Music News & Info RSS

Jimi Hendrix stole moves and licks from him. Chuck Berry named him as one of two main influences. His song “Stormy Monday” has been covered by everybody who is anybody in blues, jazz, and swing, and is what inspired B.B. King to pick up the electric guitar.

Read more

So many people out there, young or even a bit older, are curious about jazz, and they’re not exactly sure where to start. Think of this as a jazz bucket list, filled with masterpieces of a true American music. Let’s go! 

Read more

Chicago was the right place at the right time with the right people for the blues to remake itself. Starting in the 1920s, the Midwestern capitol had opened up to the music born in the rural south, attracting the men and women who created and performed it and rewarding those who made a business of it. 

Read more

How the jazz icon cracked apart the rusted shell of the piano and opened a portal into the breathless, off-tempo grind of being black in America.

Read more

Charlie Parker was one of the most important figures in the development of jazz and in particular Bop. His was a thoughtful kind of jazz, a saxophonist unrestricted by arrangements made him the master of improvisation. A troubled man, with drugs and drink at the heart of his problems, he was also a genius. He is the man of which it can be said, without fear of contradiction, that he changed the course of jazz history.

Read more