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After years as the reigning voice in gospel music, Sam Cooke burst onto the pop scene with the 1957 release of his million-selling single, “You Send Me.” The song's innovative blend of Gospel, Pop, and R&B earned him the title of "The Man Who Invented Soul.” In addition to being an accomplished singer, songwriter and producer, Sam Cooke is remembered as the first artist to take a political stand and refuse to sing to segregated audiences. He also recognized the politics of the music industry early in life. At a time when record labels often left even the most talented and successful artist broke and penniless, Sam Cooke was one of the first artists, black or white, to buck the system and demand ownership of his career

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II

Read "Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz Societies, Part 1 briefly traced the preservation and interpretation of jazz from the oral history of its West African roots through academic and cultural institutions. The article included an overview of jazz societies and foundations that further the fostering of jazz education. The organizations vary in scope, size ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Flocks: Mask of the Muse

Read "Mask of the Muse" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It was probably inevitable that the start of the 2020's would see something of a comeback for the Roaring Twenties of the last century. You could say that puts Ben Flocks ahead of the curve for releasing this homage to mark the change of decade... well, except that it's not just rooted in the previous gilded ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz Societies, Part I: The Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation

Read "Jazz Societies, Part I: The Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 The oral history traditions of West African griots led the preservation and interpretation of music that would become the fundamentals of jazz. In previous Under the Radar columns we looked at institutions that further the cause of safeguarding the genre; university-level academic programs and jazz museums whose hands-on experiences, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Read "Monty Alexander: Still Rolling" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love at NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Christine Connallon

Dionne Warwick with Special Guest Darlene Love NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 27, 2019 Darlene Love, born Darlene Wright, is an American singer and actress who discovered her voice while singing in her church at the age of 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Gospel gave her a foundation and ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Anthony Jefferson: A New Orleans Vocalist At Home In The Dominican Republic

Read "Anthony Jefferson: A New Orleans Vocalist At Home In The Dominican Republic" reviewed by Fernando Rodriguez

New Orleans native Anthony Jefferson began singing during childhood in an environment rich in blues, jazz, and R&B, later studying classical repertoire at the California Institute of the Arts and continuing at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Prior to forming his own band, Jefferson shared the stage with artists such as Mark Rapp, Willie Jones ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Darrian Ford: New Standards

Read "New Standards" reviewed by Geannine Reid

New standards is a term that is often thrown around in jazz. As in all genres, there are articulate writers, with songs that stand the test of time, and others who simply fade into the background. Enter a new artist on the jazz scene, Darrian Ford. New Standards is Ford's debut full-length album ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa

Read "Michael Lington At Blue Note Napa" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Michael Lington Blue Note Napa Napa, CA October 7, 2017 Danish saxophonist Michael Lington and company presented a genuinely rousing evening of contemporary jazz music and a few surprises at the inviting Blue Note Napa venue. The exhilarating second set also included a few tracks from his current Second Nature album ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Autumn 2017

Read "Autumn 2017" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column consisting of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note as well as spotlights on those titles in the genre that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Jim Yanda Trio Regional Cookin' Corner Store Jazz2017 There's an uncanny similarity ...


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