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.
Four years after Katrina, New Orleans struggles against the odds to preserve its unruly spirit through its unique musical legacy.
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.