Leading many musicians through his “Hard Bop Academy,” Art Blakey was one of the most important jazz drummers in history.
Thelonious Monk’s incredible career saw him pioneer a uniquely percussive approach to the piano and write several jazz standards.
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.
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’