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Jazz news and analysis from The Nation
June 2, 2021
The Story of Sun Ra’s Egyptian Adventure
How a 1971 trip changed the course of the free jazz icon’s career.
Marcus J. Moore
March 11, 2021
How Many Movies About Billie Holiday Does it Take…
to capture her immense contribution to music? Apparently more than three.
December 24, 2020
Modern Hollywood Discovers Its Jazz ‘Soul’
Pixar’s Christmas release is the best jazz film in a long time. But then, there isn’t a lot of competition.
October 12, 2020
Stanley Crouch, 1945–2020
Even many of those who at times wanted to throttle Crouch will miss him now that he’s gone.
October 6, 2018
Nate Chinen’s Daring New History of Modern Jazz
Nate Chinen’s new book confronts the contemporary jazz moment with clarity and authority.
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August 16, 2018
William Parker’s Late-Career Bloom
After a 45-year-long career, the jazz bassist is still creating experimental music pulsing with humanity.
May 10, 2018
Mary Halvorson’s Kinetic Improvisation
The guitarist’s music is exhilarating, unapologetically smart, and unspoiled by phoniness or pretense.
October 26, 2017
In Search of Joni Mitchell
David Yaffe’s new biography doesn’t reach as far into the horizon as Mitchell’s music.
August 31, 2017
From Jazz Clubs to Classrooms
Recent releases by two jazz-program graduates, Ryan Keberle and Tyshawn Sorey, make potent cases for whatever educational methods work.
July 26, 2017
Mal Waldron’s Ecstatic Minimalism
The jazz pianist’s style was simple, but the themes that gave shape to his music were not.