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Patrick Cornelius At Berklee College Of Music

Inspired by A.A. Milne’s 1924 book of poetry, When We Were Very Young, Cornelius presents a composition commissioned by Chamber Music America. It features Bill Evans-like voicings and Ellingtonian ideas. While growing up in San Antonio, Patrick Cornelius listened to JazzSet on KRTU. Off the air, he taped the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band playing Lalo […]

Robert Glasper Experiment: Tiny Desk Concert

The pianist builds R&B with old-school values: singers who don’t need software, live improvising, hand-built beats. They’re jazz aesthetics, essentially — readily evident when members of his Grammy-winning Experiment band jam with singer Marsha Ambrosius. The third song in this Tiny Desk Concert, explains the jocose pianist Robert Glasper, first appeared on one of his […]

Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who’d pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and Willie “The Lion” Smith could keep going for hours […]

WNCU Black History Month Specials

The Big Red Couch – 5 Decades of Black Music Saturday, Feb. 8,15 and 22, from 9-10 pm The Big Red Couch produced and hosted by Peabody Award Winner Jim Luce is a nod to five decades of black music that has shaped popular musical culture all over the world. Luce mixes tunes like eclectic […]

Newport Jazz Festival Lineup

Three days of music. Three stages. Five groups on each stage. 45 of some of the finest jazz groups in the world. Click here to visit the website. Friday, August 1, 2014 Fort Adams State Park GATES: 10:00AM / MUSIC: 11:30 AM- 6:00PM Jon Batiste & Stay Human John Zorn’s Masada Marathon: Dave Douglas, Marc […]

NCCU MLK Celebration

Thursday, Jan. 16 University MLK Convocation 9:45 a.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium Guest speaker: Author and media commentator Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Sunday, Jan. 19 MLK Community Builder 1:30 p.m., A.E. Student Union Monday, Jan. 20 MLK Bell Ringing 9:15 a.m., Shepard Bell United Way of the Greater Triangle MLK Service Project 9 a.m. – 1 […]

The 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Concert

In a concert and ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized its 2014 class of Jazz Masters. The honor is the highest federally supported award for jazz artistry; those recognized receive a $25,000 grant and a tribute performance. The event was webcast live on the NEA’s […]

5 Must-See Projects At Winter Jazzfest

This week’s Winter Jazzfest seems to be a kind of turning point — for the festival, and maybe for jazz in New York City. What started 10 years ago as a one-night showcase under one roof has expanded to five days at 10 venues, featuring more than 90 groups in a vast array of styles. […]

Amiri Baraka’s Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

One of America’s most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79. Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his […]

The Drummer Who Invented Jazz’s Basic Beat

It doesn’t take an expert to identify this sound as a jazz rhythm: Musicians call it “spang-a-lang,” for obvious phonetic reasons, and it’s so synonymous with jazz, it no longer occurs to us that someone had to invent it. But someone did: a drummer named Kenny Clarke, who would have turned 100 today. Spang-a-lang was […]

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