Wednesday, February 11, 2015
"I feel that in a band situation, you should have a really deep connection between the members," says the trombonist, whose Washington, D.C.-area bandmates connect on and off the bandstand.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Could anyone have predicted the first and second place finishers in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll? The poll master certainly didn't — and he voted for both of them.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jimmy Greene's new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. "She showed love," he says, "to everybody she came in contact with."
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Jazz's highest-profile competition recently crowned a new victor in a star-studded gala. But for the Thelonious Monk Institute, competition is only a small part of its desire to be back out West.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The artist-run Vision Festival, now in its 19th year, remains as staunchly committed to its mission as ever. But as its audience ages, it's sowing seeds of community outreach and childhood education.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.
Friday, April 18, 2014
By Adam Ragusea
Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Matthew Stevens has mostly moved on from his shelved debut recording — but one tune remains in rotation. He explains how Tony Williams and a certain pop hit influenced his unconventional "Emergence."
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
In January, Harris Eisenstadt spent two weeks studying percussion in Matanzas and Havana. Here's what he gained from the experience.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Growing up in Denver, Rudy and Shamie Royston dreamed about moving to a jazz hub like New York. After a few welcome delays to teach and raise a family, they're beginning to pursue careers as performing musicians.
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Facing no interest from record labels, jazz bassist Mimi Jones made two albums under her own imprint. Along the way, she signed two "amazing, bad-ass" musicians — who also happen to be black female instrumentalists.