Like his father, Warren Shadd was a jazz musician and a piano technician. Then he decided to build a prototype instrument, went to a gospel music convention, and suddenly had more than 1,000 buyers.
When Jimi Hendrix released the song “Foxy Lady” as part of the “Are You Experienced” album in 1967, it was like this whole package of psychedelia had dropped from the sky. It came out of nowhere. Many had never heard music that sounded like this, or even of Hendrix, for that matter. But within a [...]
Regina Carter has been pushing the limits of what jazz violin can be. Last time Ms. Carter was in the Jazz24/KPLU studios, she had just released her album, Reverse Thread: Kanou and N’teri, which explored African music in a fresh new way. On this visit to Seattle, with guitarist Marvin Sewell and bassist Jesse Murphy, she had [...]
It’s hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker and Carlos Santana. But such was the resumé of Armando Peraza after almost 70 years of making music.
Hear the prodigiously gifted jazz guitarist perform songs with his bassist and percussionist, recorded live on stage in Morgantown, W.Va.
With this year’s International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.
Today is International Jazz Day. UNESCO created this celebratory day in 2011 to promote “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.” The centerpiece of the celebration is a concert that has already taken place in Osaka, Japan, featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi, John Beasley [...]