz up the Aztec Theatre

click to enlarge<p><b><br>Ever since he was a small child in New Orleans, Troy Andrews, better known by his stage name Trombone Shorty, has been surrounded by</b> …

Jazz

Nestor Torres showcases the sometimes forgotten jazz flute

Jazz flutist, Nestor Torres pay homage to classic and modern jazz with his latest CD, “Jazz Flute Traditions.” Torres and his ensemble of musicians …

Jazz

Watch Esperanza Spalding Livestream The Recording Of Her New Album

Earlier this year, Esperanza Spalding announced her intention to livestream the writing and recording of an entire album over a 77-hour period. She …

New Albums

Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center jazz orchestra to compose new music celebrating KU basketball

The Lied Center announced on Wednesday a partnership that will pair the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with, of all things, legends of KU …

Jazz

Watch Esperanza Spalding Make a 10-Song Album in 77 Hours

Esperanza Spalding is pivoting to video. The three-time Grammy winner is now at work on <i>Exposure</i>, a concept album written, produced, and recorded in …

Jazz

Celebrating 30 Years Of 'Fresh Air': Drummer And Composer Max Roach

Considered one of the inventors of modern jazz drumming, Roach helped formulate the language of bebop, along with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. <i>Originally broadcast in 1988.</i><p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>I'm Terry Gross. This week we're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR …

Jazz

Blue Note All-Stars Present Their ‘Point Of View’

The latest edition of the jazz supergroup the Blue Note All-Stars will release their debut album for the label, <i>Our Point Of View</i>, on 29 September. …

Blue Note

Esperanza Spalding Takes To Facebook Live To Record New Album 'Exposure'

Starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, Grammy Award-winning musician <b>Esperanza Spalding</b> will spend 77 hours creating her new album, “Exposure.” …

Facebook

Memories From The 2017 Detroit Jazz Festival In Photos

Despite a last minute cancellation of some of the final performances, the free 38th Annual Detroit Jazz festival provided a ray of light shining down …

Jazz

Esperanza Spalding's 'Exposure': A Creative Marathon, Live In The Studio

Esperanza Spalding — the multiple Grammy-winning bassist, singer-songwriter, bandleader and composer — maintains a fierce commitment to the unfolding moment. Spontaneity is her watchword and her discipline, the condition to which she aspires.<p>For this, among other reasons, Spalding has always been …

Jazz

First Listen: Lizz Wright, 'Grace'

One of my favorite courses in grad school was "Theology and the Body." We spent the better part of a semester pondering the legacy of Western mind-body dualism and the hierarchical ways of thinking that it spawned, which elevated spiritual and intellectual pursuits (associated with masculinity) …

Jazz

Record Bin: How Charles Mingus reshaped assumptions about modern music on “The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady”

Like many of the greatest minds to emerge from jazz music’s deepest waters, Charles Mingus was a genius, proficient not only in adapting his own …

Jazz

Tony Allen: The Source review – drummer's Blue Note debut reframes jazz in his own image

(Blue Note)<p>Classic Blue Note releases of the 1960s are filled with tracks that exoticise Africa, with names such as Afro Blue, Afrodisia, Ghana, Niger Mambo, Mr Kenyatta, The Man from Tanganyika and so on. Five decades later, Blue Note’s latest signing Tony Allen – the Nigerian drummer who powered …

Jazz

The Living Legends Foundation Presents International Jazz Recording Artist Sheléa to Headline at its Annual Awards Gala in Los Angeles

The Living Legends Foundation, Inc. (LLF), presents international jazz recording artist, Sheléa as this year’s headline performer for its annual awards gala on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, CA.<p>Acclaimed vocalist, pianist, and …

Grammy Awards

Read Rickie Lee Jones' Poignant Tribute to Steely Dan's Walter Becker

Steely Dan co-founder produced singer's 1989 LP 'Flying Cowboys'<p>I first heard Steely Dan back in Kansas City, Missouri, where I ended up living with …

Listen to 13 Essential Walter Becker Songs

When you think of Steely Dan, you probably hear Donald Fagen’s brackish snarl in the front of your mind. But Walter Becker, the group’s other half, played an equal role in defining its sound and direction. Mr. Becker, who died on Sunday at 67, founded Steely Dan — which was more of a protean studio …

Steely Dan

Bill Evans: Another Time

About a year ago, I received an email from Dr. Jan Dropvat in the Netherlands. Jan is a major Bill Evans collector, and he told me about a rare …

Jazz