A Lost Album From John Coltrane, With Thanks To A French-Canadian Director | NPR

Nate Chinen, NPR John Coltrane, photographed in his backyard in Queens, New York in 1963. JB/© Jim Marshall Photography LLC.Featured Image There is never any end,” John Coltrane said sometime in the mid-1960s, at the height of his powers. “There are always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get at.” Coltrane, one of jazz’s […]

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Traditional African-American Gospel Songs Deliver Message of Hope and Freedom | The Epoch Times

EMG Inspired Staff, The Epoch Times A snapshot of mid-century South Philly. Featured Image African-American spirituals are a valuable part of American history. Born out of an oral tradition that reveals Christian values while describing the hardships of slavery from the period of 1600 to 1870, the music and melodies of these songs are still […]

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For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it. | The New York Times Magazine

Wesley Morris, The New York Times Magazine PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL PAUL BRITTO. Featured Image I’ve got a friend who’s an incurable Pandora guy, and one Saturday while we were making dinner, he found a station called Yacht Rock. “A tongue-in-cheek name for the breezy sounds of late ’70s/early ’80s soft rock” is Pandora’s definition, […]

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Kem and Maze deliver fond and fitting farewell concert for Tom Joyner | The St. Louis American

Kenya Vaughn Of The St. Louis American, The St. Louis American Urban radio pioneer and syndicated morning show personality Tom Joyner sent shockwaves across the airwaves two years ago when he announced that he would be stepping down from his long-running syndicated morning show. “I’m putting in my two-year notice,” Joyner said on the show. […]

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Hear Wade in the Water: An Unprecedented 26-Hour-Long Exploration of the African American Sacred Music Tradition | Open Culture

Open Culture, Open Culture It may well be a truism to say that American music is African American music, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And when we reduce truths down to truisms they lose the granular detail that makes them interesting and relevant. Everyone knows, for example, that there would be no […]

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Lead Belly | Folkways Recordings

Folkways Recordings, Folkways Recordings Lead Belly is “the hard name of a harder man,” said Woody Guthrie of his friend and fellow American music icon who was born Huddie Ledbetter (c. 1888–1949). From the swamplands of Louisiana, the prisons of Texas, and the streets of New York City, Lead Belly and his music became cornerstones […]

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