While the organizers took pains to lay out the background and chronology of the Beaver Hall Group, "jazz" and its social and cultural history never made an appearance. In a show dominated by portraits, and admittedly vibrant, stunning and accomplished ones, I failed to find even one black sitter.
In a system where Joss Stone wins an award for best Reggae artist, it's worth examining the long and storied history of white performers profiting off of historically Black musical genres, and how versions of this inequality exist to this day.
The perception of dance has shifted from that of a performing art to an athletic pursuit. We think this is terrific. What we fail to understand is why, as athleticism has become the focus (and rightly so), youth competitive dance has not dispensed with its ridiculous costume and makeup requirements?
Civilized would be an understatement when it comes to Montreal, a city where you're not allowed to build a building higher than Mont Royal Park and where, during the annual Jazz Festival, two thirds of the (over 100) jazz, rock, blues, reggae, soul, and other bands play for free. Here are six other great things to do in Montreal in the summer.
Good cooking is not merely the preparation of food for sustenance, but the creation of an experience for the senses. Chefs combine colours, textures, aromas, flavors and shapes in an effort to stimulate and titillate the palettes of their patrons. So it is with Jazz.
I've often been asked about what it was like growing up around music, both by strangers and friends. I am still trying to figure it out myself, both its impact on me as a musician and its impact on me as a person. I think there are two points of influence, music at home and music as my father's job.
When artists are typecast as dreamy, head-in-the-clouds free spirits, someone is missing the mark. The work requires clarity of vision, iron-like determination, and laser-beam focus from its creator. Perhaps this is why arranging music can be such an oasis for me. The hardest part has mostly been done.
For acclaimed jazz composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the avant-garde is much more than a genre in the art world; its
When Canadian crooner Vincent Wolfe covered Frank Sinatra's "Come Dance With Me" at a Toronto venue last month, he probably
On a recent trip to New York City, I had the pleasure of experiencing a Sunday jazz brunch at one of the most romantic restaurants in New York: One if by Land, Two if by Sea. I had heard about the restaurant's popular weekend jazz brunch and it was on my wish list.