Jason King

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Aretha Franklin Knew How To Make Us Laugh, Too

Saturday, August 18, 2018

The Queen of Soul had quite the sense of humor.


Detangling Frank Ocean's 'Blonde': What It Is And Isn't

Monday, August 22, 2016

We got two writers, Ann Powers and Jason King, going back and forth on what they've found in the reclusive singer's third album.


A Critical Conversation About Frank Ocean's 'Endless' Video Album

Friday, August 19, 2016

As listeners everywhere process it in real time, two NPR Music critics trade notes on Ocean's confounding new release.


With 'In My Room,' Jazz Phenom Jacob Collier Is Bringing Jubilation Back

Monday, July 11, 2016

The YouTube star's virtuosic debut album, actually recorded in his room in the house where he was raised, reveals a young artist unafraid of gleefully trying it all.


Still Would Stand All Time: Notes On Prince

Sunday, April 24, 2016

No black artist who came before him aggregated so many diverse people in the service of anti-normativity and perverse polymorphism; the world is a better and richer place for it.


Maurice White: The Audacity Of Uplift

Friday, February 05, 2016

All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind & Fire who transitioned on Thursday at 74 after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease — gifted us with ...


Natalie Cole: Underappreciated But Never Forgotten

Friday, January 01, 2016

It may be some sort of cosmic sign — or maybe just cruel irony — that only a few nights after a video clip of Aretha Franklin performing a rousing rendition of Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman" on CBS' The Kennedy Center Honors broadcast went ...


Grammy Award-Winning Singer Natalie Cole Dies At 65

Friday, January 01, 2016

Natalie Cole, the Grammy award-winning singer and daughter of Nat King Cole, has died at 65.


T-Pain: Giving Us Something We Can Feel

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Might as well get right to it. Yes, T-Pain can sing. He always could sing. He is, in my opinion, a very good singer. I would even encourage you to consider T-Pain an excellent singer. Your reasons for thinking he might not be an excellent singer, however, would not necessarily ...


First Listen: Miguel, 'Wildheart'

Monday, June 22, 2015

There's a venerable tradition of Los Angeles soul music—not just R&B crafted by California-born musicians like Etta James and Brandy, but the litany of wistful songs about La-La Land and its deferred dreams, from Dionne Warwick's 1968 "Do You Know the Way to San José" to Rufus featuring Chaka Khan's ...


Someday We'll All Be Free: 100 Hours Of Soulful Protest Music

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Between noon Wednesday and 4 pm on Sunday (all ET), we're turning over our R&B and soul channel to protest music. These songs are timely and relevant and useful. We live and work in hope that one day our need for them will not be so acute. "I'll Take You ...


A Selection Of Hot Tunes To Get You Through The Cold Weather

Friday, February 20, 2015

Some hot music to warm up cold ears, courtesy of Jason King, host of "I'll Take You There", a 24-hour R&B channel from NPR Music.


D'Angelo At The Apollo: We Were All Here Before

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We were all here before. Rising up out of the subway onto 125th Street, it strikes me that I should come uptown to Harlem more often. The Popeye's on 125th and St. Nicholas Avenue is still there, offering the same crispy bird parts and sodium-heavy buttermilk biscuits; it's still the ...


I'm Rick James: 15 Hours Of The Funk Supernova's Best Songs

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The inimitable Rick James' birthday was Feb. 1. We're celebrating with a limited edition takeover of "I'll Take You There," the 24/7 R&B and soul channel from NPR Music. Curated and hosted by Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, the playlist runs ...


Living Just Enough For The Music

Friday, November 14, 2014

For the past week two durable R&B icons have been chasing each other around the arenas of the Northeast. Tonight Stevie Wonder plays Chicago; Usher will take the same stage there on Monday. This quirk of routing allowed me to catch them on consecutive nights in ...


Shamir, 'On The Regular'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

At 19 years old, Northtown Las Vegas native Shamir smirkily identifies on his Twitter page as a "musician, comedian, singer, rapper, twerker, chef, writer, filmmaker, tumblr, skinny fat ass." A Muslim-raised punk aficionado and electronic music experimentalist, Shamir has been awash in hipster buzz since former Pitchfork-staffer Nick ...


For The Love Of Black Music

Thursday, July 17, 2014

It still surprises me that a few of my colleagues who regularly attend music festivals like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Budweiser Made in America still haven't heard of, or don't seem to know much about, the annual Essence Festival, held every July 4th weekend in ...


We're Still In Love With Al Green

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Arguably the pre-eminent male soul singer of the 20th century, Arkansas-born Al Green shot to fame in the 1970s on a string of deeply Southern, arch-soulful hits in collaboration with Memphis producer Willie Mitchell like "Let's Stay Together" and "I'm Glad You're Mine." When the hits dried up, he become ...


5 Songs That Tell The Story Of R&B In 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Especially given the juggernaut success of Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience albums, 2013 was a big commercial year for all things R&B and soul music. But you can't exactly call it a banner year artistically. 2013's biggest records were blue-eyed soul artists strategically looking in the rearview mirror: besides JT's MJ ...


Resisting Becoming An Entrepreneur

Friday, October 04, 2013

Singer-songwriter Alina Simone and NYU professor Jason King discuss the entrepreneurial pressure faced by independent musicians. 

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