• A Spring Roundup Of Music From New Release Season In Nashville

    Enlarge this image "In the Mountains" from Sarah Siskind's self-produced upcoming album Modern Appalachia, depicts the pastoral pull in a way that's less wistful than bracing. Brian Boskind/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Brian Boskind/Courtesy of the artist Since new release season is rolling on while the Nashville music community and the rest of us remain holed up at home, here's another round-up of music that shouldn't be missed. Jessie Alexander, "I Should Probably Go Now" Jessi Alexander had a brief tenure on a major label in the mid-2000s before building her reputation as a behind-the-scenes songwriter who could bring contemporary polish to grown-up gravitas and sentimentality. She decided to document a batch of songs she held ...

  • Ellis Marsalis, Patriarch Of New Orleans’ Most Famous Musical Family, Has Died

    Enlarge this image Ellis Marsalis performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival. Tyler Kaufman/FilmMagic hide caption toggle caption Tyler Kaufman/FilmMagic Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis family, has died at the age of 85. His death was announced in tweets from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Campbell and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his son Wynton is managing and artistic director. He reportedly went into the hospital over the weekend with symptoms of pneumonia. The New York Times reports that his son Branford says the cause of death was complications from COVID-19. Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr., was born on Nov. 14, 1934. He graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans with a BA in music education and that ...

  • The Thistle & Shamrock: The Gathering With Suzy Bogguss

    Enlarge this image Suzy Bogguss is featured in this week's episode. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Join Fiona Ritchie at the Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week as she and her audience enjoy an hour in the company of country music recording artist Suzy Bogguss. The singer-songwriter chats about the roots of American song, how her music has evolved and shows the live audience why she was such a favorite in her many appearances through the years on A Prairie Home Companion. You have a front row seat as Suzy leads the Swannanoa audience in a couple of choruses. Let's block ads! (Why?)

  • Jazz Trumpeter Wallace Roney Dies From COVID-19 Complications At Age 59

    Enlarge this image Wallace Roney. Jonathan Chimene/WBGO hide caption toggle caption Jonathan Chimene/WBGO Wallace Roney, a trumpeter and composer who embodied the pugnacious, harmonically restive side of post-bop throughout an illustrious four-decade career, died this morning at St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, N.J. He was 59. The cause was complications from COVID-19, according to his fiancée, Dawn Felice Jones. She said Roney had been admitted to the hospital last Wednesday. Roney first rose to prominence as a sharp young steward of the modern jazz tradition, winning national awards in his early 20s and joining several high-profile bands. But it was his work with his idol, Miles Davis, that catapulted him into a rare stratum of jazz celebrity. ...

  • Jazz Guitarist Jeff Parker Crosses Musical Genres On ‘Suite For Max Brown’

    Parker's breezy new album, which mixes live music with vintage synthesizers, draws on R&B, early hip-hop, droning electronica, jazz-funk, Afropop and flailing '60s-rock solos. Let's block ads! (Why?)

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