When you just happen to be dubbed the King of Cool, it’s no easy feat to find your match in style, swagger, and genius. Certainly jazz maestro Miles Davis found himself at the altar three times over his
The last time we went to Seattle, we met a piano player and bandleader named Wayne Horvitz. Among other things, he books a club called the Royal Room, teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, directs a
Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands
The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world,
In the greater jazz world, Danilo Pérez is a respected pianist. In his homeland of Panama, he's a national icon and cultural ambassador, and not just for his artistry. Ever since he returned to perform
South by Southwest turned 30 this month. And it's stunning to realize that tonight, for the very first time, artists from Cuba will have their own special showcase! Sure Cuban artists have performed at
"Today the voices of love and acceptance drowned out the voices of hate." When the Westboro Baptist Church arrived on their campus on March 21, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington,
The National Recording Registry has announced a new batch of inductees to the Library of Congress, as Billboard points out. Albums by John Coltrane (A Love Supreme), Metallica (Master of Puppets), Buffy
All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind
Turner's new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.
On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola violin;
Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. Fast fingers and a hardwired sense of swing defined Peterson and made him a favorite musical partner for everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Herbie Hancock.
Records show that 100 years ago today, a boy named Herman Poole Blount was born in Birmingham, Ala. Between that moment and his passing in 1993, the man nicknamed "Sonny" developed huge musical talent,
After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of Miles Davis, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite. This week,