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Renegade or Retrograde: Questioning Little Richard's Legacy

Read "Renegade or Retrograde: Questioning Little Richard's Legacy" reviewed by Jacob Bloomfield

In the many retrospectives on rock musician Little Richard since his death on 9 May 2020, some major narratives have emerged: he has been alternatingly cast as a queer forefather in the tradition of Oscar Wilde; a transgressive figure who broke racial, gender, and/or sexual boundaries; and a music pioneer largely defined by his influence on ...

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Umbria Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Umbria Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Thomas Conrad

Umbria Jazz Festival 2014 Perugia, Italy July 11-20, 2014 There are many jazz festivals held in beautiful places. There are many festivals that run for 10 or more days and consistently offer first-rate programs. There are even a few that claim a history as long as 41 years. But there is ...

Duke Ellington Tames The Savage Beasts: Lions and Tigers and Bears (and Gazelles!)

Read "Duke Ellington Tames The Savage Beasts: Lions and Tigers and Bears (and Gazelles!)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

I begin this edition of Old, New, Borrowed and Blue with a confession. I have an unabashed love for the music of Duke Ellington. From his brilliantly scored compositions, to the singular instrumental personalities in his band(s)--with Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton and Johnny Hodges ranking at the top of my list--Ellington seems to transcend the “big band" ...


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