Monday night’s presentation of the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters fellowships, coming under the shadow of a proposed presidential budget that would eliminate the NEA outright, mixed politics with grace.
“It can be maddening to deal with a political environment where it seems like the truth has no purchase anymore,” says Darcy James Argue, the hyper-literate composer who leads the Secret Society, a postmodern big band. Argue has spent a lot of time recently thinking about that maddening environment — not just as a matter […]
The brilliant trumpeter Lee Morgan, whose shocking and untimely death at the age of 33 is at the center of I Called Him Morgan, doesn’t star in this documentary so much as haunt it.
The exuberant young singer’s acrobatic voice becomes another instrument in a hybrid Cuban-Crescent City parade.