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Why One Saxophonist Covered His Idol

Steve Lehman’s new album Dialect Fluorescent ends with a song called “Mr. E,” a composition written by jazz ...


Cecil Taylor: The Pianist Who’s Also An Orchestra

He broke all the rules of jazz and improvised music — and that was in the 1950s. Now ...


The World-Class Jazz Club Run By Volunteers

The Vortex in London is a 100-person venue which recently hosted the Vijay Iyer Trio and the BBC. ...


Louis Armstrong: With Love And Grace, A Final ‘Hello’

In one of his final performances, Armstrong used “Hello Dolly” to convey the joy of being alive.