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Jazz news and analysis from The Nation
May 1, 2022
Top 12 May Day Songs
In tribute to all those planning actions for May Day.
December 15, 2021
The Greatest Teacher of America’s Great Art Form
The pianist Barry Harris, who died last week, dedicated his life to continuing the oral tradition of jazz improvisation.
October 22, 2021
Which Version of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” Reigns Supreme?
Is the latest posthumous addition to his canon released today the Holy Grail?
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.
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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.
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.