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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…

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
Chuck Berry
The Double Helix Of Rock & Roll

An abridged version of an essay on Chuck Berry, published in Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, adapted from a talk delivered at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. As Mr. Tate puts it, "…the Real Architect of Rock & Roll, the Mas…

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…

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…

Endangered Musical Heritage As A Wicked Problem
Endangered Musical Heritage As A Wicked Problem

The issue of the widespread decline and loss of musical heritage has recently found increasing prominence in ethnomusicological discourse, and many applied projects from grassroots to international levels strive to support g…

I Am the Chosen One
I Am the Chosen One
Zubir Abdullah and the Far World of Maqam in Singapore
  • Joint Symposium of ICTM Study Groups on Maqām & Music in the Arab World (Ankara, Turkey, 2014)
  • Dr. Gisa Jähnichen
  • English2014
  • Article

Singapore’s history is strongly connected to the Malay World which surrounds the small Island at the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia. The Malay world itself is a place of economic, ethnic and religious crossroads inhabited by var…

Strictly Second Line
Strictly Second Line
Funk, Jazz, and the New Orleans Beat

In 1976, filmmaker Maurice Martinez asked Mardi Gras Indian Chief Jake Millon to describe the characteristic rhythm that underlies the music of black New Orleans. “Some people call it funk,” Millon replied, “but to us it’s strictly secon…

Jimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and Chicago BluesJimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and Chicago Blues
Jimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and Chicago Blues

A previously unpublished interview with legendary guitarist Jimmy Rogers from August 28, 1996 where he talks with Jas Obrecht about a variety of subjects.An under-sung hero of the blues, Jimmy Rogers played an essential r…

Swingin’ IndiaSwingin’ India
Swingin’ India
The Colonial and Postcolonial Diffusion of Jazz in India

Material from the private archives of Roy Butler, a black American saxophonist who lived in Bombay and Kolkata, elucidates the history of the diffusion of jazz in India. This music, initially reserved for the colonial elite, was soon ado…

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