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 […]

Waterbury native wins Grammy for jazz album

waterbury native

A Waterbury native is now a Grammy Award winner! Nicole Zuraitis, a jazz singer and songwriter won her first Grammy — “Best Vocal Jazz Album” on Sunday night for her album “How Love Begins”. “When I get on stage, that’s where I want to be, I feel the most confident, that’s where I feel to […]

Playing a musical instrument good for brain health in later life

Playing a musical instrument

Playing a musical instrument or singing could help keep the brain healthy in older age, UK researchers suggest. Practising and reading music may help sustain good memory and the ability to solve complex tasks, their study says. In their report, published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, they say music should be considered as part of […]

The Saxophone Master Shabaka Hutchings Is on a Fresh Journey: Flutes

Saxophone Master

The British musician is an artist in residence at Winter Jazzfest in New York this week, playing an instrument group that he first picked up in 2019. As Shabaka Hutchings led a concert tribute to Pharoah Sanders in early December, he returned to a familiar equation: funneling gallons of air through his tenor saxophone, transforming […]

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