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The revered trombonist, composer and cultural activist never wished to be ‘the state composer’ but remained political until the end, in service of the people.
Charlie Parker at the Three Deuces New York, 1947.
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Though he lived hard and died young, Bird’s genre-busting style of sax playing ignited jazz’s bebop revolution.
Virtuoso: John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cannonball Adderley (alto sax), Miles Davis (trumpet) and Bill Evans (piano) recording Kind of Blue in 1959.
The release of a John Coltrane movie soundtrack from 1964 has brought jazz movies into focus.
South African rising jazz star, Thabang Tabane.
For a musician anywhere, surviving and prospering within the genre called jazz has never been easy, and it still isn’t.
Veteran Ethiopian jazz musician Mulatu Astatke continues to have an extraordinary mobility and exposure to a wide range of musical sounds.
Hugh Masekela’s 30 years of exile began shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre.
Hugh Masekela’s itinerary-in-exile was loud and clear in his songs.
Hugh Masekela performing during the 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
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South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela made an impact across the world during his decades-long musical career.