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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…

William Parker’s Abstract Grooves Collected In Box Set

By Kevin Whitehead Steve Lacy used to say that the right partner can help you make music you couldn’t get to by yourself….

27 Years Ago, Keith Jarrett Was A One-Man Band

By Banning Eyre Keith Jarrett is a jazz legend. His catalog of recordings includes solo piano improvisations, trio and quartet works, classical performances,…

Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

By NPR Staff Most music fans will recognize the title of Ben Allison’s new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today, as a…

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