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A-tisket, a-tasket, a hit song in her basket: Ella's rise to fame

"They're swingin' everything else—why not nursery rhymes?" stated Ella Fitzgerald while dancing around the room showcasing some new dance moves. This …

Music

Record Store Day Celebrates Resurgence of Vinyl

Over the past few years, vinyl records have been making a big comeback – exciting news for the hundreds of independent record stores across the …

Vinyl Records

American Jazz Music Experiences a Resurgence in Popularity

Dr. Phillips Center Orlando, photo provided by Dr. Phillips Center<p>American Jazz music is the country’s only indigenous music. This American music is …

This week’s best radio: happy 100th birthday to Ella Fitzgerald

Petula Clark marks the centenary of the first lady of song on Radio 2, while Olivia Colman stars in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal on Radio 4<p>Doubtless you’ve made special plans to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. If you require company, it’s provided by</b> …

Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald's "Wacky Dust" and American Drug Culture

<b>By Adam Gustafson, Pennsylvania State University</b><p>“The First Lady of Song” Ella Fitzgerald would have turned 100 on April 25: Institutions from the …

Jazz

Tributes to Gillespie, Monk, Fitzgerald planned for Jazz Festival

The 39th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will pay tribute to the centennials of three legends of the genre when the free lakefront fest returns to …

Music

Celebrating Ella's influence

Several celebrations across Newport News to honor the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald's birth culminate with the 19th annual Ella Fitzgerald Music …

Jazz it up

As we count down to the International Jazz Day, which is just a week away, <b>Grace Wachira</b> puts the spotlight on Kenya’s jazz artistes who have come a …

Producer Terrace Martin Explains How Kendrick Crafted 'Damn,' and Where He's Going Next

Kendrick Lamar is always moving forward. The Compton rhymer has made each of his studio albums sound different from its predecessor: <i>Section.80</i> is …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A Royal Birthday Party for the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald

Future historians will remember 2017 as the year of the centennial.<p>In jazz alone there’s Dizzy Gillespie (October 31), Thelonious Monk (October 10), …

Jazz

Christian Scott: Ruler Rebel review – edgy reinventions of the jazz tradition

(Stretch/Ropeadope)<p>Ruler Rebel is the first of a trilogy to be released this year by the imaginative and increasingly popular 33-year-old New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott – as a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the first jazz record in 1917, and a typical Scott genre-mash with a …

Jazz

Billie Holiday’s Label Wouldn’t Touch 'Strange Fruit'

<i>Southern trees bear a strange fruit/Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze/Strange fruit hanging from</i> …

Music

A Conversation with Jazz Manouche Virtuoso Stephane Wrembel

New Jersey–based jazz manouche (gypsy jazz) virtuoso Stephane Wrembel is no stranger to wearing many hats. A guitarist, a composer, a teacher, and …

Guitar Lessons

JAM Fest pays tribute to jazz icon Bessie Smith

If you go<p><b>› What:</b> Icon Tribute to Bessie Smith<p><b>› Where:</b> Jazzanooga Arts Space, 431 E. M.L. King Blvd.<p><b>› When:</b> 7-9 p.m. today, April 20<p><b>› Admission:</b> $15<p><b>›</b> …

Detroit Jazz Festival unveils stellar lineup

Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater and more will play this free festival Sept. 1-4 in downtown Detroit

Jazz

Robert Glasper Dives Deep Into J Dilla and Pete Rock Samples For NPR

Jazz’s resident hip-hop-splainer is back today with an insightful look into the sample sources and techniques of two pioneering producers. <b>Robert</b> …

Jazz

Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' Perform and Discuss New Album and Tour

Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ have announced a special, full-band tour in support of their first album as a duo, <i>TajMo</i>, out May 5 on Concord.TajMo: The Taj …

Live Music

Grammy-Winning Trumpeter Terence Blanchard Performs in Houston | Houstonia

Throughout the '60s and '70s, many jazz musicians started incorporating elements of funk, R&B and psychedelic rock into their music to reflect the …

The 14 Best Herbie Hancock Songs

Now 77 years old, jazz legend Herbie Hancock began his career where many jazz musicians hope to end up—in the Miles Davis quartet. But starting at …

Jazz

Remembering Art Farmer

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in November 1999 and is part of our ongoing effort to archive pre-database material. This …

Jazz

Marsalis and Batiste, Colbert’s music man, save jazz giant from oblivion | Lexington Herald Leader

There are five sterling minutes early into the “The Music of John Lewis,” a deeply satisfying new concert recording by the Jazz at Lincoln Center …

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Two new #SpotifySingles featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste are streaming now! Listen to both tracks …

A Night for the Jazz Revolution

Legends of the American and Cuban music will join in concert on April 30 at the Great Theater of Havana to commemorate the International Jazz Day, …

Jazz

The Great American Songbook, Volume 1: Top 11 Jazz

<b>The heyday of the Great American Songbook spanned four decades</b>, beginning in the 20s. Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood were the backdrop for the …

Jazz

Wynton Marsalis, Chucho Valdes highlight Symphony Center series

More than two decades ago, Orchestra Hall launched a jazz series that has become indispensable to music in Chicago.<p>For though intimate rooms such as the Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy's, Constellation and Winter's represent the front lines of the music, it's difficult to overestimate the impact of …

Jazz

Photo of Ella Fitzgerald going on display at DC museum

Jazz

Patti LaBelle adds sweetness to universe with new dessert cookbook, jazz album

Remember Patti pies?<p>Slideshow<p>Patti LaBelle adds sweetness to universe with new dessert cookbook, jazz album<p>When the sweet potato pies made by Patti …

Dessert

Philly jazz pianist Orrin Evans joins famed jazz trio The Bad Plus

Jazz trio The Bad Plus has remained a constant trio for the past 17 years, but soon, they’ll get a little Philly flavor, courtesy of a new member who …

Philadelphia

Allan Holdsworth, Guitarist Revered in Both Jazz and Prog-Rock Circles, Dies at 70

Allan Holdsworth, a spellbinding guitarist who influenced generations of jazz and rock musicians with his innovative sound, has died unexpectedly at …

Guitar