Paris has always had a strong affinity with jazz, and there’s a wealth of venues to hear trad, modern and avant garde music. Here, performers, producers and critics pick their favourite clubs Paris has swung to the rhythms of jazz for nigh on a century.
Charles Bobo Shaw, a jazz drummer from St. Louis who worked with major figures of the 1960s and ’70s jazz avant-garde, died on Monday in St. Louis. He was 69. His death, at a hospice, was confirmed by the trumpeter George R. Sams, a friend and frequent collaborator, who said that Mr.
The following essay contains SPOILERS for La La Land. The signature image of Damien Chazelle’s La La Land — the one that adorns all of its posters and trailers, and this post as well — is of its two stars, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, dancing in the hills of Los Angeles.
I grew up in a musical vacuum, mostly limited to traditional piano lessons and whatever albums my parents listened to. Some other bits of music trickled in over the radio or from movies and TV—Christmas music, children's songs—but the selection was pretty small by any standard.
Last night, Run the Jewels hit Echostage in Washington D.C. for a rescheduled concert, after a water main break forced them to cancel their initial “Run the World” Tour date.
The death of Nat Hentoff at 91 on Jan. 7 was, to me, one final act of defiance. According to his son Nicholas, Hentoff left us in the company of that which he loved dearly—surrounded by family, listening to Billie Holiday recordings.
Why does The Caterpillar Lab only have 44 subscribers? Caterpillars set to smooth jazz, like these gorgeous stinging rose caterpillars checking each other out, make this New Hampshire nonprofit a hidden gem. Lots more info at their website.
The endangered Corsica Studios crouches under the railway arches of Elephant and Castle Station, a clubbers’ hideaway in southeast London.
“It’s always fun to talk about jazz,” says Clint Eastwood. That’s an undeniable fact. Jazz is amazing and unique genre, which influenced the development of other ones as rock, funk and rap. Despite being labeled nowadays as something “vintage”, Jazz is a “recent” form of music.
But Gunther Schuller, who passed away on June 21 of this year, wasn’t having it. As president of the New England Conservatory for a decade, Schuller wanted audiences and student performers to experience the best of both worlds—so he brought jazz into the curriculum.
Breaking out of your daily routines can be a powerful way to unlock great new ideas, both personally and professionally. Jazz musicians and improv comedians are often masters at this idea of breaking from routine and taking a novel approach.
If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices.
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A generation of jazz musicians has grown up with hip-hop in its blood.
Visionary hip-hop producer J Dilla never found mainstream success during his brief lifetime. But in the seven years since his death, Dilla — who would have turned 39 today — has come to represent a major inflection point on hip-hop's evolutionary tree.
Miles Davis died in 1991, but his influence on music is still being felt. The new film Miles Ahead, produced, co-written, directed by and starring Don Cheadle, is giving a new audience a fresh take on one period in the musician's career. Davis himself wasn't the most humble about his musical sway.
They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity.
Remember Galton’s experiments on visual imagination? Some people just don’t have it. And they never figured it out. They assumed no one had it, and when people talked about being able to picture objects in their minds, they were speaking metaphorically.
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Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has dissected A Moon Shaped Pool tracks in a new interview with NPR’s Bob Boilen.
Tokyo Jazz Joints is a visual chronicle of an insular world, where time ceases to exist; spaces removed from the speed and chaos of the modern urban landscape.
The Jazz have crossed the line from curious to frustrated in imagining what their injury-riddled team might do if it could finally get healthy.
What the limits of the universe have to do with the history of jazz and the secret of happiness. Last week, I was reorganizing my library and realized that some of my favorite books are ones that introduced me to subjects I either admired but knew little about or was unaware of altogether.
Jazz has inspired a great many things, and a great many things have inspired jazz, and more than a few of the music’s masters have found their aspiration by looking — or listening — to the divine. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they subscribe to traditional religion.
Moments before taking the stage at the Newport Jazz Festival in late July, Norah Jones paused to reflect on her ties to the tradition it represents. “Sometimes I feel like a jazz dropout, you know?” she said in her trailer, wearing a floral print summer dress.
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The following story is featured in the latest issue of our print quarterly, The Pitchfork Review. Subscribe to the magazine here. In the summer of 1963, a tenor saxophonist named Albert Ayler moved into a room in a flat owned by his aunt, across the street from St. Nicholas Park in Harlem.
In the summer of 1965, in the midst of the civil rights movement, simmering racial tensions erupted in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, leading to 34 deaths, hundreds of destroyed buildings, and thousands of arrests.
