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.
As 2014 draws to a close, now is as good a time as any to recap a few musical events that took place throughout the year. There were tons of ups and downs when it came to albums, concerts, trends, and songs. Here are just a few musicians who stood out to me this year… Read More 2014 Musical Recap
Detroit has been at the center of controversy and financial distress for many years. Between its impending bankruptcy, rebirth and the constant criticism it receives, it’s safe to say there is no more room left for error on the city’s part. But one thing that never seems to fail is the musical allegiance and talent that… Read More Meet DeJ Loaf and Detroit Che: Detroit’s hottest new MC’s
With the immense popularity of Australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s hit record “Fancy” I decided to revisit a blog post I wrote a couple years ago about a few up and coming rappers, one of which was Azalea. Although it may seem as if Azalea just popped up from out of nowhere, she’s actually been tugging for the crown for a… Read More Move Over Nicki Minaj: Part II