Music

Watch U.K. Jazz Group Sons Of Kemet Deliver An Explosive Midnight Set

By Nate Chinen “Jazz built for arenas.” A friend and former rock critic shared this admiring assessment of Sons of Kemet, after seeing the band for the first time at this year’s Big Ears Festival. There’s obviously truth in it: Over the last eight years, Sons of Kemet has not only fueled the fires of

Watch The Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour Celebrate 60 Years

How do you distill the spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival into a single band? Considering the ethos of the annual event, the band was designed to be a celebration of diverse international talent, forward-thinking sensibilities and just plain killin’ performances. For artistic director Tim Jackson, that was the task at hand in 2018, marking

Life Luxe Jazz Experience November 7th-11th, 2019

Enjoy a weekend of the best in smooth jazz while relaxing DIRECTLY on our secluded beach and enjoying limitless culinary delights and sumptuous cocktails. From the moment you set foot at Vidanta Los Cabos, you know you’ve arrived in a world of luxury and relaxation unlike anything ever before imagined. The arresting ringed tunnel entrance

Cécile McLorin Salvant

  Standing behind the Tiny Desk with only pianist Sullivan Fortner by her side, jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant remarked that she hadn’t been this nervous in a while. But it was hard to tell: She embraced the discomfort with ease, taking command of the space with a calm demeanor and spiritual presence that felt

Ari Lennox – Whipped Cream

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Wilco Guitarist Nels Cline Reclaims Mood Music In The City Of Brotherly Love

Nels Cline has earned his place as a guitar hero for our times, with a track record stretching back four decades and a marquee gig with Wilco. But if you mainly associate him with squalls of feedback, you’re missing a big part of the picture. “The Avant Romantic” is how Rolling Stone pegged him about

Christian Sands – Reaching For The Sun

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Syd Isn’t Rushing Her Moment

When the hip-hop collective Odd Future broke onto the music scene in 2008, they looked and sounded like a group of rowdy, young boys. OF’s rambunctious, juvenile and clownish behavior is part of what shaped the group’s independence and authenticity, which quickly attracted loyal fans and attention from the media. But as the group rose

Esperanza Spalding Is The 21st Century’s Jazz Genius

It’s not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to