Five Minutes That Will Make You Love Duke Ellington

We asked jazz musicians, writers and others to tell us what moves them. Listen to their choices.

#ellington-duke, #jazz, #music

Give Duke Ellington the 1965 Pulitzer Prize

An overdue reckoning worth reckoning with.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #classical-music, #ellington-duke, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jazz, #lamar-kendrick, #smithsonian-institution

Where Is Jazz Most at Home?

The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which the music is most likely to grow.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #jazz, #stabile-meghan

‘What New York Is All About’: Welcome Back to the Piano Bar

On any night of the week, New Yorkers can be found in piano bars that carry on the city’s tradition of live performance.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #jazz, #music, #new-york-city, #pianos, #pop-and-rock-music

Chick Corea, the Master Mixer of Jazz’s Past and Future

An eclectic array of musicians will gather in New York to celebrate the pianist’s legacy. Five collaborators and admirers discuss his experiments, artistry and generosity.

#blades-ruben, #corea-chick, #fleck-bela, #jazz, #mcbride-christian, #moran-gayle, #rosnes-renee

Why the Grammys Couldn’t Resist Jon Batiste

The jazz pianist is an inheritor more than an innovator, but he puts the past to use in service of fun, blending genres and embodying the pleasures of his hometown, New Orleans.

#batiste-jon-1986, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #we-are-album

2022 Grammy Awards Winners: Updating List

The list of winners for the 64th annual Grammy Awards.

#blues-music, #classical-music, #folk-music, #gospel-music, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #pop-and-rock-music

Debating the Grammys’ Biggest, Oddest Category

Only in record of the year could Lil Nas X and Olivia Rodrigo face off against Abba and Tony Bennett. Our critics break down all 10 nominees in a new “Diary of a Song” video.

#abba-music-group, #anderson-paak, #batiste-jon-1986, #bennett-tony, #bieber-justin, #caesar-daniel-singer, #carlile-brandi, #dlamini-amala-zandile-doja-cat, #eilish-billie, #giveon-1995, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #lady-gaga, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #mars-bruno, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #silk-sonic-music-group, #sza-singer

Where Jazz Lives Now

The jazz club, with its dim lighting and closely packed tables, looms large in our collective imagination. But today, the music is thriving in a host of different spaces.

#angry-raymond, #arts-for-art-inc, #bars-and-nightclubs, #blue-note-jazz-club-manhattan-ny, #charles-melanie-jean-baptiste, #jazz, #jazz-gallery-manhattan-ny, #nublu, #parker-william-1952, #public-records-brooklyn-ny-music-venue, #restaurants, #ross-joel-musician, #smalls-manhattan-ny-music-venue, #village-vanguard

How to Toilet-Train Your Cat

Tired of an overflowing litter box? Charles Mingus has a pamphlet for that.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #cassavetes-john, #cats, #jazz, #mingus-charles

Ron Miles, Understated Master of Jazz Cornet, Is Dead at 58

He enjoyed the admiration of his fellow musicians for decades, but he had just been starting to find his place in the spotlight.

#blue-note-records, #deaths-obituaries, #denver-colo, #jazz, #metropolitan-state-university-of-denver, #miles-ron

Conrad Janis, Father on ‘Mork & Mindy’ and Much More, Dies at 94

His role on the hit sitcom was just one of more than 100 film and television credits; he was also a fine jazz trombonist and co-owner of an art gallery.

#actors-and-actresses, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #janis-gallery, #janis-conrad-1928-2022, #jazz, #morkmindy-tv-program, #movies, #television, #theater

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Album Tackles a Newer Archive: Her Own

The vocalist who dares to take on older music with unsavory history turns inward on “Ghost Song,” her most revealing and rewarding album yet.

#content-type-personal-profile, #ghost-song-album, #jazz, #salvant-cecile-mclorin

Romeo Santos’s Melodramatic Return, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Jack Harlow, Flock of Dimes, Tame Impala and others.

#asa-1982, #c-tangana-1990, #calder-kathryn, #canelita-1989, #de-novelda-daviles, #dingman-chris, #frontperson-music-group, #giovanni-nikki, #harlow-jack-rapper, #hole-sigurd, #hurray-for-the-riff-raff-music-group, #jackson-javon, #jazz, #latin-music, #lucid-ambar, #montes-omar-1988, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #santos-romeo, #sheeran-ed, #tame-impala-music-group, #wasner-jenn-1986, #williams-jeffery-lamar-young-thug, #yeat-2000

An Exhilarating Set of Cecil Taylor’s Jazz Arrives, 49 Years Later

A performance recorded at Town Hall in 1973 went unreleased, partly because of its length. A digital-only release this week includes the 88-minute track “Autumn/Parade.”

