Irreversible Brain Taint from Segregation: Leo Nocentelli

Leo Nocentelli is impossible to pin down. When I ask how the renowned funk guitarist's astonishing solo record Another Side came to be published after 50 years in obscurity, he gives me the whole tale in a seven-minute monologue, but I can't confirm his age. "It's not important," he adds, his Louisiana accent thick as […]

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The New British Jazz Messengers

Nubya Garcia has had a fantastic year, with a performance at the Proms, a Mercury Prize nomination, and critical praise for her first album, Source. More significantly, the saxophonist is one of a number of young Black British jazz performers who are introducing new audiences to the genre and acting as role models for future […]

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‘One of the Finest Vocalists Ever': Honoring Eva Cassidy

Eva Cassidy and her bandmate Chris Biondo travelled to a distant plant in rural Virginia on a late May day in 1996 to collect copies of the recording that would turn out to be her last. Biondo recalls, "We picked up about 1,100 cassettes and CDs in total." "As soon as we got in the […]

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‘I View Jazz as a Superpower,' Says Oscar Winner Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste, a composer and pianist, was on the move in June 2020. From his dressing area at the Ed Sullivan Theater, where he works as the bandleader for Stephen Colbert's Late Show, he was scoring Pixar's first Black-led movie, Soul, throughout the week. He was working on the music for his eighth album, We […]

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Interview: Niccolò Paluani Talks Contemporary Jazz and Expanding Musical Horizons

Niccolò Paluani, born in Italy, has spent his musical life exploring new genres and styles of music, especially through his own guitar and piano playing.  In fact, a big part of his motivation to pursue music professionally was his experience on the Costa Concordia, a cruise ship that famously sank soon after leaving port in […]

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How To Enjoy Noise Music - The Rules

Find it difficult to enjoy noise music? This article will discuss how to enjoy noise music and everything that is meant by it. Just for the record, noise is a non-musical genre of music, which has a set of rules to keep it together. In fact, the moment you start listening to noise, you will […]

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