All of a sudden everybody wants to be a jazz singer—and a few are actually good at it
The pianist Matthew Shipp is the star of the latter-day free-jazz scene—the only scene in jazz right now with younger faces in the audience
Even though the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter never went away, his two recent albums are being hailed as a major comeback
Johnny Cash was a Christian who didn't cast stones, a patriot who wasn't a bully
Directors of today's war movies, with their insistence on graphic bloodletting and happy endings, should look at the original World War II movies, which were subtly subversive
Bill Frisell draws from a wide spectrum of music identified with the American experience&mdashand country music is a persistent echo.
Despite seeing on television news what used to be confined to action movies, audiences have been flocking to them, perhaps eager for the illusion of control they offer
Savvy enough about rhythm
Willfully unaware of the facts of her professional life, listeners persist in thinking that Billie Holiday felt their pain.
Once the novelty wears off, a vacation spot may prove to be more than just another pretty place.
If not exactly a golden age, the seventies was a time of remarkable artistic ferment
Bob Dylan changed the popular music of his time and the music that followed, and the commercial release of a formerly bootlegged concert recording shows how he did it
Whatever Frank Sinatra sang, he swung, and his musicianship will endure longer than the swagger that today's singers so admire
A vocal performance by the pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg is more like a series of witty asides
The songs of Burt Bacharach are enjoying a revival that seems unlikely only at first hearing.
With its pop sentimentality,
Jazz has been attracting its first young audiences in decades -- but are they hearing a music without a future?
The pianist Bud Powell was mad even by bebop's standards
Elvis Presley's career, beginning and end, depended on his extraordinary gifts as a mimic
The indefatigable Dizzy Gillespie symbolizes jazz to audiences and musicians alike