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #cyrille-andrew, #jazz, #taylor-cecil, #the-complete-legendary-live-return-concert-album, #town-hall-manhattan-ny

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran Up the Ante, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Jazmine Sullivan, Brandee Younger, Caroline Polachek and others.

#central-cee-1998, #dejohnette-jack, #deland-helena, #dlamini-amala-zandile-doja-cat, #ibeyi-music-group, #iverson-ethan, #jackson-brian-r-1952, #jazz, #kasai-allstars-music-group, #lavette-bettye, #odesza-music-group, #polachek-caroline, #pop-and-rock-music, #portugal-the-man-music-group, #pusha-t, #rap-and-hip-hop, #sheeran-ed, #sullivan-jazmine, #swift-taylor, #younger-brandee-1983

Jazz Freed Keith LaMar’s Soul. Can It Help Him Get Off Death Row?

With concerts and a new album, musicians are trying to draw attention to the case of an inmate, convicted in the death of five other prisoners, who they believe deserves a new trial.

#capital-punishment, #content-type-personal-profile, #jazz, #lamar-keith, #marques-albert, #ohio, #prisons-and-prisoners

A Hallowed London Jazz Club Comes to Life Onscreen

The new documentary “Ronnie’s” tells the story of a venue that reshaped the city’s jazz scene, and the mysterious musician who lent it his name.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #jazz, #king-pete-1940-2020, #london-england, #murray-oliver-filmmaker, #ronnie-scotts-jazz-club-london-england, #ronnies-movie, #scott-ronnie

On ‘The 7th Hand,’ Immanuel Wilkins Sees Jazz as an Escape Pod

The alto saxophonist’s second album is blues-based, gospel-infused, intellectually considered music that secures his quartet’s commanding status on the scene.

#blue-note-records, #jazz, #saxophones, #the-7th-hand-album, #wilkins-immanuel

Remembering Greg Tate, Critic and Catalyst

Conversations with two of his contemporaries about the fertile scenes he covered, and the indelible impression he left.

#black-people, #flyboy-in-the-buttermilk-essays-on-contemporary-america-book, #jazz, #rap-and-hip-hop, #tate-greg-author

5 Classical Music Albums You Can Listen to Right Now

Recordings of Brahms, Haydn, Grieg, Nikolai Kapustin and George Walker are among recent highlights.

#academy-of-st-martin-in-the-fields, #andsnes-leif-ove, #brahms-johannes, #classical-music, #davidsen-lise, #dupree-frank-musician, #jazz, #kapustin-nikolai-1937-2020, #lewis-paul-1972, #marriner-neville, #music, #walker-george-t-1922-2018

A Knockout Country-Rap Crossover, and 13 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Nilüfer Yanya, Gayle, John Mellencamp and others.

#bladee-1994, #duvignau-gui, #ecco2k-1994, #frisell-bill, #gayle-2004, #horn-jana, #invt-music-group, #jazz, #key-glock-rapper, #kidd-g, #kourtesis-sofia, #mellencamp-john, #pop-and-rock-music, #puth-charlie-1991, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rossen-daniel, #uwade-singer, #villamizar-kiko, #yanya-nilufer, #ynw-bslime-rapper

Taylor Mac Explores the Philosophy of the Hang

A new jazz opera reimagines Socrates’ final hours. Expect queer romps, ancient Greek in-jokes and plenty of tulle.

#ard-kenneth, #edmonson-kat, #here-arts-center, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #jazz, #mac-taylor, #machine-dazzle-costume-designer, #queen-esther-musician, #ray-matt, #smith-niegel, #the-hang-play, #theater, #transgender-and-transsexuals

How the Head of a Jazz Nonprofit Spends Her Sundays

Alina Bloomgarden believes that music education can reduce recidivism. Many renowned jazz artists have joined her cause.

#bloomgarden-alina, #content-type-personal-profile, #jazz, #music-on-the-inside-nonprofit, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

James Mtume, Whose ‘Juicy Fruit’ Became a Hip-Hop Beat, Dies at 76

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.

#deaths-obituaries, #jazz, #juicy-fruit-song, #mtume-james-1946-2022, #open-line-radio-program, #radio, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music

2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation

Throughout the pandemic, the music’s flexibility has become an asset. Where will artists take it next?

#audio-neutral-informative, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floating-points-music-group, #jazz, #sanders-pharoah

15 Songs We Almost Missed This Year

Hear tracks by Sofia Kourtesis, Remble, Caetano Veloso and others.

