Jazz

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

Remembering the Musicians Felled by COVID-19

This continuing feature honors the musicians taken from us by the coronavirus.

Songs of Protest & Healing: Meshell Ndegeocello on the Gospel of James Baldwin

Songs of Protest & Healing: Meshell Ndegeocello on the Gospel of James Baldwin

How the cultural and literary icon continues to deliver lessons of freedom, humanity and humility.

Songs of Protest & Healing: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on ‘Shallow Water’

Songs of Protest & Healing: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah on ‘Shallow Water’

The visionary trumpeter finds his personal and ancestral heritage in an Afro New Orleanian anthem.

Ennio Morricone’s Mythic West

Ennio Morricone’s Mythic West

Throughout his marathon career, the late composer provided a guidebook to distilling story, legend and image into sonic form.

Tony Bennett: I Will Be Remembering Johnny Mandel

Tony Bennett: I Will Be Remembering Johnny Mandel

Our finest jazz and traditional-pop singer reflects on his collaborations with the late, great composer-arranger.

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

“A Very Powerful Thing Our Ancestors Gave Us”: A Conversation With Jon Batiste

In a new single and in the streets, the pianist and bandleader furthers the great tradition of black American protest.

Jazz, the Blues & the LGBTQ Roots We Ignore

Jazz, the Blues & the LGBTQ Roots We Ignore

The beginnings of American popular music were anything but overwhelmingly straight.

Beautiful Momentum: Remembering Jimmy Cobb

Beautiful Momentum: Remembering Jimmy Cobb

Guitar champion Peter Bernstein remembers a mentor, friend, colleague and icon.

Essays  / Jazz
Jazz They’ve Got: Hip-Hop & Improvised Music’s Unbreakable Union

Jazz They’ve Got: Hip-Hop & Improvised Music’s Unbreakable Union

Five albums that demonstrate the myriad ways jazz sounds are currently percolating through hip-hop.

Keith Jarrett @ 75: Ecstatic Spontaneity on ECM

Keith Jarrett @ 75: Ecstatic Spontaneity on ECM

“Jarrett’s true gift is cumulative exponential improvisation…”

Jazz & COVID-19: Artist-to-Artist Tributes

Jazz & COVID-19: Artist-to-Artist Tributes

Key tracks selected and annotated by current jazz greats.

Lee Konitz: 1927 – 2020

Lee Konitz: 1927 – 2020

Inside a career spent making revelatory melodic and harmonic discoveries, night after night, for seven decades.

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