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 [...]
Horace Silver is another one of the true originals in jazz. All jazz musicians strive to have a unique, identifiable sound, and Horace achieved that early on in his career. His percussive, hard-driving style is recognizable within a few notes and his compositions are some of the most well crafted and beloved in jazz history. [...]
Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school which bears his name.
Sam Rivers is another of those musicians who’s profile is huge among musicians and almost non-existent among non-musicians. His contributions to jazz as a player, composer and host of jazz “loft” shows cannot be overstated. He was an early adopter of free jazz and combined very outside playing with compositions with structure in new ways [...]
O’Farrill’s new album transforms big-band Latin jazz into something familiar, but with a new look. Its music moves forward in a subtle and graceful way that’s likely to have a lasting impact.
Gretchen Parlato is one of the most exciting vocalists to come along in years. She has a unique, breathy delivery that immediately brings the listener into her intimate world. She’s won almost every award you can think of since her debut album in 2005, and her latest album, The Lost And Found has been hailed [...]
Performing Eartha Kitt’s music, the jazz singer says, isn’t just hero worship: It’s a window into how power, seduction and vulnerability intertwine.
It’s a gorgeous sun-filled day here in Seattle, and I can feel summer coming! The weather put me in mind of one of the greatest jazz documentaries of all time, “Jazz On A Summer’s Day.” Bert Stern documented the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in a film that has incredible cinematography, amazing music, and no dialog [...]