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Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

Read "Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy" reviewed by Doug Hall


If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece--Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future

Read "Jazz in Cleveland: A Storied Past, Surviving Present, and an Optimistic Future" reviewed by Matthew Alec


Cleveland, Ohio. Having lived here for my entire life, the word “city" does not quite describe what Cleveland truly is. There is of course a downtown urban area, one filled with noteworthy neoclassic architecture and an overall stately appearance that is often overlooked by those who live here. That said, most “Clevelanders" don't actually live within ...

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L'Altra America nella narrativa di Toni Morrison

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Tema centrale nella narrativa di Toni Morrison, premio Nobel per la letteratura (1993), è la descrizione delle strutture emotive profonde e del comune sentire dell'America nera, di cui viene mirabilmente ricostruita la memoria collettiva. Il fine—spiega la scrittrice nel suo Giochi al buio—è l'affermazione del punto di vista afroamericano, che la storiografia ha ...

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La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez

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Articolo originariamente pubblicato nel marzo 2003 e ora riproposto in occasione del mese dedicato al contributo femminile al jazz Per la sua spiccata componente di oralità, la Jazz Poetry è probabilmente l'espressione che meglio di altre connota—insieme al jazz stesso—l'esperienza artistica afroamericana del '900, in quanto trait d'union fra improvvisazione e composizione scritta.

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Chick Corea: The Passing Of A Giant

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The passing of a giant in all categories of jazz. Chick Corea, NEA Jazz Master, 22-time Grammy Award winner, keyboard virtuoso as pianist, composer and arranger has earned, by contribution and breadth of musicianship, all the accolades, awards and recognition. If ever the title applied: a legendary figure in jazz. Beyond Corea's range of solo compositions ...

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Albert Ayler. Un ardito sogno futuristico

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Come una meteora, Albert Ayler ha attraversato il firmamento della musica neroamericana, dal 1962 al 1970. E ha lasciato il segno. Una traccia presente e attiva tutt'oggi, nell'operato di numerosi musicisti che dedicano il proprio lavoro all'improvvisazione e alla ricerca di un'autenticità dell'espressione artistica. L'apparizione del sassofonista nel mondo del jazz, una vera epifania, ...

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Frank Kimbrough: From Now to Forever - A Remembrance

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On December 30, 2020, pianist Frank Kimbrough passed away at the age of 64. True to form, 2020 wreaked havoc until the end. The cause of death was not Covid-19, but the shock at the untimely loss of a revered artist was not any less powerful. Frank Kimbrough had the rare gift of touching ...

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Fela Kuti: King Grenade

Read "Fela Kuti: King Grenade" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer


His Dark Majestic. Fela Kuti was born royalty, despite coming from a middle class family. One of those gifted spirits whose very presence teems with potency, Olufela Olusegun Oludan Ransome-Kuti (Fela to his friends and fans) was majestic, arresting the attention or desire of all who encountered him. He was also a rousing rebel, ...

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Tom Waits: Ringmaster Of The Elegant Riot

Read "Tom Waits: Ringmaster Of The Elegant Riot" reviewed by Mick Raubenheimer


[For Tammi Tam.] Somewhere change is jingling, there is an accordion moaning softly in some corner somewhere, a barstool is creaking--somewhere foul glasses are being grimly emptied... The dark eerie carnival is rising once more--hurry your children into safe dreams, lock the wine cabinet; tuck your long-lost sweethearts into forgettance. Tom Waits ...

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Claire Cowan: Jazz in Ballet

Read "Claire Cowan: Jazz in Ballet" reviewed by Martin McFie


Composer Claire Cowan has been writing film scores since 2007. She branched out from her film work to accept a commission from the Royal New Zealand Ballet company, producing a completely new score for the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel." An old lady living in the woods who fattens up children with gingerbread to ...


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