Les McCann

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Big Daddy Kane Returns With a Full Band at the Blue Note Tonight

    For almost three decades, Brooklyn MC Big Daddy Kane has remained a fixture of "Greatest Rapper of All Time" conversations. From his iconic singles like "Raw" and "Ain't No Half Steppin'" to a live show that ranks -- even today -- among the most revered in the genre, his influence can be heard in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Jimmy Castor, R.I.P.

    Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>

  • Music

    July 9, 2008

    Recapping 2008's Vision and JVC Jazz Festivals

    Charles Lloyd, Kidd Jordan, Herbie Hancock and more

  • Unknown

    January 15, 2008

    The Black-Rock Revolution, and How We Rebooted It

    Using YouTube to beat back critical malaise and bullshit race-baiting arguments

  • Music

    July 6, 2004

    Black Enough For You

    A compilation makes history, and fiction, of the black power movement's greatest hits