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A 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’ Led
Jus’ Led
Master of Slack: The Legacy of Led Kapana

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 …

European 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 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 Beyond
China Groove
China Groove
The Jazz Scene In China's Capital, Beijing Is Booming

Beijing’s jazz scene is in full swing.There’s already a jazz scene in Beijing, as I discover during a weeklong immersion. Small but bustling, that scene is now approaching a turning point, and the Blue Note will surely pl…

70s Jazz in the Contemporary Classroom
70s Jazz in the Contemporary Classroom
A View from New York City

Adapted from the introduction:In the major narratives of jazz history, the 1970s seem to hold little of value. This is hardly an original observation. Yet a quick look at the contemporary scene reveals multiple e…

Rhythmic Syllables
Rhythmic Syllables
Introduction, Analysis and Conceptual Approach in Carnatic Music of South India

This article explores the rhythmic alphabet of the Carnatic System along-with its analysis, concepts and its applications. A concept-based application has lesser chances of failures during a performance and offers immense scope for impro…

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