The Bad Plus do Stravinsky
Just as Kermit Ruffins sang "Sunny Side of the Street" with trumpet in hand, an early morning sun shone powerfully across North Rampart Street in New Orleans onto Congo Square. Two centuries ago, enslaved Africans and free people of color drummed and danced here each Sunday, exerting their right to ... More >>
One recent trend in pop music has seen a number of old souls producing albums by the young at heart. Gospel goddess Mavis Staples's latest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco wunderkind Jeff Tweedy; rockabilly vet Wanda Jackson's The Party Ain't Over, released in 2011, was oversee ... More >>
Nicholas Payton with Gary Bartz, Marcus Strickland, Ben Wolfe, Orrin Evans, and TourĂ© Birdland Thursday, January 5 Better than: Having a "discussion" on the Internet. If Nicholas Payton had it his way, the venue where he moderated a discussion last nightBirdlandwould not be known a ... More >>
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