Jazz

Broadway Review: 1940s-Style ‘Bandstand’ Has A Blindspot

The final musical of the 2016-2017 Broadway season, <i>Bandstand</i> opened tonight at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre with a swinging look back at 1946. It’s …

Music

Family struggles to save pianist's music before Alzheimer's can steal it

HIS HEART,<br>HER HANDS<p>LISTEN AS YOU READ: "MELANCHOLY FLOWER"<p>A lifelong pianist struggled to play as his memory began to fade. A professional musician …

Love

Jacques Derrida & Ornette Coleman – A Match Made In Heaven

Read a fascinating interview spotted on OpenCulture between Jewish philosopher Jacques Derrida and jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman

Music

Meet 5 Jazz Artists of Color Making New Music With Healing Power

1 /<p><b>Brandee Younger</b> remembers the time she wished Barack Obama happy birthday on Facebook. “Six people blocked me,” the harp player says. “Two were …

Music

Multimedia Show Inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates' BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME Highlights Apollo Theater's 2017-18 Season

The Apollo Theater today announced details of its upcoming 2017-2018 season.<p>Marking the first full season with Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes at …

Black History

Songs We Love: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, 'Diaspora'

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, the firebrand trumpeter from New Orleans, doesn't go in for small gestures. His current project is <i>The Centennial Trilogy</i>, a three-album series intended to confront a range of societal issues, especially as they relate to the African-American population. The style of …

Music

Ella Fitzgerald mural for her hometown

A Virginia town plans to unveil a mobile mural of its native daughter, singer Ella Fitzgerald.<p>The 3.96-metre tall, 3.66m wide mural is scheduled to …

Music (Australia)

First Listen: 'The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda'

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, spiritual leader and the wife of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (1937-2007) long stood in her husband's shadow. Some certain number of more casual jazz fans, if they have known her name at all, only know it from sidewoman credits on some of his …

Music

First Listen: Carl Craig, 'Versus'

It's easy to approach <i>Versus</i> — a long-gestating collaboration between Detroit's electronic-music deity Carl Craig, the Paris-based Les Siècles Orchestra (under the direction of François-Xavier Roth) and techno-loving classical pianist Francesco Tristano — as the latest attempt to bring club music to …

Music

Viola Davis, John Legend and more share their greatest influences at Time 100

On Tuesday night in New York City, some of the most influential people in the world were honored at the Time 100 gala, but most of them agreed they wouldn’t have made that prestigious list without some special people in their own lives. Check out who some of the stars nominated as their greatest …

Awards

Phil Evans - Saniti

Phil Evans is at the centre of a new wave of producers from Germany's Rhine-Main area, and his productions routinely rank among the b..

Music

Bandstand

<b>Theater review by Adam Feldman</b><p>The resonant original musical <i>Bandstand</i> dances a delicate line between nostalgia and disillusion. What it seems to …

Music

Brahms: Piano Pieces CD review – Volodos' playing is gently controlled and subtly shaded

Arcadi Volodos (Sony Classical)<p>For all the flawless magnificence of his keyboard technique, the sharply contrasted aspects of Arcadi Volodos’s playing are sometimes hard to reconcile. There is the insistent, brittle way in which he sees off bravura pieces, as though the sheer accomplishment of …

Music

John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk's Complete 1957 Recordings reissued as deluxe vinyl box set

April 26, 2017 In News<p><b>Two trailblazers united.</b><p>John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk may have been contemporaries at jazz’s cutting edge for nigh on three …

Thelonious Monk

DownBeat News

News The Latest From Around The Music World<p>Q&A with “Chasing Trane” Filmmaker John Scheinfeld<p><b>By Shannon J. Effinger</b>   I  Apr 25, 2017   11:43</i> …

John Coltrane

“Directions in Jazz”: Miles Davis’s “Decoy” bridged two phases of his ’80s comeback era

Night Flight’s “Directions in Jazz” — which originally aired on September 20, 1986 — featured music videos by a handful of the genre’s key players, …

Miles Davis

Where did all the saxophones go?

A saxophone screams. A saxophone honks. It doesn’t jam or shred or flow. The saxophone isn’t like a piano intro or a guitar solo. In modern music, it …

Music

The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial: Our 'First Lady Of Song'

Her voice is instantly recognizable. Her youthful exuberance, pure sound and positive energy just make you feel good. Her incredible technical abilities were self-evident, but when she sang, she radiated a joy consistent with her own character both on and off the bandstand.<p>Ella Fitzgerald was the …

Music

Ella Fitzgerald: Beyond Words

Contrast is responsible for at least part of Ella Fitzgerald’s greatness: she was both a peerless interpreter of the American popular song and …

Music

Tony Allen Announces the Release of His Upcoming EP 'A Tribute to Art Blakey'

Legendary Nigerian drummer <b>Tony Allen</b>, will give jazz enthusiasts a major treat next month, with the release of his new EP <i>A Tribute to Art Blakey</i>, due …

Music

Music Review: Diamanda Galás - All the Way / At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem

<i>“Thus the dark, mysterious, oriental strain of the Greek character is linked to the feminine through the art of lament. As a sort of stylized lament,</i> …

Music

The Legacy Of The Jazz Epistles, South Africa's Short-Lived But Historic Group

Hugh Masekela was an up-and-coming trumpeter, all of 20, when he took an overnight train from Johannesburg to Cape Town to meet a pianist everyone was talking about in South Africa: Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand.<p>Ibrahim, 25 at the time, was the forward-thinking figure needed to …

South Africa

Dave Grohl: "My Most Embarrassing Onstage Moment"

PHOTO: Justin Sullivan | Getty Images Foo Fighters guitarist and frontman Dave Grohl recently joined his mother to promote her new book, From Cradle …

Music

Ella Fitzgerald at 100: By the Numbers on Billboard's Charts & More

April 25, 2017 would have marked the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. The famed singer, who died in 1996, was remembered by Billboard upon …

Music

How Ella Fitzgerald's Career Began on a Dare

They’re known as America’s toughest crowd—a raucous group of spectators eager to recognize unknown talent or brutally boo an uninspired act off the …

Music

Representatives of the world music societies came together in New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jevdet Hajiyev, a prominent Azerbaijani composer

Representatives of the world music societies came together in New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jevdet Hajiyev, a prominent Azerbaijani …

Music

Happy 100th, Ella Fitzgerald!

If you took a poll of critics as to the greatest jazz singers of all time, the triumvirate of <b>Billie Holiday</b>, <b>Ella Fitzgerald</b> and <b>Sarah Vaughan</b> would …

Music

Bob Dylan headlines 38th Montreal International Jazz Festival

Artists from 17 countries and all musical genres will take the stage at 11 venues between June 28 and July 8<p>The indoor lineup for this summer's …

Music

Jana's Day Two, Part Two

Anything that involves DIY or contains the word "kit" is of automatic interest to me, nearly to a fault. It began with homemade stuffed animals …

Audiophile

Ella Fitzgerald at 100: Late Legend's Birthday Marked with Grammy Exhibit

The Grammy Museum is putting rare <b>Ella Fitzgerald</b> memorabilia on display for what would have been the singing legend's 100th birthday.The museum's …

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