#al-qadiri-fatima, #babytron-musician, #blake-johnathan-1976, #cico-p-rapper, #dj-maphorisa-musician, #folk-music, #jazz, #jenkins-cassandra-singer, #kabza-de-small-musician, #kourtesis-sofia, #mabiland-musician, #mosseri-emile, #msimango-sandile-young-stunna, #munroe-marley-lady-blackbird, #pop-and-rock-music, #ran-cap-duoi-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #remble-rapper, #sinephro-nala, #smith-kaitlyn-aurelia, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #veloso-caetano, #wade-morgan-singer

27 Best Box Sets of 2021: A Trip Through Pop, Rap and Jazz

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.

#almost-famous-movie, #armabillion-recordz, #armstrong-louis, #barrett-thomas-lee-1944, #beach-boys, #beat-farmers-the-music-group, #beatles-the, #blues-music, #bush-tetras-music-group, #cassidy-eva, #changui-the-sound-of-guantanamo-album, #charles-ray, #crowe-cameron, #dunn-willie-1941-2013, #dylan-bob, #fania-records, #folk-music, #glenn-copeland-beverly, #harrison-george, #j-dilla-1974-2006, #jazz, #klf-the-music-group, #nevermind-album, #nirvana-music-group, #outkast, #pop-and-rock-music, #rb-in-dc-1940-1960-album, #radiohead-music-group, #rap-and-hip-hop, #replacements-the-music-group, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rolling-stones, #simone-nina, #smith-wadada-leo, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #who-the-music-group, #wilson-brian-1942

For Jazz Musicians in 2021, Two Was the Magic Number

A host of outstanding duet albums emphasized musicians not only collaborating but truly listening to each other.

#courvoisier-sylvie-1968, #floating-points-music-group, #gendel-sam, #halvorson-mary, #jazz, #muhammad-ali-shaheed-1970, #sanders-pharoah, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #wilkes-sam-musician, #younge-adrian

13 New Christmas Albums That Reimagine Holiday Songs

Fresh seasonal releases from Kelly Clarkson, Bryson Tiller, Nat King Cole and Pistol Annies span genres and generations.

#a-charlie-brown-christmas-album, #a-different-christmas-album, #a-sentimental-christmas-with-nat-king-cole-and-friends-cole-classics-reimagined-album, #a-very-shehim-christmas-10th-anniversary-deluxe-edition-album, #christmas, #christmas-au-chalet-album, #clarkson-kelly, #cole-nat-king, #edmonson-kat, #fallon-brian, #for-christmas-album, #guaraldi-vince, #hell-of-a-holiday-album, #holiday-swingin-a-kat-edmonson-christmas-vol-1-album, #i-dream-of-christmas-album, #james-jose, #jazz, #jones-norah, #merry-christmas-from-jose-james-album, #night-divine-album, #perry-steve, #pistol-annies-music-group, #pop-and-rock-music, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #robinson-joe-1991, #shehim-music-group, #shires-amanda, #the-season-album, #tiller-bryson-1993, #when-christmas-comes-around-album

Barry Harris, Pianist and Devoted Scholar of Bebop, Dies at 91

For decades, he performed, taught and toured with unflagging devotion. He also helped to lay the foundation for the widespread academic study of jazz.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #detroit-mich, #education-k-12, #harris-barry, #jazz

Best Jazz Albums of 2021

In a year of continued uncertainty, musicians held their colleagues, and listeners, close.

#arts-year-in-review-2021, #brennan-patricia-musician, #ewart-douglas-r, #floating-points-music-group, #gendel-sam, #iduma-emmanuel, #jazz, #jesup-wagon-album, #lewis-james-brandon-1983, #migration-of-silence-into-and-out-of-the-tone-world-album, #moran-jason-1975, #ofarrill-adam, #parker-william-1952, #promises-album, #reed-mike-1974, #sanders-pharoah, #serpa-sara, #smith-wadada-leo, #spalding-esperanza, #stranger-days-music-group, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #visions-of-your-other-album, #wilkes-sam-musician

The Canonization of Saint John Coltrane

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.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #churches-buildings, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #coltrane-john, #holiday-issue-2021, #jazz, #music

Best Albums of 2021

Less isolation didn’t mean a return to normalcy. Albums with big feelings and room for catharsis made the most powerful connections.

