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Tyshawn Sorey, A Musical Shapeshifter, Wins MacArthur ‘Genius’ Prize

The wide-ranging composer, drummer, pianist and trombonist has been defying easy category since childhood. Now only 37 years ...


Grady Tate, Prodigious Jazz Drummer And Noted Vocalist, Dies At 85

The drummer was a first call for many of the finest singers of the 1960s and ’70s, including ...


Shocking Omissions: Matana Roberts’ Sublime And Triumphant ‘River Run Thee’

On River Run Thee, Roberts immerses herself and the listener in a history of anguish, and channels it ...


Veronica Nunn On Piano Jazz

Hear the jazz singer demonstrate her soulful technique in this 2008 episode hosted by Marian McPartland.