This is the grave of Louis Armstrong. One of the greatest and most important musicians of all time, Armstrong was born in 1901 to a poor family in New Orleans. Like many poor kids, he grew up in a bro
This is the grave of Thelonious Monk. Born in 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Monk’s family moved to New York in 1922, part of the Great Migration that took millions of African-Americans ou
This is the grave of Max Roach. Born in 1924 in Newland, North Carolina, Roach’s family moved to Brooklyn in 1928. Roach became a musician from a very young age, his mother being a gospel singer
You need Sunday School today. Specifically, to listen to Professor Sun Ra lecture in his course he gave in 1971 at UC-Berkeley titled “The Black Man in the Cosmos.” The best part about thi
The other day I was listening to an album by the great Irving Fields, the brilliant pianist who merged jazz, the sort of Jewish-American popular music I associate with Catskills resorts in the 1950s,
I realized that some of you have probably never seen any of the Sun Ra films. Allow me to alleviate this serious problem in your life.
Last night, I was fortunate enough to see a band headed by the drummer Ches Smith that also included the pianist Craig Taborn and the viola player Mat Maneri at Firehouse 12 in New Haven. They are all
Have a peaceful and quiet evening with Akira Sakata.