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Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin Quickens The Pulse, with Talk of 'Pursuance: The Coltranes'Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin Quickens The Pulse, with Talk of 'Pursuance: The Coltranes'
Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin Quickens The Pulse, with Talk of 'Pursuance: The Coltranes'

Lakecia Benjamin stepped out on faith to produce her latest work, exhausting her savings to bring it to fruition. Here, Benjamin speaks with WBGO's Keanna Faircloth about her new album, 'Pursuance: The Coltranes'. The recording features …

'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams
'Drag 'Em': How Movement Shaped The Music Of Mary Lou Williams

What did it mean for Williams to "roll" from one blood red state to the next at one of the crucial, early moments in her career as an avant-garde jazz pianist who moved from innovating swing to bebop to orchestral experiment…

A Conversation with Jazz Legend Ron CarterA Conversation with Jazz Legend Ron Carter
A Conversation with Jazz Legend Ron Carter

Frank Prosnitz interviews Ron Carter in advance of his appearance with his trio at the Newport Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 3 2019.…

Jus’ LedJus’ Led
Jus’ Led
Master of Slack: The Legacy of Led Kaapana

Now 70, after more than thirty albums and ni Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, slack key guitar master Ledward Kaapana is still a down-to-earth kid from Kalapana.Led puts his rich baritone and piercing falsetto to stunning use on …

John Coltrane’s Spiritual High PointJohn Coltrane’s Spiritual High Point
John Coltrane’s Spiritual High Point

A fascinating article about John Coltrane, his monumental work, "A Love Supreme", and featuring Coltrane biographer, David Tegnell. The following is a brief excerpt:On recordings like Crescent, Meditations, and A Love Sup…

European JazzEuropean Jazz
European Jazz
A Comparative Investigation into the Reception and Impact of Jazz in Interwar Paris and the Weimar Republic

Both Paris and the Weimar Republic were fascinated with American jazz in the interwar period. Because of jazz's connection to African American culture, this fascination is linked with the themes of identity and race relations. This work …

Blues Expressiveness and the Blues Ethos
Blues Expressiveness and the Blues Ethos

In classroom settings, I begin my survey of the blues literary tradition with a sequence entitled “Origins, Definitions, and Myths,” offering students not just my own take on the blues, but relevant writings by Steven C. Tra…

From Juke Joints to Jazz Jams
From Juke Joints to Jazz Jams
The Political Economy of Female Club Owners

The history of jazz and blues is tied up with the spaces owned and curated by female proprietors. Early jazz making was supported by enterprising women who would host lawn parties at their residences in New Orleans. The blues develop…

Finding MekiaFinding Mekia
Finding Mekia
Hawaii's Mekia Kealakai & the World’s Most Famous Acoustic Guitar

Luther Kilin Reece traced the origin of the world’s most famous acoustic guitar, and it led him straight to a forgotten Hawaiian virtuoso.Through his dogged research sifting through archives in Hawai‘i and on the Main…

Wayne Shorter, "The Newark Flash," Recalls His Formative Years in the Ironbound and BeyondWayne Shorter, "The Newark Flash," Recalls His Formative Years in the Ironbound and Beyond
Wayne Shorter, "The Newark Flash," Recalls His Formative Years in the Ironbound and Beyond

Wayne Shorter on his early years in Newark, New Jersey, and onward, in an insightful article by Nate Chinen for WBGO.Growing up in the Ironbound District of Newark, New Jersey, Wayne Shorter savored almost nothing mor…

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