Taylor stretched the beats in a measure and played notes outside the chords of a song. A pioneer of free jazz, the pianist and composer remained true to his vision even through financial struggle.
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With lyrics taken from Muhal Richard Abrams song titles and a video shot in the Bronzeville neighborhood, the Chicago-born musician connects the dots of his city’s jazz history.
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The saxophonist enlists rhythm aces mostly from around his Kansas City hometown for a restless and earthy soundtrack to black life.
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Both as a player and composer, Halvorson has a decade-strong reputation as one of her field’s least predictable. Her latest release, Code Girl, might be her most startling move yet.
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In this 2001 episode, the D.C. native and frequent film composer performs his original “City Lights” as well as demonstrates his chops on the accordion.
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A singer of ironclad capability, creative drive and irrepressible panache, she has emerged as the breakout new talent in a formidable jazz-vocal tradition.
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