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One day in the late Nineties, Dave Lombardo, the metal drumming powerhouse best known for bringing a tornado-like fury to Slayer’s early thrash masterpieces, was driving from San Francisco to ...
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As black Americans fought for equal rights in the 1960s, music reflected their calls to action. In jazz, that meant sounds that were spiritual, boundary-pushing and celebrated blackness. ...
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On June 4, the iconoclastic composer, esteemed academic/pedagogical luminary, and free-jazz firebrand Anthony Braxton turned 75 years old. To trace the course of Braxton’s career, from its beginnings ...
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My New Yorker Culture Desk essay “Think of Monk” is a well-edited aerial view. What follows is a ramble though the underbrush of musicianly detail, stuff I thought about while ...
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1930: The Orquesta Típica is out and the Conjunto is in The year 1930 marked a turning point in the development of popular Cuban music. Traditional outdoor ensembles ...
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This was going to be a year of great jazz centennials. For 1920 marked the birth of several jazz musicians who either changed the course of the music ...
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A review of the book by Dafnis Prieto, entitled Rhythmic Synchronicity – Individual and Collective Drumming Skills: A rhythmic course for non-drummers. Anyone who has heard Dafnis Prieto play ...
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The partnership between the British saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and a group of South African musicians has produced an imaginative second album… If jazz is looking to reinvent itself ...
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McCoy Tyner, who died on Friday at 81, has been a steadfast presence on the air at WBGO since our inception. His album Horizon was made in 1979, the year WBGO ...
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Miles Davis led such a prismatic and changeable career that any attempt at summation is destined to feel incomplete. But the 2019 documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool does ...
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For some 60 years, beginning in the early 1950s, pianist-composer Dave Brubeck was one of the most famous jazz musicians alive. During the height of that fame, he ...
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I prefer to pay attention when I listen to music, so if I need background noise while I’m doing something else, I put on a TV show that ...
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From May 1979 to September 1980, Laurie Verchomin was pianist Bill Evans’ lover. After their meeting in Edmonton, Canada, in April 1979, Laurie and Bill struck up a letter-writing ...
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Charles Dickens, that prose poet of Christmas, believed that the end of the year—the holiday portion—not only was made for the best celebrations but also was the ideal ...
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Bandleader Glenn Miller, who was lost at sea 75 years ago, played and replayed the song before troops serving in World War II. At 1:45 p.m. on December ...
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Saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist Gene Jefferson — one of the finest human beings and greatest musicians I have ever known — died on Wednesday at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, ...
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“To me, his gruffness was more of a protective shell,” jazz guitarist says of deceased Cream and Ginger Baker Trio co-founder. In 1994, Ginger Baker released a jazz ...
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Jessye Norman died on September 30, at 74. In her honor, we are reposting this 2013 interview with Rhonda Hamilton, in which she discusses her myriad jazz-vocal influences. ...
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As legend has it, Miles Davis assembled a super group of jazz musicians in a New York studio and recorded a bunch of songs without retakes. They left ...
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Saxophonist John Coltrane was born on Sept. 23, 1926. On what would have been his 93rd birthday, scholar and historian David Tegnell offers this guest installment of Deep ...
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The last time I saw Celia Cruz perform was in Central Park in 2002, one of her final shows, when SummerStage was less managed and thus more exciting. ...
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Mary Lou Williams seemed to learn early that playing piano would keep her alive. Maybe she realized this at age six, when she started venturing to her white ...
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Historians and critics have pored over the recordings of these jazz greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Stan Getz so exhaustively, it might feel like they’ve left no stone unturned. And yet, ...
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Nana had a big wooden box of a television in the corner of her apartment along Van Aken Boulevard in Cleveland, Ohio, known as “the Widow’s Block.” Brick ...
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The Century 21 Exposition, better remembered as the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, left an indelible mark on the skyline of that city: the iconic Space Needle was created for ...
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To consider a women’s Hall of Fame in American music is to come face-to-face with that music’s debt to African-American religious life. The biggest names in blues — ...
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Herbie Hancock explains how he composed Watermelon Man and how Mongo Santamaria influenced it. He then performs both the original 1962 and the 1973 Headhunters versions. “Mongo” Santamaría ...
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Bob Wilber, a saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader who spearheaded a traditional jazz revival in the face of a postwar modernist boom, and kept the faith well into a ...
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It was winter in late 1988 and a fax arrived in my newspaper office in Cardiff. Miles Davis would be playing at St David’s Hall. What, Miles Davis? ...
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The National Trust is hoping to preserve the North Carolina house where Simone first learned to play piano. Nina Simone was born in a small, clapboard house in ...
