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 >>
"I was there before reggae," says Monty Alexander, speaking of his native Jamaica, in a way that's perfectly balanced between humble admission and matter-of-fact declaration. "I was playing in the studios of Kingston Jamaica, with the masters of Jamaican music, The Skatalites, before they were The ... 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 >>
Dancehall, soca, and protests
Robert Thomas, Jr.
Steel-pan jazz man remembers bass legend and friend Jaco Pastorius
Miami scenesters sound off