Celebrating Women in Jazz: Past, Present and Future

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

Gregory Porter bridges soul and jazz on new album Liquid Spirit

Gregory Porter is the man. And I’m not just saying that because of his vocal talent. It’s obvious he’s got some chops and after listening to one record, you’ll be hooked on his lush, baritone voice. But, his humble presence and spiritual outlook are also traits that further reflect his star power. And with his… Read More Gregory Porter bridges soul and jazz on new album Liquid Spirit

Robert Glasper captures the best of hip-hop and jazz on new disc

There are jazz aficionados who believe that hip-hop and jazz should not be merged or even share any musical affiliation, whatsoever.  But, I disagree with that belief, especially after listening to creative, young jazz musicians such as Robert Glasper, who knows how to navigate both genres. Glasper skillfully combines hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, and rock music… Read More Robert Glasper captures the best of hip-hop and jazz on new disc