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The Bad Plus: Jazz Standouts

From The Rolling Stone Review: Jazz Standouts the Bad Plus Weather a Lineup Change With Grace on ‘Never Stop II’ By: Hank Shteamer Never Stop – The Bad Plus’ first album of all originals, and also their strongest full-length up to that point – was an obvious mid-career milestone. The sequel is another. The Bad Plus’ third covers-free set, it’s also their first to feature a lineup change, with Orrin Evans stepping in for co-founder Ethan Iverson on piano. Still, the album couldn’t sound more consistent with the core Bad Plus M.O., which has always been about putting distinctive, memorable songs first and letting them guide the band’s exploratory, idiosyncratic improvisations. The trio’s performance follows a classic jazz form, with the theme bracketing a brief, understated Evans solo, and King keeping simple time on brushes. No one musician stands out; instead, it’s the song that’s the star – a sign... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 19th, 2018 in News

Grammy Choir to Grammy Nominee

From Jazzmeia Horn: Past GRAMMY Choir Member Now A GRAMMY Nominee By: Tim McPhate The Texas native has been dubbed a “singer to watch out for” and her GRAMMY-nominated debut album, 2017’s A Social Call, was described as striking... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 19th, 2018 in News

LBM: The World Stage

From Daily News-Miner Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Message Resonates Across the World Stage and in Fairbanks By: Julie Stricker Five decades after South African farmboy Joseph Shabalala established a singing group to entertain audiences and protect the musical heritage of black... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 19th, 2018 in News

Recreating Goodman's "Most Important Concert"

From NPR How Benny Goodman Orchestrated ‘The Most Important Concert In Jazz History’ By: Tom Vitale By 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman was already known as “The King of Swing” — the leader of the most popular dance band in America... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 17th, 2018 in News

United States Artists' Fellowship Award

From United States Artists 2018 Fellows We believe in artists and their essential role in our society. Each year, we award up to fifty $50,000 unrestricted fellowships to the most compelling artists working and living in the United States, in... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 17th, 2018 in News

Sweet Honey in the Rock's Four Decades of Music

From NPR Music We Who Believe In Freedom Shall Not Rest: Sweet Honey In The Rock’s Four Decades Of Music And Freedom By: Kim Ruehl Live, Sweet Honey often sits in chairs, in a line across the front of the... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 16th, 2018 in News

Etienne Charles: The Sound of a People

From Trinidad and Tobago: Newsday Charles Shows the Sound of a People By: Lisa Allen-Agostini “We’re here because we love real Carnival,” said Etienne Charles at the opening of his panel discussion and screening of two music videos of pieces... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 16th, 2018 in News

"Family Show": Caetano Veloso

From Correio Em ‘Show Familiar’, Caetano e Filhos Celebram a Música e o Passar do Tempo By: Marília Moreira “Ter filhos foi a coisa mais importante da minha vida adulta”, diz Caetano. “Quero cantar com eles pelo que isso representa... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 15th, 2018 in News

2018 Grammys - Best Children's Album

From 2018 GRAMMY Nominations: Best Children’s Album Roundup By: Renée Fabian Ladysmith Black Mambazo Known for their rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies, which they lent to Paul Simon’s GRAMMY-winning album Graceland in 1986, South African men’s choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 13th, 2018 in News

How the blues saved David Sanborn

From ABC7NY How the blues saved legendary musician David Sanborn By: Sandy Kenyon Jazz legend David Sanborn has a career that spans half a century. He’s won six Grammy awards and played along side everyone from James Brown to the... Read The Full Article

Posted Jan 12th, 2018 in News

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