The TikTok social media platform was created in 2017 but it wasn't until 2020, with the help of a global pandemic, that the app really took off. It has amassed tremendous growth with over 100 million active users each month—and that's in the U.S. alone.By Joseph Vella | Interview
What does it take to be a griot? According to the dictionary, griots are a 'member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems...By William H. Snyder | The Revolution Will NOT Be Televised
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina proved an excellent choice as host city for Beyond Europe, the latest initiative from Europe Jazz Network. The three-day music conference, Beyond Europe Sarajevo 2022, in conjunction with Jazz Fest Sarajevo....By Ian Patterson | Live Review
Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale's The Lights Are Always On (Challenge Records, 2022) is a suite of compositions that reflects on the tumultuous period of history we live in. Through the chaos, though, she offers a message...By Anya Wassenberg | Catching Up With
So much to hear and so little time. The immensity of the recording legacy of John Coltrane as leader, co-leader and side player can be daunting for newcomers and long-time fans alike. Without needing to argue for the place of Coltrane's oeuvre...By Steve Cook | Building a Jazz Library
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