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David Sereny Releases New Music Video For "Spotlite"

Some artists know their own talent, but some artists need an outside vision to know their true potential. Smooth jazz artist Dave Sereny had studied …

Music Videos

Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz head to SF Bay Area for everything from hip-hop to Duke Ellington

Founded some three decades ago by Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) seems to reveal new depth with each California trip. …

The Arts

The Voice Behind One Of Hip-Hop's Most Famous Hooks

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's debut album, <i>It Takes Two</i>, was released 30 years ago this month. It contains one of the most defining singles in hip-hop, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

L.A. band Kneebody brings epic collection of sounds to SF Bay Area gigs

From the very beginning, Kneebody resisted all efforts at stylistic categorization. Formed in Los Angeles by five conservatory-trained musicians, the …

San Francisco Bay Area

Big Jay McNeely, R&B Legend Who Defined the Honking Tenor Saxophone Style, Dies at 91

<i>Big Jay McNeely, a rhythm-and-blues legend known as “King of the Honkin’ Sax,” died on Sunday, according to multiple sources. He was 91. Bob Porter,</i> …

Los Angeles

José James Tips His Hat To Bill Withers On ‘Lean On Me’

Jazz vocal stylist José James will release <i>Lean On Me,</i> his new tribute album to the great soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, on 28 September on Blue …

Music

How Diana Krall Caught Our Eye With ‘The Look Of Love’

“Every day you walked in and looked at pictures of <b>Frank Sinatra</b>, <b>Nat</b>“<b>King” Cole</b> and <b>John Coltrane</b> on the wall, and immediately got reduced to the size …

Music

New Music Monday: Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Yellowjackets and More

Looking for some Monday motivation? We've got you covered. From music about the power of positive thinking to music responding to contemporary …

Yellowjackets

Resonance Records Celebrates 10 Years with a Strategic Play, and a New Eric Dolphy Release

When George Klabin started Resonance Records, he had no idea he was planting the seed for a bumper crop of historic jazz recordings.<p>“We started with …

Horns

Kandace Springs Is Nashville's Soulful Hidden Treasure

When you think of Nashville, you probably think of country music. Soul and jazz? Not so much. But Kandace Springs is aiming to change that. In 2014, …

Aretha Franklin

Maria Muldaur Readies 41st Album: "Don't You Feel My Leg - The Naughty Bawdy Blues Of Blue Lu Barker" Out September 28th

Produced by Maria Muldaur, the album features some of NOLA’s finest “first-call” musicians.<p>slideshow<p>When a 24-year-old Blue Lu Barker stepped up to …

Jazz

Tony Bennett And Diana Krall On Reincarnating Gershwin Classics: 'It Never Goes Out Of Style'

Every piece of music produced is a roll of dice for success, but sometimes, the stars just align. The music of George and Ira Gershwin, two of the …

Jazz

Jimmy Smith Takes His Hammond Down ‘Ol’ Man River’

The definitive jazz Hammond organ sound of <b>Jimmy Smith</b> usually found its home on a series of seminal albums, not to mention some notable session …

Universal Music

Ana Popovic Empowers, Collaborates with Keb’ Mo’, & Ignites Electricity on ‘Like it On Top’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

★★★★★★★★The press leading up to the album is all about an empowering statement for females to rise to the top but the bigger news, considering so …

Los Angeles

Esperanza Spalding (Afro Blue) International Jazz Day Global Concert 2013

Jazz

Michel Camilo On Piano Jazz

Grammy-winning pianist, composer and bandleader Michel Camilo is one of the most fascinating jazz artists working today. A prodigy from the Dominican Republic, he began his professional career at the age of 16 as the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra. In his twenties, Camilo moved …

Dominican Republic

GoGo Penguin

During his setup, GoGo Penguin's pianist Chris Illingworth asked if he could remove our piano cover to "access the inside" and, after a few rotations of a screwdriver, he soon handed me a long plank of black painted maple, which has no convenient place to rest in the NPR Music office. If you look …

North Sea

The Inimitable Jimmy Smith, One Cool Cat

According to DJ Al Collins of KSFO in San Francisco writing in the liner notes of this fabulous album, “Jimmy Smith’s <i>The Cat</i> cuts through grease like …

New Jersey

With 'Emanon,' Jazz Elder Wayne Shorter Grandly Sweeps The Stars

Wayne Shorter likes to tell a story about going to see Charlie Parker, the mercurial titan of bebop, sometime around 1951. Shorter was 18 at the time — a saxophonist, like Parker, and a bop obsessive already gigging around his hometown of Newark, N.J. He headed across the river into Manhattan, …

Jazz

Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline Reclaims Mood Music In The City Of Brotherly LoveWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Nels Cline has earned his place as a guitar hero for our times, with a track record stretching back four decades and a marquee gig with Wilco. But if you mainly associate him with squalls of feedback, you're missing a big part of the picture. "The Avant Romantic" is how <i>Rolling Stone</i> pegged him …

Music

Why ‘Emanon’ Is An Unprecedented Audio And Visual Experience From Wayne Shorter

“It’s pretty revolutionary. I don’t know anyone else who’s done it,” says producer and Blue Note boss, Don Was, about Wayne Shorter’s <b>new …

Horns

Revisit The Dizzy Heights Of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly With Me’

It was in February 1958 that <b>Frank Sinatra</b> began a five-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with this fabulous album. <i>Come Fly With M</i>e was Frank’s …

North Atlantic

Don Was: The Renaissance ‘Music’ Man

A hitmaker in his own right with Was (Not Was), producer of hundreds of key albums by everyone from <b>the Rolling Stones</b> to Bob Dylan and from <b>Bonnie</b> …

Universal Music

Visiting Louis Armstrong’s ‘Wonderful World’

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a portal to the neighborhood’s past and a link to its future<p>On a late summer night in Corona, Queens, approaching 107th Street between 34th and 37th avenues, a Chinese-American woman in purple scrubs dances her way around the corner, a little sideways strut, …

Louis Armstrong

The Guide to Getting into John Coltrane's Quasi-Religious Ecstasy

Immerse yourself in the many vibrant sides of the jazz great's masterful sax work.<p>The music John William Coltrane wasn’t just a mere passion for his loyal fans; it was a religious experience. Doors drummer John Densmore said he can still feel the energy Coltrane poured into his live performances, …

John Coltrane

Toronto Film Review: ‘Quincy’

There’s a startling moment late in “Quincy,” Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ Netflix documentary about the octogenarian music man Quincy Jones, in …

Los Angeles

Watch Orquesta Akokán Perform Live In Our Studio, on The Checkout

The Cuban mambo group Orquestra Akokán performs live at WBGO today — watch the live webcast around 2 p.m.<p>One of the earliest Latin music styles to …

New York City

Eileen Farrell On Piano Jazz

Long acknowledged as one of the world's leading sopranos, Eileen Farrell (1920 – 2002) was comfortable in the spotlight of opera, jazz and the blues. She began her career as a classical and operatic singer, and in the 1980s began performing pop. Of the change, Farrell said, "In opera there is a …

Piano

The essential Yusef Lateef in 10 records

Vinyl Records