For the last few years, I have done a monthly series for Black History Month that focuses on musicians from different genres like blues and jazz or that is centered on themes such as protest music. A few years ago, my series was on women in jazz. You may have also seen other posts regarding female jazz musicians on… Read More Black History Month series: Women in Jazz Part II
2016 is here and that means there will be plenty more musical memories to be made this year. It’s been a while since I last blogged and I apologize for the long hiatus. I’ve been away from the musical side of things, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t kept my eye on the talent and trends… Read More Gearing up for another musical year
Lil Mama is known to stir up some media attention. Maybe not in a bad way, but certainly in a eccentric and somewhat funny way. Last we heard of the female rapper, she was taking heat for crashing the stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards during Alicia Keys and Jay-Z’s performance of “New… Read More Lil Mama channels ’90s music nostalgia in new video “Sausage”
The world has lost another jazz icon. Detroit, in particular, has lost its longtime jazz hero Marcus Belgrave. The trumpeter and mentor to many jazz greats, made his transition on Sunday, May 24. At 78 years young, Belgrave still played superbly and had the same passion and vigor for the music as he did growing… Read More Remembering Marcus Belgrave: A world-class musician and mentor
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 today. It’s easy to remember what Ms. Holiday would have become had she lived past 44. But, as the truly great woman she was, she would not have wanted everyone to dwell on all the amazing accomplishments she could have attained had her life gone on longer. Her life… Read More Lady Day on her 100th Birthday
March is recognized as Women’s History Month and like my good friend Leah, I couldn’t let the month go by without doing something to celebrate the accomplishments of women of all colors and all they have contributed to society. For the past few years I have attended the Black Women Rock concert, which is a celebration… Read More Celebrating Women in Jazz: Past, Present and Future
R&B princess Aaliyah would have been 36 years old today. Here are a few songs to check out in remembrance of the musical icon.