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Jazz • Improv
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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.…

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 …

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…

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…

China GrooveChina 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…

Deep Dive with Lewis PorterDeep Dive with Lewis Porter
Deep Dive with Lewis Porter

Since 2017, historian, author, musician, and educator, Dr. Lewis Porter has brought his extensive knowledge and insight to an online jazz history series from WBGO. Occasionally features guest writers.The following articles have be…

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…

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