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Copyright and the Jazz Musician

In late August, the pianist Lafayette Gilchrist was recovering from a week-long stint in Kaliningrad, Russia, the city that hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He had performed at a jazz festival alongside saxophonist David Murray, drummer Hamid Drake, and bassist Jaribu Shahid, which amounted to a reunion of Murray’s Black Saint Quartet. At home, … Read More “Copyright and the Jazz Musician”

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Alternate Jazz Venues: By Any Means

The four-count from the clack of Ethel Ennis’ beige open-toe flats resonated off the stone tiles inside Marianne Matheny-Katz’s house, where Ennis enraptured the room with a rendition of Bessie Smith’s “Empty Bed Blues.” Her performance was an impromptu offering after being called from the audience at the close of the evening’s program. Ennis, a … Read More “Alternate Jazz Venues: By Any Means”

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IAJE: Miseducation

Denial is the first of the now well-known stages of death described in Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ bestseller On Death and Dying. Her work explores how the prospect of death affected the terminally ill, those who cared for them and their loved ones. The same feelings often play out in the final days of shared experiences like … Read More “IAJE: Miseducation”

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Jazz Collectives: All For One

As January began to fade, pianist Marc Cary and producer Shon “Chance” Miller were pulling together loose ends inside the Langston Hughes house in preparation for a Feb. 1 grand opening. The three-story brownstone owned by the famous Harlem Renaissance poet is once again primed to resonate artistic gems. The residence that once supported a … Read More “Jazz Collectives: All For One”

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