The 10 funkiest jazz fusion jams of all time

The 10 funkiest jazz

From George Duke through to Herbie Hancock and beyond, dig deep into these jazz-funk classics.One of the most telling things about an artist’s innovative acumen is their ability to rework and fuse the pillars of jazz music within the bounds of their own creations. Today, we look at ten of the funkiest jazz-fusion tracks ever […]

Oran Etkin’s global jazz journeys and the magic of Timbalooloo

Oran Etkin's global jazz

“It’s really about connections,” Oran Etkin says. “The connections with the people that I meet in different places and creating connections between these different places.” As you can see, Etkin is a musician who doesn’t like to create in a vacuum. The multi-reedist travels the globe in order to have one-of-a-kind musical experiences, and whether […]

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Jazz Bass

love jazz bass

There’s a clip circulating on social media where Charles Mingus, arguably the most famous jazz bassist of all time, is asked what he’s saying through his instrument on the bandstand. His answer, profane and hilarious, isn’t fit to print here, but it’s fitting for the so-called “Angry Man of Jazz.” I’ve often wondered if Mingus’s […]

On Andra Day’s ‘Cassandra (Cherith),’ a Soaring Voice Reaches Inward

andra day

The tart, bluesy quaver in Andra Day’s voice has a long heritage. It bends the well-tempered notes of the European scale into idiosyncratic microtones and mocks any inflexible rhythm. It reaches back through Jazmine Sullivan, Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Esther Phillips, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith and of course Billie Holiday. Day won a […]

5 Ways AI Has Already Changed the Music Industry

5 ways AI

“Fake Drake” and similar controversies have gotten most of the attention, but not all uses of artificial intelligence in music are cause for concern. Hype around artificial intelligence has been higher this year than any time since The Terminator, with implications ranging anywhere from dating app messages to doomsday predictions. In music, excitement and hysteria has […]

Meet The Next Jazz Legacy Class Of Women And Non-Binary Jazz Stars

Meet The Next Jazz Legacy

Next Jazz Legacy, created by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz And Gender Justice, to bolster the opportunities and education for women and non-binary jazz musicians in professional settings, has named its third class of seven honorees to comprise the 2024 class. The program, which pairs the diverse honorees with a mentor […]

Acclaimed Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini dies at age 82

Acclaimed Italian pianist

Maurizio Pollini, a Grammy-winning Italian pianist who performed frequently at La Scala opera house in Milan, has died. He was 82. Pollini died on Saturday, La Scala said in a statement. The announcement didn’t specify a cause of death, but Pollini had been forced to cancel a concert at the Salzburg Festival in 2022 because […]

How a Pioneering Jazz Musician and Teacher Spends Her Sundays

Pioneering Jazz Musician

There weren’t many female jazz musicians when Carol Sudhalter started her career. Now she spends her Sundays sharing what she has learned. Although Carol Sudhalter’s first love was the flute, she was also seduced by the saxophone early in her career as a jazz musician. “Playing different instruments allows me to expand my emotional palette,” […]

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