The year was 1935. The Great Depression was tailing off, Miami hosted the inaugural Orange Bowl, and Little Havana's Ball & Chain opened its doors. For the next two decades, the club became among the Magic City's most popular venues, a place where legends Billie Holiday and Chet Baker crooned the ni ... More >>
Asked to sum up New Jersey's Everymen in a single sentence, singer and six-stringer Mike V says the band's got "the hips of the E Street, the balls of Rocket From the Crypt, the heart of the Replacements, the soul of Reigning Sound, [and] the livers of Guided By Voices." If that's not enough, he a ... More >>
Despite once being "an essential mid-20th century] stopover on the Southern tour circuit for legends like Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole," Miami was never a straight-up jazz town. Our city's always been more about the crooners, salsa, disco, booty bass, freestyle, street rap, and e ... More >>
It's been about 100 years since that quintessentially American art form known as jazz music was invented by a mostly nameless gang of raw and adventurous trumpeters, trombone blowers, clarinetists, tuba men, guitar guys, bassists, piano players, and drummers in New Orleans. In the 1910s, though, ou ... More >>
Overtown once rocked with the sounds and soul of musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie. A hotbed of music and culture, Overtown's heyday has passed, but not entirely. This neighborhood just northwest of downtown Miami is being revitalized, with help from Amy Rosenberg ... More >>
Not many swing bands boast an axe man who's a fan of Rush. Then again, when the original swing bands were around, prog rock wasn't even the horizon, let alone a dream in some long-haired Canadian's mind. Oddly enough, the swing bands got along fine without it. Though truth be told, the genre might s ... More >>
He keeps the tradition alive.
On the current southern tour of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the 16-piece band is focusing on the 70th anniversary of the original Blue Note records. The New York-based label founded by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis in 1939 that became seminal for musicians like Thelonious Monk, John C ... More >>
Dan Doormouse and the men of Somia Music are rebels in their own minds
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Legends of Jazz
Jazz titan Sam Rivers keeps on blowing
Jesse Jones, Jr., at home with his instrument
Hold on, Roomful of Blues is comin'
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Groove Jammy 2 (32 Jazz)
A requiem for some heavyweights that have tussled with the wrecking ball and lost
The Texas Tenor train keeps a-rollin', next stop Illinois
Roomful of Blues's Doug James rewinds and fast forwards
Saxman Eric Allison and band titan up in tribute to the Big Three
From the Third Ward to the Third World, Johnny Clyde Copeland lives a continuing blues adventure
Lonnie Smith moves from organ to piano, past to present
You can't keep a Goodman down, not even with allegations of tyranny and racism.
Just how popular is Juan Luis Guerra? If you have to ask, you haven't been listening.