Duke Ellington

The simple statistical analysis that explains the entire history of popular music

In national security, social network analysis is used to identify potential terrorists. In marketing, it can uncover the Instagram influencers who are best positioned to sell a company’s product.<p>But social network theory—the study of how different people or things interact with one another, often …

Frank Zappa

A joyous celebration of Ella and Lena at Auditorium Theatre

No wonder the Auditorium Theatre was packed on Friday night.<p>Several of Chicago’s best singers and a sumptuous jazz orchestra were paying tribute to two singers known worldwide by their first names alone: Ella and Lena. The occasion was this year’s centennial of the births of Ella Fitzgerald and …

Jazz

An interview with pianist Marcus Roberts on the eve of the release of his latest album "Trio Crescent: Celebrating Coltrane"

Marcus Roberts Trio : <i>Trio Crescent: Celebrating Coltrane</i><p>For the now fifty-four years old Marcus Roberts, it’s been over thirty years since the pianist made his auspicious debut as one of the young lions of jazz along with Wynton Marsalis. Then, barely in his twenties, he joined Marsalis’ band …

Jazz

Maclean Quartet pays homage to jazz legend Hancock | Nov. 17 Waterloo

Nick Maclean is a 26-year-old jazz pianist of rapidly increasing renown who has been described as "one of the most gifted young Toronto pianists to …

Jazz

Chicago ‘Nutcrackers’ to get your holiday season cracking

After nearly 30 years, the Joffrey Ballet retired cofounder Robert Joffrey’s much-loved staging of Tchaikovsky’s <i>The Nutcracker.</i> In its place, a brand …

Ballet

Much debated Casa Mia gets green light for seniors care facility

A revamped proposal for the once-controversial plan to convert Casa Mia into a seniors care facility won unanimous support at a public hearing at …

Walt Disney Company

Video: Monk in Berlin, 1969

Forty-eight years ago this month, pianist Thelonious Monk appeared in Berlin at the Berliner Jazztage festival. Translated, the event's name meant …

Jazz

Lines’ ‘Propelled Heart’ is top of the line

Image 1of/2<p>Caption<p>Close<p>There’s enough dancing in Lines Ballet’s “The Propelled Heart,” seen at the Wednesday, Nov. 15, opening at Yerba Buena Center …

Jazz

TVD Radar: Unreleased Ella Fitzgerald Live Album, Ella At Zardi’s, in stores 12/1

<b>VIA PRESS RELEASE</b> | <b>Verve Records and UMe will close out their year-long celebration of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial with the ultimate</b> …

Jazz

A gospel Queen makes rare return to Bay Area for 2 shows

Queen Esther Marrow made her concert debut at the age of 22 when Duke Ellington tapped her for a featured spot at his legendary Concert of Sacred …

Santa Cruz

Guest Review: 'Rocket Fantastic'

Sean Singer reviews the new poetry collection by Gabrielle Calvocoressi.

Artists

OHAM: Publication

<b>Composers' Voices from Ives to Ellington</b><p>An Oral History of American Music<p><i>by Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve</i><p>The first opportunity to read—and …

Jazz

Royalties from thousands of song classics tucked away tax-free

Music catalogue based in Jersey collected millions from songs by Duke Ellington, Sheryl Crow, The Trammps<p>Rummaging through the records of offshore …

Music

D.C. City Council Moves To Honor Marion Barry With Prominent Statue In Front Of City Hall

I have been critical of the wholesale removal of statues and memorials recently for figures ranging from Roger Taney to George Washington. Now …

Jazz

Swinging Modern Sounds #84: Music for Spaceships

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a recording on YouTube of the sort that is liberally scattered there if you take the time to look. I’m …

Lou Reed

22 Americans who deserve monuments more than any Confederate general

The week after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly and citizens and cities around the country began to take down their Confederate monuments, I argued that we needed not just to empty those pedestals but also to find a new, affirmatively positive vision of America to replace …

Opinion

Paul Gilbert: The Guitar Skill I Don't Think I'm Good Enough At [News]

<b>Music News</b>: "You learn all of these scales and chords, which are great, but at some point, you have to say, what actually is the sound that I want to …

Guitar

For this centenarian, ballet has brought a lifetime of gifts and giving

As a newly minted centenarian, Therrell C. Smith is frequently asked to reveal her “secret” for living so long and — no offense intended — for looking so good.<p>She does have two answers that should come as no surprise: a good diet — lots of fruits and vegetables (lay off the sweets and sodas) — and …

Ballet

Warren Olney

Warren Olney tells personal stories about growing up in Washington DC, his affinity for jazz and, not surprisingly, picks some artists who make …

Music

Dawn Derow’s My Ship: Songs From 1941 is a Show Not to Be Missed | Times Square Chronicles

Dawn Derow’s My Ship: Songs From 1941 is a Show Not to Be Missed<p>Cabaret they say is a dying bred and for the most part it is like you have entered …

Jazz

Matt Ulery's Loom Large flexes its muscles

Bassist-bandleader Matt Ulery stands as a distinctive voice in Chicago jazz, and he proved it again Friday night on an epic scale, leading his big band Loom Large.<p>Imagine the sense of mystery and harmonic idiosyncrasy of Ulery’s art expressed in an orchestral setting, and you have an idea of what …

Jazz

This great jazz pianist fell into a coma for months. He came back better than ever.

Since its beginning more than a century ago, jazz has been considered a form of music created by social misfits and outcasts. Yet one group has been conspicuously absent from the historical picture: gay men.<p>In a macho musical culture in which instruments are called “axes” and dueling solos are …

Entertainment

The Musical Revolution of Muhal Richard Abrams

One of the most important figures in American creative music, Muhal Richard Abrams, died peacefully at home last Sunday, at the age of eighty-seven. “Pianist/composer” will be the description most commonly ascribed to him, but Abrams was so much more: organizer, philosopher, visionary, motivator, …

Music

Hold the universe in your hands - Feature

Explore the far corners of the natural world in five new books, where you’ll find fascinations ranging from the remnants of a supernova to killer …

Vincent Van Gogh

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: ​Familia: Paint

Mostly Other People Do the Killing started as a piano-less quartet, expanded to a septet to explore early New Orleans styles, raised hackles as a …

Jazz

Videos: Wild Bill Davis + Duke

Earlier this week, I posted on the tasty genius of organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis. Here are two videos featuring Davis, both with Duke Ellington. On …

Jazz

11-Year-Old Nepalese Girl Claims She Can Recognize Colors by Smell

Deepti Regmi, an 11-year-old girl from Nepal, spontaneously developed a peculiar ability last year. She is, inexplicably, able to smell colors, and …

Weird

The Microscopic Septet: Pioneers Across Jazz Boundaries

Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me<p>Label: Cuneiform <b><br>US Release Date: 2017-02-10</b> <b><br>UK Release Date: 2016-02-10</b> <br>Amazon <br>iTunes<p>The Microscopic Septet, …

Jazz

Wild Bill Davis & Johnny Hodges

Before Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Big John Patton, Jimmy McGriff, Brother Jack McDuff, Groove Holmes and all the other dynamic organists of the late …

Jazz

Repassez-moi l'standard... "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" de Duke Ellington & Paul Francis Webster

<b>Aujourd'hui... "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good" by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster</b><p>Duke Ellington with Ivie Ivy Anderson in "I Got …

Jazz