E.J. Dionne Jr. / TruthdigDec 10, 2012
It was a conversation representative of the era: Somewhere around 1969 or 1970, my dear, conservative Uncle Ray asked his son and me why we liked music by Jimi Hendrix and the Doors but we never listened to Dave Brubeck. Dig deeper ( 3 Min. Read )
Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigDec 5, 2012
The celebrated musician, who died Wednesday at age 91 in a hospital in Connecticut, didn’t start out with the desire to perform one of jazz music’s iconic tunes. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
BLANKSep 3, 2010
Developing an appreciation for jazz is partly a matter of understanding how it is influenced by other forces of life, as this review of a new book by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux notes, and how the music plays—and breaks—with form. Developing an appreciation for jazz is partly a matter of understanding how it is influenced by other forces of life. Dig deeper ( 6 Min. Read )
BLANKAug 6, 2010
A new collection of writings by one of America’s greatest self-described Jewish atheists distills the essence of his half-century defense of civil liberties and jazz -- the nation’s most original and influential art.A new collection of writings distills the essence of Hentoff's half-century defense of civil liberties and jazz -- America’s most original art. Dig deeper ( 7 Min. Read )
Larry Blumenfeld / TruthdigAug 30, 2008
New Orleans has figured into this election season as a reminder of the Bush administration's bungled, uncaring response to Katrina. Yet amid so much talk of hope and change, on this anniversary of disaster, many in New Orleans hope for a change of policy -- the kind of federal assistance that can make a dent in crises of housing, public safety, education, health care and levee protection. It makes sense for musicians to kick-start that conversation. Dig deeper ( 6 Min. Read )
Larry Blumenfeld / TruthdigMay 27, 2008
It's easy in New Orleans these days to read meaning and purpose into every lyric or song choice -- was Sheryl Crow commenting on the housing crisis by covering "Gimme Shelter," or was she just doing a Stones tune? Also, it's impossible to take in all the music and all the messages emanating from the Jazz Fest's 10 stages. Still, a good deal of what I did catch was timely, topical and worth remembering. Dig deeper ( 14 Min. Read )
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