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Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin personified ragtime; he was its chief champion, the figure most closely associated with its composition. It was Joplin's short, hard-driving melodies- -and the syncopated backbone he furnished them—that helped define the musical parameters of ragtime, a style that gave voice to the African American experience during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sadly, for all his accomplishments in putting a new musical form on the map, Joplin spent his final years madly obsessed with a fruitless crusade to enter, if not conquer, another arena: opera, the staid, classical venue accepted by a white community that had for so long ridiculed ragtime as cheap, vulgar, and facile black music. Many of the details of Joplin's life, like much of his music, have been lost to history

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Pete Malinverni & Juliet Kurtzman: Candlelight: Love In The Time Of Cholera

Read "Candlelight: Love In The Time Of Cholera" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Gabriel García Márquez is a Columbian author whose novel Love In The Time Of Cholera forms part of the title of this duo recording by jazz pianist Pete Malinverni and classical violinist Juliet Kurtzman. The theme of the novel is about love found, lost and found again, while the musical program presented here keeps the love ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

David Broza: En Casa Limon

Read "En Casa Limon" reviewed by Kyle Simpler

If any instrument captures the spirit of Spain, it is the guitar. Performers such as Tomatito and Paco De Lucia have helped bring flamenco guitar to a global audience, and both have recorded albums at the Casa Limón Studios in Madrid. This studio has a certain mystique about it, and is where David Broza recorded En ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists

Read "Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

[The following is a commentary on pianist Richie Beirach's 2020 e-book The Historical Lineage of Modern Jazz Piano: The 10 Essential Players (Conversations between Richie Beirach and Michael Lake), downloadable for free here.] Jazz piano has always garnered (no intended reference to Erroll Garner) special interest among the instruments because it is truly an ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Diane Schuur, Scott Joplin, Carmen Lundy and More!

Read "Diane Schuur, Scott Joplin, Carmen Lundy and More!" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with Jazz legend Diane Schuur who shares how she is living with the COVID-19 jazz shutdown and talks about her new upcoming CD Running on Faith. Prior to the silence of live jazz, we caught up with Jae Sinnett to discuss a rich life in music and his latest album. Enjoy the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 6" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Jazz Immuno-Booster mixtape series continues. This sixth installment features musical therapy selections by Thana Alexa, Francesco Bigoni, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Kris Davis, Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura, Alexander Hawkins, Will Holshouser, Ha-Yang Kim, Michael Mwenso, Jessica Pavone, Mark Turner, Happy listening! Stay safe and sane with the help of great ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Touch of Your Lips, Part II: Touch and Tone Color in Jazz Piano

Read "The Touch of Your Lips, Part II: Touch and Tone Color in Jazz Piano" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 As mentioned in Part I, tone color took on a prominent role in classical music in the 19C. The Romantic composers like Wagner, Strauss, Berlioz, Chopin and many others were, I think it is fair to say, somewhat obsessed with it. The composers before them were ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: The Pearls

Read "The Pearls" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's Interesting that Ellery Eskelin chose time as the subject of his liner notes essay for this release, because his music has always had a feeling of timelessness about it. His discourse ranges from concrete sundials to wrist watches and atomic clocks to the abstraction of music's swing and stop-time improvisations. Without diving too deep into ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Savannah Music Festival 2019

Read "Savannah Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA March 28-April 2, 2019 The opening day of this 30th edition of the Savannah Music Festival featured a pronounced bombardment of diverse artists, tearing apart the motor controls of the driven sonic obsessive. If a pair of ears lends equal attention to Louisiana zydeco, Saharan ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

Read "Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...


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