Alina Bloomgarden believes that music education can reduce recidivism. Many renowned jazz artists have joined her cause.
In a wide-ranging career, he went from playing percussion with Miles Davis to writing and producing sleek R&B to a long stint on political talk radio.
Throughout the pandemic, the music’s flexibility has become an asset. Where will artists take it next?
Hear tracks by Sofia Kourtesis, Remble, Caetano Veloso and others.
Collections from labels like Fania and Armabillion, icons including Ray Charles and J Dilla, and living artists such as Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Radiohead were welcome additions this year.
A host of outstanding duet albums emphasized musicians not only collaborating but truly listening to each other.
Fresh seasonal releases from Kelly Clarkson, Bryson Tiller, Nat King Cole and Pistol Annies span genres and generations.
For decades, he performed, taught and toured with unflagging devotion. He also helped to lay the foundation for the widespread academic study of jazz.
In a year of continued uncertainty, musicians held their colleagues, and listeners, close.
The intensity of the jazz legend’s music has always inspired passion, but in the 1960s, one group of devotees was so stirred they founded a church in his name.
Less isolation didn’t mean a return to normalcy. Albums with big feelings and room for catharsis made the most powerful connections.
He began playing professionally as a child, worked with some of jazz’s biggest names in the late 1950s, and remained a leading figure in the music for the next 60 years.
She recorded “Take a Picture” in 1968, but it died when she declined to tour. Three decades later, adventurous listeners discovered it and gave it a new life.
A jazz musician snagged the most nominations, and the Weeknd, an artist who said he’s boycotting the awards, found his name on the ballot.
The Recording Academy, which expanded the top competitions to 10 slots, announces its first ballot since ending its heavily criticized review committees in nearly all categories.
Artists, albums and songs competing for trophies at the 64th annual ceremony are being announced on Tuesday. The show will take place Jan. 31 in Los Angeles.
A gifted jazz pianist and a singer with a limited range but a distinctive voice, he wrote mostly for grown-ups but reached his largest audience on “Schoolhouse Rock!”
He was one of the genre’s most acclaimed players when brain surgery left him with no memory. But he recovered and made music for another three decades.
“Iphigenia,” an update of the ancient Greek myth eight years in the making and decades in the dreaming, will begin a run of performances this month.
This once-tranquil Midtown shrine of formal French dining has a new feel, as Philippe Masson prowls the floor (and tabletops) in a vigorous jazz act.
Acquired taste is often richer than, as it were, the easy score.
A long-buried private recording of the suite, captured in October 1965, allows listeners to experience more sides of the musician than some major albums in his catalog.
Few composers have broader stylistic reach. But on a new album, “A Prayer for Lester Bowie,” he makes it all cohere.
There has always been cultural melding between white and Black America.
Two critics discuss Terence Blanchard’s “Fire,” the Metropolitan Opera’s first work by a Black composer.
Adept at blending the sophistication of jazz with the earthy appeal of rhythm and blues, he was later widely sampled by hip-hop artists.
As musical director for the bands behind Mr. Brown and also Van Morrison, Mr. Ellis helped forge new hybrids, meshing pop, jazz, R&B and more.
For half a century, he was in constant demand, backing big names like Oscar Peterson as well as countless up-and-coming performers.
A tuba player and the leader of the Hot 8, one of New Orleans’s high-profile brass bands, he brought music to his fellow citizens in the difficult days after the storm.
A group of older Cuban musicians recorded some of their favorite songs in 1996, and the album became an unlikely blockbuster. How do we hear it a quarter-century later?
He brought jazz (and later folk music) to Newport, R.I., and made festivals as important as nightclubs and concert halls on jazz musicians’ itineraries.
The son and grandson of Latin jazz royalty is releasing a new album with his quartet Stranger Days, and it’s their most melodically engaging yet.
His radio programs, most notably on Columbia University’s WKCR, were full of minutiae he had accumulated during a lifetime immersed in the genre.
Listen to Louis Armstrong’s sweetness, Miles Davis’s wild squall, Handel’s Baroque majesty and other favorites.
The chop turns string players into beatboxers. After it developed organically over decades, musicians are making new efforts to notate it.
In a band that defined debauched rock ’n’ roll, he was a quiet, dapper jazz fan. But their unusual chemistry defined the rhythm of the Stones, and of rock.
For decades, the Tangier home of Abdellah El Gourd has been a wellspring of the Gnawa musical tradition and a place of pilgrimage for jazz performers. But it has fallen into deep disrepair.
Hear tracks by Lizzo featuring Cardi B, Machine Gun Kelly, Brandee Younger and others.
The composer and cornet player Bix Beiderbecke changed music forever in a very short life. A restored documentary from the ’80s goes into the details.
Two performances by the trumpeter and pianist are collected on “In Harmony,” a new double album that takes on standards via a fresh lens.
Hear tracks by Griff, Kidd G, Masayoshi Fujita and others.
Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.
Mr. Koester’s Delmark Records and his Chicago record store were vital in preserving and promoting music the big labels tended to overlook.
Hear tracks by Olivia Rodrigo, Tony Allen, L’Rain and others.
With “Inventions/Reinventions,” Dan Tepfer fills out Bach’s missing two-part inventions with daring free improvisations.
To watch LaTasha Barnes dance is to watch historical distance collapse.
Hear tracks by Rostam, Marcellus Juvann, Gogo Penguin and others.
Mr. Sorabjee was a constitutional expert and free speech advocate who served two stints as the nation’s attorney general. He died of the coronavirus.
His new album, “Jesup Wagon,” is a tribute to another polymathic figure who insisted on cutting his own path: George Washington Carver.
Hear tracks by Willow featuring Travis Barker, girl in red, DJ Khaled featuring Cardi B, and others.