Eugene Holley Jr.
6 years ago
Bassist/composer Meshell Ndegeocello's artistry represents a hejira: a spiritual journey that began with her 1993 debut CD Plantation Lullabies and continues eight records later with Devil's Halo, a 12-track collection of ethereal, moody musings b...
7 years ago
When she released her debut CD, Ancient Voices, in 1997, the Washington-born, Zimbabwe-raised singer Chiwoniso "Chi" Maraire—born into a family of musicians and raised on r&b, rap, pop, and Zimbabwean chimurenga music—was standing on t...
8 years ago
Brazilian-born keyboardist/composer/producer Sergio Mendes has spent four decades Americanizing his country's samba and bossa nova while Brazilianizing American pop. In 2006, he released Timeless, an all-star project (co-produced by will.i.am) tha...
15 years ago
Growing up in the '70s, I hated what seemed to me Louis Armstrong's antebellum Uncle Tom antics. My opinion of Armstrong changed when I saw the brilliant 1956 documentary Satchmo the Great, featuring Edward R. Murrow, at Howard University in the e...
16 years ago
The death of vibraharpist Milt Jackson on October 9, 1999, was a double loss for jazz, silencing a great jazz virtuoso and bringing to an end the 48-year run of the Modern Jazz Quartet. The MJQ's windup was as quiet as its beginning on January 14,...