You may not know they exist, but the best music arrangers can lift a song to new heights, making all the difference to whether it’s a hit or not.
The term is well-known, but many jazz newcomers often ask: what is bebop? And why is it hailed as the most important development in jazz? Here’s the story.
The best Herbie Hancock albums reveal the jazz pianist to be a musical pathfinder that broke down barriers at every opportunity.
A strong case can be made for Max Roach as the most complete drummer in jazz history.
In between bebop’s waning days and the full flowering of free jazz, a crafty cadre of forward-thinking artists gave jazz new wings.
Thelonious Monk’s incredible career saw him pioneer a uniquely percussive approach to the piano and write several jazz standards.
Leading many musicians through his “Hard Bop Academy”, Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz drummers in history.
Singer, songwriter and neo-soul icon Erykah Badu was the latest guest on NPR’s popular ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ series performing two of her defining hits, ‘Rimshot’ and ‘Green Eyes’