William James “Count” Basie August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984, was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Continue Reading →
Jimmy Cobb is playing with more vitality and purpose in his 80’s than drummers a fraction of his age. The New York Times called his most recent recording on Smoke Sessions Records, The Original Mob, his best album in recent memory” and “a cogent argument against obsolescence.” Continue Reading →
While the jazz-fueled heyday of the Harlem Renaissance era has long since played its last note, there are a few places in the historic ‘Black Mecca’ that continue to honor its legacy amid rapid gentrification.
The Apollo Theater announced today that it will expand its daytime programming that celebrates the iconic Theater’s legacy and enduring impact. Continue Reading →
Billie Holiday’s name has been in the news lately for some reasons that remind us of the tragedies she sang about and those she endured. First, there was the story of the rather appallingly tone-deaf PR firm who thought one of Holiday’s most well-known recordings, “Strange Fruit”—a song about lynching—would make a great name for their brand. Continue Reading →
The Apollo Theater announced today its new artistic partnership with renowned jazz musician Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which will include a range of major contemporary annual themed events and programs that will celebrate the origins of jazz, the continued innovations within the genre and build a younger audience for the art form. Continue Reading →