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Jason Moran’s Jazz Journey at the Whitney Upends Space and Time
The pianist and conceptual artist engages with the physical history of jazz in collaborations with Kara Walker, Joan Jonas and other art world figures.
The Whitney show comprises works made with leading art world figures like Julie Mehretu, Carrie Mae Weems, Stan Douglas, Kara Walker and Glenn Ligon. I was wondering: Why are all these incredible artists linked to this one person? Adrienne Edwards, curator of… [+2066 chars]
Giovanni Russonello
2019-09-29 10:55:16




Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With U.K. Band Cream, Is Dead at 80
Teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the bassist Jack Bruce in the band Cream, Mr. Baker helped redefine the role of the drums in rock.
He spent much of the 1970s in Lagos, Nigeria, where he built a recording studio and became immersed in African music, performing and recording with the singer, songwriter and political activist Fela Kuti. He also developed a love for polo that over the years … [+1849 chars]
Peter Keepnews
2019-10-06 10:31:59




The Photographer Who Found His Power in Shades of Gray
Roy DeCarava famously turned Harlem into his canvas, but there is much more to see — and feel — in his new retrospective.
One of the best exhibitions of the season is devoted to the work of the great postwar photographer Roy DeCarava. Split between the uptown and downtown galleries of David Zwirner, it was organized on the centennial of the artists birth by his widow, Sherry Tur… [+1223 chars]
Roberta Smith
2019-10-10 18:27:25




The Met Will Stage Its First Opera by a Black Composer
The company is making plans to bring Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” to New York.
I wish my father was alive, Mr. Blanchard said in a telephone interview. He was an avid opera fanatic. Fire Shut Up in My Bones is based on a memoir by Charles Blow, an Opinion columnist for The New York Times, with a libretto by the writer and director Kasi… [+1455 chars]
Michael Cooper
2019-09-20 19:12:51




Notes from the Jazz Age Lawn Party
Thousands of flappers—and at least one man in a First World War officer’s uniform—descended on Governors Island for this year’s Prohibition Era-inspired event.
Flappers were punk rockers. They were the ones saying, No, Im going to do what I want, Im going to cut my hair, Im not going to wear a bra or a corset, Im just going to enjoy my life and drink until my husband or boyfriend goes to war. Analucia McGorty, costu… [+10 chars]
Joana Avillez, Rachel Syme
2019-09-16 09:00:00




25 Products To Help Make A Tiny Space Feel Roomier
No matter how small your space is, remember...it's all about the art of ~illusion.~ *jazz hands* View Entire Post ›

Nusrat Sultana
2019-10-01 21:07:12




Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ Traces the Genre’s Victories, and Reveals Its Blind Spots
The eight-part, 16-hour documentary tells the genre’s story, from Appalachia to arenas.
But right at the beginning of Country Music is an acknowledgment that slave songs formed part of early countrys raw material. And then a reminder that the banjo has its roots in West African stringed gourd instruments. The series covers how A.P. Carter, a fou… [+2123 chars]
Jon Caramanica
2019-09-15 09:59:01




Wild drummer Ginger Baker, of Cream, dies at 80 - CTV News
The family of drummer Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the power trio Cream, says he has died. He was 80.
LONDON -- Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, his family said. Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and beco… [+6602 chars]
Hillel Italie
2019-10-06 11:29:00




Zion 'a force' in Pelicans' preseason home opener
Zion Williamson finished with a game-high 26 points in just over 23 minutes while shooting 9-of-12 from the field and draining his only 3-point attempt, and took on Rudy Gobert, in the Pelicans' win over the Jazz on Friday night.
NEW ORLEANS -- Zion Williamson had just finished another layup at the rim while dealing with contact from the Utah Jazz's Ed Davis. The announced sold-out Smoothie King Center crowd sprang to its feet, reveling in what the New Orleans Pelicans rookie was doin… [+4525 chars]

2019-10-12 05:07:30




Can the N.B.A. Find a Basketball Superstar in India?
The league thinks India could be its next billion-dollar market. But first it needs to convince young Indians to fall in love with the game.
It is, Ranadivé believes, the perfect sport for India. I wont be greedy and say were going to replace cricket as the national pastime, he says. But Ill be greedy and say well become a strong No. 2. [Read a profile of Vivek Ranadivé.] When Adam Silver, the c… [+3020 chars]
Reid Forgrave
2019-10-03 21:18:25




Ken Burns' Country Music: The Civil War Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - American Songwriter
Ken Burns' Country Music: The Civil War Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning American Songwriter Ken Burns' "Country Music" focuses on trailblazing women Axios Ken Burns' new documentary 'Country Music' is essential viewing CNN What Ken Burns' 16-Hour 'C…
The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, c.1960. Photograph by Les Leverett The Blue Ridge Mountains extend from just north of Atlanta to just west of Gettysburg, and through the green valleys on the ridges western flank marched Union and Confed… [+1080 chars]
Geoffrey Himes
2019-09-15 19:04:00




