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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 ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

A response to yet another senseless public murder of a Black Citizen by officers of the law

Read "A response to yet another senseless public murder of a Black Citizen by officers of the law" reviewed by Wynton Marsalis

With the crescendo of public outcry and proliferation of opinions and justifiable expressions of outrage by so many experts, officials and popular celebrities, I fear there's little room or need for yet another person voicing a commonly held opinion. I also believe that the everyday tragedies that are commonplace and routine to our everyday ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Black Lives Matter, Black Culture Matters

Read "Black Lives Matter, Black Culture Matters" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Black lives matter. I am a jazz writer, so my lens on this truth is in some respects through music. The protests sweeping the country—and globe—are potent and necessarily focused on ending racial violence and police brutality. The images we see with increasingly open eyes of the barbaric treatment of African Americans are changing perceptions and ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

On Missing Live Jazz

Read "On Missing Live Jazz" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

This pandemic has snatched much from us through its reign of disease and death. We have lost family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances to COVID-19. Millions have lost jobs or fear losing them. By all accounts, the whole thing stinks. We try to cling to what remains, and we hope and pray for restoration. How ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Can Jazz Survive COVID-19? China Has Tested the Waters

Read "Can Jazz Survive COVID-19? China Has Tested the Waters" reviewed by Jiaowei Hu

In the coming weeks, Frank Sinatra's line “I wanna wake up in a city that doesn't sleep" from “New York, New York" may not strike a chord. On March 17, the epicenter of jazz ground to a halt. By the decree of governmental enforcement, all jazz venues in jny: New York City announced closures ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

New Media, Jazz and Camille Bertault

Read "New Media, Jazz and Camille Bertault" reviewed by Steve Provizer

A recent headline in Fortune.com read: “Why 'Success' on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty." Hundreds of thousands, even millions of views often result in meaningless royalty checks to musicians from YouTube (owned by Google). And yet, there are musicians whose videos on that platform, combined with a Facebook and Instagram presence, have either created ...

Bolden: A Movie Review And Beyond

Read "Bolden: A Movie Review And Beyond" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Bolden Directed by Daniel Pritzker Abramorama; King Bolden LLC Release Date: May 3, 2019 Bolden is a film about jazz legend and cornetist Buddy Bolden, released on May 3rd, 2019. There was only one theater playing it in Manhattan, all the way on 12th Avenue and 57th St. ...

ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

Columbia Releases Miles Davis: The Rest

Read "Columbia Releases Miles Davis: The Rest" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The can't-miss box set of the year Miles Davis: The Rest completes Columbia Records' thorough excavation of the great trumpeter's session work. As the press release notes, “Columbia was proud to offer eight steel-spine box sets of Davis' sessions, followed by our 70-disc Complete Studio Albums Collection, followed by our The Genius Of Miles Davis set ...

ARTICLE: HIGHLY OPINIONATED

Blue Note's Tone Poet Series

Read "Blue Note's Tone Poet Series" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

With CD-quality streaming a reality for those with butch internet and money to burn, and vanilla streaming the reality for almost everyone else, digital music has never seemed less collectable. Why clutter your Marie Kondo-approved home with jewel boxes when much (though heaven knows not all) of the digital catalogue is available on tap? While compact ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

Jazz and Assault Rifles: A Peace Barrage

Read "Jazz and Assault Rifles: A Peace Barrage" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

I just participated in the March 24 “March for Our Lives" event in Philadelphia, one among many cities where the Parkland, Florida Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootout led to a large turnout of people advocating for an end to school violence and greater gun control, including, for many, the banning of assault rifles. You may ...


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