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Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts: From A-List Side Man To Band Leader

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Multi-Grammy Award winning percussionist Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts is one of the most sought after musicians in the world. Watts’ extraordinary career includes a role as Rhythm Jones in Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues, a thr...

Guy Eckstine: Preserving My Father’s Legacy

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When the grown folks were educating me on Billy Eckstine, this was the third part of the lesson.  It's a funny choice of words when you consider the fact the first two were about his charm and his attire. The tale...

Jacques Schwarz-Bart: The Jazz Racine Haiti Project

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart was born in Guadeloupe where he was first exposed to voodoo ritual chants and found his musical expression and voice. As an infant, his mother sang voodoo chants to him, which settled deep in ...

Jean and Marcus Baylor: It’s A Family Affair

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It is no mystery that music is a great way to unite people. It forges bonds, inspires change, carries us through difficult times, clears away differences and brings people together in a way only music can. Ofte...

Casey Benjamin: The New Standard

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Casey Benjamin is a Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist. He is prolific as both a sideman and bandleader. In addition, he has recently worked with artists such as Kris Bowers, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge,...

Ramsey Lewis: A Life with the In Crowd

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Ramsey Lewis has enjoyed an incredible career of more than 50 years in jazz. From his early days, he has maintained strong ties with the people and culture of Chicago. In this recent exclusive interview with iRock...

Yeni Kuti: Celebrating A Legacy of Fela

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Yeni Kuti, is the first child and daughter of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Yeni remembers her father’s legacy, life, and music by hosting, Felabration, a celebration of life. Fela was born in Abe...

Michael Stradford: Seeing What Others Cannot

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Situating Michael Stradford is no easy task. To some, he is the prognosticating program director that injected life into The Beat. To Quincy Jones, he is the fresh-faced A&R with an acumen for musical recognit...

Tony Zawinul: Reporting on the Weather

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Tony Zawinul is the son of Joe Zawinul, one of the founding members of the band Weather Report. He is the director for a documentary on the band called Calm Before the Storm. This documentary has been crowd-funded...

Angelique Kidjo: The Power Of African Womanhood

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The daughter of an actress, dancer, and theatrical producer Kidjo was born in Quidah, a coastal city in the West Africa country of Benin. Inheriting her mother's love of performing, she made her stage debut with her ...

Gizmo: My Music Is An Honest Expression of My Life

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Bass players have historically worn many hats. To be able to stop on a dime, keep it all together, and let it groove, is no easy undertaking.  Anyone who has ever listened to Motown understands this whether they k...

Don Was: Our Goal At Blue Note Is To Not Make Any Shitty Records

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You'll love Blue Note Records. I don’t need for you to believe me, because I already know that it’s true. Now, you’re probably asking yourself, “Who is this guy? He doesn’t know me.” And to that, I would have to a...

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