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A number of stars have rallied behind a concert to pay tribute to Michel Legrand – the French film composer, conductor and jazz pianist who unexpectedly died in ...
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As the Cuban maestro prepares for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! on Wednesday, here’s the story behind his influential project Jazz Batá. When we last heard from Chucho Valdés, the magisterial Cuban pianist and ...
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Louis Armstrong has served as the focus of many works of literature. Now, a few seconds of old film that appear to feature Armstrong as a teenage boy have ...
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Today, I’m focusing on Bennie Maupin, another living jazz legend who doesn’t get nearly the recognition he deserves. Maupin is perhaps best known for recording with Horace Silver ...
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Miles Davis shocked the music world in 1985 when he left Columbia Records after 30 years to join Warner Bros. Records. In October of that year, he began ...
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He wasn’t alone when it came to sizable tax bills and a European escape. After paying their sidemen immediately after gigs, many jazz leaders didn’t or couldn’t set ...
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Not long ago, I was interviewing two important contributors to the world of American music and letters – Eddie Palmieri and the other was Joe Conzo Sr. – ...
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The late Martin Williams, curator of the influential anthology Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz and one of America’s more perceptive and distinguished critics, wrote in anessay about the lack of ...
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Saxophonist Maceo Parker has scored the funk trifecta. In the 1960s, the trenchant, bluesy wail of his horn served as a foil for James Brown’s screams and grunts ...
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https://allan-chase.com I’ve been looking forward to sharing this informative interview with Bill Evans for a long time. It seems to me that it contains some valuable and possibly ...
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The Art Ensemble of Chicago was already six years into an acclaimed career when it had its first extended run at an American jazz club. In honor of the ...
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Well 2000 pieces, 100 tours, numerous jazz standards – Duke Ellington wore the music of African Americans in the world. Miles Davis also adored him and yet did ...
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As ‘Bolden’ opens in theaters, Dr. Lewis Porter peels back the mythology around Louis Armstrong, a central character in the film. It’s always noteworthy when a feature film ...
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For a while during his captivity, jazz kept Eric Vogel, a Jewish Czech trumpeter, useful to the Nazis—and therefore alive. In 1961, sixteen years after Eric Vogel leaped ...
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One of the last greats of his generation, jazz master Benny Golson talks about Coltrane, Spielberg and “A Great Day in Harlem” as he heads to Minnesota. Benny Golson ...
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On cold mornings, Les Goodson shows up early outside the University Club, on a wealthy stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and races two panhandlers he has nicknamed ...
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Jazz musicians in continental Europe who emerged in the 1940s held a special distinction. They survived World War II in countries occupied by the Germans. Jazz was used ...
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Some were deeply influenced by modern classical orchestral music. Others such as Johnny Mandel, Manny Albam, Johnny Pate and Oliver Nelson were swayed by the drama and incidental ...
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Few drummers make me smile more than Jo Jones. Jones began jazz drumming professionally in the 1920s and first recorded in 1931 with Hunter’s Serenades. Jones is probably ...
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A few weeks ago I received an email from two ardent Bill Evans fans — James Farber and Larry Goldberg. They wrote to say they had interviewed Evans ...
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In 1967, Creed Taylor launched CTI Records as a subsidiary of the A&M label. Creed had just left Verve, where he headed the jazz label and pioneered new ...
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The 100th anniversary of Nat King Cole’s birth is this Sunday, March 17. Cole was one of America’s most remarkable entertainers. His first jazz-pop career was with his ...
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Like Mahershala Ali as he accepted the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of the pianist Donald Shirley in the best picture winner “Green Book,” I always, or almost ...
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A quiet Sunday night in 1953. The Dodgers had just won the pennant. J.F.K. and Jacqueline Bouvier had just married. And four titans of bebop came together in ...
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Chicago tenor saxophone giant Von Freeman died in 2012, at age 88, but he remains a significant figure in jazz here and beyond. The latest evidence comes in ...
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John Guare’s works include The House of Blue Leaves, Atlantic City and Six Degrees of Separation. His new play, Nantucket Sleigh Ride, is at New York’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center ...
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I used to work at the New York Jazz Museum, just yards from the Old Studio 54. The museum is long gone, but it had put the teenage ...
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We thank our readers for following Deep Dive with Lewis Porter. Sometimes new information comes to light after I’ve posted, and at other times I simply think of ...
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Although today jazz is a world phenomenon, there are special jazz spots on the planet. These are cities where style or, better to say, the whole phenomenon has ...
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Ed Bickert, whose exceedingly modest way in conversation belied a nimble sense of humor, used to tell one story deserving of a permanent place in guitar lore. At ...
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