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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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Sax Great Jimmy Heath ‘Walked With Giants,’ And He’s Still Here

In the room he uses as a practice space and office in his apartment in Corona, Queens, Jimmy Heath recalls a hit record…

Yusef Lateef Is Dead at 93

Few jazz musicians balanced intellect and instinct, head and heart, as effectively or seamlessly as Yusef Lateef, who died at 93 on Monday,…

Robert J. Appel Pledges Unprecedented $20 Million Gift to Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced an unprecedented gift of $20 million from Robert J. Appel, the organizations Chairman of the Board of Directors….

Wade In The Water: 5 Jazz Takes On Spirituals

By David Brent Johnson The African-American religious folk songs known as spirituals grew out of the slavery experience and the introduction of Christianity…

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