#adele-singer, #aftab-arooj, #alejandro-rauw, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #baker-julien-1995, #benny-the-butcher-rapper, #bitchin-bajas-music-group, #black-midi-music-group, #blues-music, #bomba-estereo-music-group, #conway-the-machine-rapper, #cortez-jhay-singer, #dacus-lucy-1995, #del-rey-lana, #dlamini-amala-zandile-doja-cat, #dry-cleaning-music-group, #eilish-billie, #floating-points-music-group, #folk-music, #guyton-mickey, #illuminati-hotties-sarah-tudzin, #jazz, #kidd-g, #laferte-mon, #low-music-group, #moctar-mdou, #moneybagg-yo-1991, #moriondo-chloe, #mustafa-1996, #pearce-carly-1990, #pinkpantheress, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #russell-allison-singer, #sanders-pharoah, #snail-mail-music-group, #spalding-esperanza, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #tyler-the-creator, #walker-summer-singer, #weather-station-music-group, #west-kanye, #wise-josiah-serpentwithfeet, #wolf-remi

Slide Hampton, Celebrated Trombonist, Composer and Arranger, Dies at 89

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.

#colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #hampton-slide, #jazz, #national-endowment-for-the-arts, #trombone

Margo Guryan, Whose Album Drew Belated Acclaim, Dies at 84

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.

#deaths-obituaries, #guryan-margo-1937-2021, #jazz, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #spanky-and-our-gang-music-group, #sunday-morning-musical-work

Grammys Snubs and Surprises: Kacey Musgraves, Jon Batiste and Abba

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.

#abba-music-group, #batiste-jon-1986, #country-music, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #musgraves-kacey, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #recording-academy, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #tiktok-bytedance, #west-kanye

Jon Batiste and Young Chart-Toppers Lead 2022 Grammy Nominations

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.

#abba-music-group, #batiste-jon-1986, #bieber-justin, #certified-lover-boy-album, #country-music, #dlamini-amala-zandile-doja-cat, #donda-album, #drivers-license-song, #eilish-billie, #grammy-awards, #jay-z, #jazz, #lil-nas-x-rapper, #mason-harvey-jr-1968, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #recording-academy, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rodrigo-olivia-2003, #sour-album, #wilson-gabriella-her

Grammy Nominations 2022 Announcement: Updating List

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.

#classical-music, #grammy-awards, #jazz, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #recording-academy

Dave Frishberg, Jazz Songwriter and ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Contributor, Dies

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!”

#deaths-obituaries, #frishberg-dave, #jazz, #music, #schoolhouse-rock-tv-program

Pat Martino, Jazz Guitarist Who Overcame Amnesia, Dies at 77

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.

#deaths-obituaries, #guitar, #jazz, #martino-pat-1944-2021, #memory, #seizures-medical

How Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter Realized His Dream: an Opera

“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.

#content-type-personal-profile, #iphigenia-opera, #jazz, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #opera, #shorter-wayne, #spalding-esperanza

La Grenouille NYC: Classic Cuisine and the Owner’s Lusty Crooning

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.

#jazz, #la-grenouille-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #masson-philippe, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #music, #restaurants

Go See These Black Operas

Acquired taste is often richer than, as it were, the easy score.

#blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #classical-music, #folk-music, #internal-sub-only, #jazz, #opera, #race-and-ethnicity

What a Rare, Live ‘A Love Supreme’ Reveals About John Coltrane

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.

#a-love-supreme-live-in-seattle-album, #coltrane-john, #jazz

David Sanford’s Music Has Flown Under the Radar. It Shouldn’t.

Few composers have broader stylistic reach. But on a new album, “A Prayer for Lester Bowie,” he makes it all cohere.

#a-prayer-for-lester-bowie-album, #boston-modern-orchestra-project, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #jazz, #music, #sanford-david-1963

Cultural Appropriation Can Be Beautiful

There has always been cultural melding between white and Black America.

#arlen-harold, #berlin-irving, #black-people, #blue-angel, #blues-music, #internal-sub-only, #jazz, #music, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater

Jazz and Opera Come Together in ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’

Two critics discuss Terence Blanchard’s “Fire,” the Metropolitan Opera’s first work by a Black composer.

#blanchard-terence, #classical-music, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #jazz, #metropolitan-opera, #opera

Lonnie Smith, Soulful Jazz Organist, Is Dead at 79

Adept at blending the sophistication of jazz with the earthy appeal of rhythm and blues, he was later widely sampled by hip-hop artists.

#blue-note-records, #deaths-obituaries, #jazz, #organs-musical, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #smith-lonnie

Pee Wee Ellis, James Brown’s Partner in Funk, Dies at 80

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.

#brown-james-1933-2006, #deaths-obituaries, #ellis-pee-wee, #funk-music, #jazz, #morrison-van, #music, #rhythm-and-blues-music