Harlem by way of New Orleans trumpeter Christian Scott has emerged as a great force in jazz, as well as its most frank provocateur of truth since Rashaan Roland Kirk. His wildly incendiary testimonials of political frustrations ("Jenacide (The Inevitable Rise and Fall of the Blood Revolution)"), per ... More >>
In the grandstand, away from the heat of the Fair Groundsthe horse-racing track that becomes a music stadium for each New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivalstood an exhibit of black-and-white photos that suggested much of the music going on outside. "Faces of Tremé," drawn from 30 years ... More >>
Florence Gould Hall (at the Alliance Francaise)
Monday, April 16
Better than: What you usually do on a Monday night.
Within minutes of hitting the stage for last night's invite-only tour peek, Esperanza Spalding's orchestra put its bigness into context. Most of its twelve pieces ... More >>
Esperanza Spalding, the wildly creative multi-instrumentalist and composer , is holding an open rehearsal for her forthcoming world tour on Monday, April 16, at the Florence Gould Hall Theater, and Sound of the City is giving away a pair of tickets to the event, which will also include a post-show Q ... More >>
Next weekend, various stripes of music nerds (critics, academics, people who just like to think a lot) will descend on New York for the EMP Pop Conference, an annual mind-meld of pro and amateur musicologists that's taking place in our fair city for the first time. The conference, sponsored by the S ... More >>
Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding Trio
Thursday, January 12
Better than: More sniping and griping about the future of jazz.
Maybe you've heard, but there's currently a storm, part lament and part manifesto, brewing in one quarter of the jazz scene, in which dep ... More >>
Good news: The music industry is starting to sell more records in 2011. Bad news: They're Now compilations and Justin Bieber remix records. The latter takes Billboard's top spot from the former this week, with Never Say Never: The Remixes selling a brisk 161,000 copies, and why not, since Nev ... More >>
Grammy fresh. Photo via @questloveYou'd think between the tapings of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, being shuttled from to gig to gig, and freaking out at Prince concerts, it'd be hard to pin down Questlove for 15 minutes, but it was surprising painless. We caught up with the Roots' drummer an ... More >>
As sure as my name is Esperanza Spalding, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work was one of the best documentaries of the year -- funny, revealing, pungent, and wise.
But not only was it not nominated for an Oscar, it wasn't even on their "short list" of 15 choices they narrowed down from!
And how do ... More >>
It's the return of the most talked-about Grammy Awards live blog--a collection of quips, blips, and arguably insightful observations that dares to match the actual Grammy telecast in terms of pure spectacle and Justin Bieber mentions. Please join our hosts Tom Breihan and Ryan Dombal below, and keep ... More >>
This picture is from Arcade Fire's Tumblr, where it's captioned "Win jumping up and down, thanking the world." Because why wouldn't it be?Radiohead may have already surpassed last night's Grammys as the au currant news of an indie-rock world that is all of a sudden drowning in good tidings, b ... More >>
As you may have heard, Prince is playing five NYC shows in December, as part of his Welcome 2 America tour, also featuring the likes of Maceo Parker, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Sinbad (!!), Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E., Graham Central Station, and still-extant SOTC obs ... More >>