A World-Famous Pastry Chef's Heartbreaking Regret
Milton Abel II reflects on the event that led to his decision to leave the upper echelon of the restaurant world.
The impulse to strive for excellence is something that was instilled in Milton Abel II from childhood. Growing up in Kansas City, the famed jazz musician Milton Abel Sr. immersed his son in the vibrant world of live music, where he was exposed to dedicated ar… [+1909 chars]
Emily Buder
2019-09-27 23:07:51




Danny Brown: Best Life
Backed by a rich bassline and a select few samples, Danny Brown’s “Best Life” combines the artist’s charismatic cadence with Q-Tip’s illustrious production. It’s certainly jazz influenced but it also harkens back to the golden era of hip-hop—and Brown (aka Da…
Backed by a rich bassline and a select few samples, Danny Brown’s “Best Life” combines the artist’s charismatic cadence with Q-Tip’s illustrious production. It’s certainly jazz influenced but it also harkens back to the golden era of hip-hop—and Brown (aka Da… [+144 chars]
Evan Malachosky
2019-09-17 15:05:32




A lovely film of spinning tops by Charles and Ray Eames
In 1969, visionary designers Charles and Ray Eames directed this cinematic ballet of more than 100 spinning tops from around the world. The score is by famed Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein (The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Airplane!, etc.). Fr…
In 1969, visionary designers Charles and Ray Eames directed this cinematic ballet of more than 100 spinning tops from around the world. The score is by famed Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein (The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, Airplane!, etc.). Fr… [+969 chars]
David Pescovitz
2019-09-19 19:38:57




Roku unveils a new streaming player lineup, plus Roku OS 9.2 launch
Roku is getting a jump on the holiday shopping season with the arrival of new and updated devices. The company is expanding its media player lineup for the U.S. and abroad with updated versions of both its entry-level and high-end players, the Roku Express an…
Roku is getting a jump on the holiday shopping season with the arrival of new and updated devices. The company is expanding its media player lineup for the U.S. and abroad with updated versions of both its entry-level and high-end players, the Roku Express an… [+5198 chars]
Sarah Perez
2019-09-19 13:00:58




#MumbaiMirrored: All that jazz
The late 50s were pivotal years for Mumbai’s music scene, a time when the musical genre – with its accompanying culture and philosophy – sounded its first notes here.
The late 50s were pivotal years for Mumbais music scene, a time when the musical genre with its accompanying culture and philosophy sounded its first notes here.Sometime in the late 1950s or very early 1960s, a new restaurant opened in the Fort area of Bombay… [+9630 chars]
Sidharth Bhatia
2019-09-19 14:29:18




How to Learn to Play Electric Guitar
The electric guitar is one of the most commonly played instruments in rock music today. Electric guitars feature in almost every rock genre, from pop to punk to death metal. If you’re looking to play guitar but don’t have any musical experience, it may seem a…
FEATURED ARTICLE This article was co-authored by Ron Bautista. Ronald Bautista is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher at More Music & Los Gatos School of Music in California. He has over 30 years of playing experience and over 15 years of teachin… [+428 chars]

2019-10-02 08:00:00




Yahoo unveils new logo
Yahoo has a new logo (above) and Brand Identity Narrative to go with it. Staples has unveiled a new logo, pictured above (with the old logo beneath it). Notice what’s wrong with it? The store is called Staples but the logo depicts only a single staple. The old “L” hinted at the physical object, to be sure, but so abstractly it was… [+1658 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2019-09-23 18:58:58




Religious Walking Tour Maps Out The History Of Muslims In New York City
As she leads free walking tours through Harlem, Katie Merriman highlights the ways in which the history of Muslims is part of the history of New York City.
Tour participants listen to guide Katie Merriman (center) outside the Malcolm Shabaaz Mosque as she speaks about the influence of Malcolm X on the Harlem community. Courtesy of Marcus Washington Visitors often get to know Harlem, N.Y., through its many walk… [+4150 chars]
Farah Dosani
2019-10-12 11:00:46




Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns explains why country music is universal
Filmmaker Ken Burns has produced documentaries about American life for more than 40 years. His work range from baseball to the Civil War. Burns' latest documentary is an eight-part series on country music, an art form that is uniquely American. He says countr…
Following is a copy of the transcript. Lionel Moise: For more than 40 years, Ken Burns has produced documentaries about life in America. He's covered baseball, the Civil War, jazz and National Parks, and his latest documentary is an eight part series on cou… [+3755 chars]
Lionel Moise
2019-10-04 18:24:31
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