Duke Ellington has been dead for 40 years, but his record company, EMI Music Publishing, is still playing hardball with the jazz great's cut of the loot.
By Matthew Kassel and Alex W. Rodriguez Yesterday's much celebrated "Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die" post was a starter course, an easily digestible, rudimentary entry into the storied genre that not one person on the planet disagreed with. But today, we go further. Because for every Blue T ... More >>
Kathleen Battle and Cyrus Chestnut The Blue Note Tuesday, June 19 Better than: Never getting to see this lyric soprano perform live. In 2010, Kathleen Battle chose a pianist and a repertoire of classical material to bring to Carnegie Hall for a formal recital. This summer, Battle decided to give t ... More >>
The above video, titled "A Train Fight with Drunk Guy August 5, 2011 6:35 PM," is just that: A fight on the A Train. The alleged drunk takes a rather old-fashioned fighting stance as he hovers outside the doors, preventing them from closing. One man goes onto the platform to enter single combat and ... More >>
Duke Ellington in 1971Tired of the House of Windsor yet? Want to celebrate something truly royal? Then wish a happy birthday to real American royalty, Duke Ellington. Click for a video.
This week in the Voice, Larry Blumenfeld chronicles Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill's trip to Havana to, in his words, "complete a musical, spiritual, and cultural journey for my father." His father, Chico O'Farrill, was revered in the Jazz world, a "stone genius, on the level of Duke ... More >>
The choreographer does Ellington; plus work by Wayne McGregor and George Balanchine
Who knew the New York City Municipal Archives had a YouTube page? There's not much up there now -- just 3 videos -- but it seems like something to keep an eye on. There's a stiff Mayor Lindsay commending a mordant Alfred Hitchcock, who mentions a "24 hours in the life of New York City" story he's ... More >>
Lincoln Center presents a trifecta of sensuous swing
Haunting post-bop from a scene hero
Talents old and new throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks
Kicking off an ambitious five-month jazz series
Maria Schneider keeps her orchestra on its toes with works both challenging and sublime
Recalling jazz's brief, obscure, but occasionally revelatory love affair with Broadway
Spotlight on the Brothers Quay at Film Forum
Chi-Town deep thinkers innovated for the sake of future days
A perfectionist who takes pride in not being prolific contacts Evans and Mingus online
A worldwide phenomenon and a transworld music, but usually not both at the same time
Jazzing the classics and classing the jazzers from Jelly Roll Morton to Uri Caine
Romping in diverse corrals, serving up dancing with sugar and spice and plenty of mojo
Alfred Appel Connects the Moderns
Why Jazz and Pop Don't Make the Cut
Marian McPartland Accrues Style Bit by Bit
How Not to Broaden the Jazz Canvas
Which Is More 21st Century, Django or Funk?
Lonnie Johnson at Home
The Mayor Should Come to P.S. 110
Part two of our Jazz Supplement
Edited by Gary Giddins
Coordinated by Elora Alexander
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