The work remains a crowd favorite. But more and more scholars are starting to see ‘Rhapsody’ as a whitewashed version of Harlem’s vibrant Black music scene.
Not just a great jazz singer, Sylvia Mdunyelwa was also an activist, educator, broadcaster and actress.
The jazz singer saw renewed success late in life on the back of collaborations with an eclectic array of artists.
The predominantly white European field of music education in the US is changing radically these days as schools confront anti-Black histories.
During the only major performance she gave in her home country, Gilberto was booed.
Her exquisite piano compositions drew fans to the Jerusalem monastery where she lived after fleeing Ethiopia.
We are all told to follow our calling. Here’s what happens if you pursue a more ‘sensible’ career instead.
On October 24 1972, the world heard the infectious grooves and seamless vocal delivery of the song Superstition for the very first time.
Few educators realise one decision in 1975 about notating standards cemented a practice excluding women.
Group Theory: Black Music is the name of the new album from the composer, drummer and scholar. On it jazz meets political theory.
The jazz star says he wants his piano to speak in his isiZulu language, and that his music is born from spiritual concerns.
Machines have been getting better at mimicking improvisation. But can this distinctly human process serve as a bulwark against the mechanization of life and art?
Davis’s ability to innovate and incorporate other genres into his jazz has left a lasting impact on music.
Charlie Watts was the Rolling Stones’ drummer for almost six decades. A scholar of music – and a Stones fan – describes what he brought to the band.
The heavily male community of jazz musicians and audiences have created barriers to success for women in the genre.
Improvisation asks us to trust that surprise will teach us something. As we enter a new year and a post-pandemic landscape, musical improvisation offers inspiration.
Though he lived hard and died young, Bird’s genre-busting style of sax playing ignited jazz’s bebop revolution.
The Munich-based record label ECM specialises in jazz and Western classical music. The artistry found in its catalogue allows a degree of abstraction that can be energising while enduring a pandemic.
The magazine grew to be the largest circulation publication for black readers in South Africa, and expanded to include East and West African editions.
Rap songs from Public Enemy and Ludacris have been heard at marches over the killing of George Floyd. But the history of Black American music as a form of protest dates back to the 19th century.