When Americans travel abroad, the culture shocks tend to be unpleasant. Robert Locke’s experience was different. In buying a charming if rundown house in the picturesque German town of Goerlitz, he was surprised – very pleasantly – to find city officials second-guessing the deal.
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When jazz emerged in the early decades of the 20th century as music of liberation, entertainment and modernism, it provoked a backlash among cultural and religious-establishment figures, many of whom went so far as to suggest that it was "the music of the devil.
We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.
Breaking out of your daily routines can be a powerful way to unlock great new ideas, both personally and professionally. Take, for example, Miles Davis’s 1959 album, Kind of Blue, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz albums of all time.
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Jazz is the ultimate instrumental music. Not only does it not contain lyrics, you also won’t be distracted by catchy melodies. Sound Sunday equips you with a selection of modern jazz recordings, including fusion jazz and electro jazz.
It is so true that music really does soothe the savage beast. It can also help you to be more productive at work. It doesn’t matter what type of music you listen to. As long as it is something you enjoy, listening to music can make the work day go a lot faster.
Few jazz musicians inspire more respect or demand more attention than John Coltrane. Elvin Jones , Coltrane's drummer in "The Classic Quartet" (1961-65), said that most people who listen seriously to John Coltrane's music eventually acquire all of his recordings.
Common critical consensus has free jazz reaching the end of its ‘glory years’ in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The cab is late to pick me up for my first day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, but I’m in no rush, and the driver is worth the wait.
On a late October afternoon in South Central Los Angeles, Kamasi Washington was facing what is for him an increasingly familiar problem: making a lot of big ideas fit into a single space, even one as large as the nearby Club Nokia, a rock-star-size venue where he would be performing in December.
Esperanza Spalding is an unlikely figure in the 21st century, a vocalist and bass player who rose to national prominence by singing and performing jazz music.
The director Damien Chazelle’s notion of artistic power isn’t merely inseparable from his notion of will power; it’s the very embodiment of it—louder, faster, and alone are his standards of musical quality. The drummer in his 2014 film “Whiplash” doesn’t play well with others.
Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 85. The cause was cardiac arrest, a family representative said.
Hyperlapse, Instagram's standalone video app that debuted this past August, is touted for its ability to make dead simple time lapses. But if you really want to enjoy the best feature of Hyperlapse, don't speed up the footage.
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Clark Terry is one of the living legends of this music. He has played with every big name in jazz over the last half-century from the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, to Ella Fitzgerald…the list could go on forever.
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Among the things often said of Ron Carter — that he’s one of the most influential and widely recorded bassists in history, a distinguished professor of music, a multiple Grammy winner and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master — there’s one that may not be said often enough.
"Man," says Miles Davis, "I haven't been sketching in so long. Maybe two, three weeks. Usually when I get to sketching – I get so involved I stop practising my horn. So when I get a job, I can't touch it. Hey David!" Miles calls over to his genial manager.
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The world, without any kind of psychedelic interjection, insists on repressing its strangeness so that it can maintain its clean self-image. The world is very vain: obsessed with symmetry, success, the utility of effective things.
‘One of the most baffling things about America,’ Amiri Baraka wrote in 1963, ‘is that despite its essentially vile profile, so much beauty continues to exist here.’ Perhaps, he wondered, ‘it is because of the vileness, or call it adversity, that such beauty does exist.
Jazz is one of music’s most divisive genres. To its fans, jazz can be a poetic, almost spiritual exploration of music’s possibilities.
The finest in jazz since 1939. Among the most influential and important record labels of all time, Blue Note have marked their 75th anniversary this year by launching an extensive reissue campaign that aims to make 100 classic and contemporary Blue Note titles available on vinyl once more.
We’re fascinated by lists. Other people’s lists. Even the ones left behind in shopping carts are interesting (Jarlsburg, Gruyere and Swiss? Must be making fondue.) But it’s the lists made by famous people that are the really good stuff.
Mose Allison had a sharp eye for the way the world works, and doesn't. The pianist, singer and composer's acerbic lyrics, syncopated piano playing and distinctive southern drawl were beloved by jazz fans — and by the British rockers who covered his songs, from The Who to The Clash to Van Morrison.
I’ll never forget my first introduction to jazz music. The year was 1999 and I was watching the movie Runaway Bride starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. The scene came up where Robert’s character sneaks into Gere’s hotel room and finds a Miles Davis cassette tape.
So my question is, does it even make sense to put everything under one brand? We’re hesitating to create too many brands, because it means having a lot of duplicated effort for brand-building and marketing.