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At 75, Joan Baez still offering a message of hope with ‘Gracias a la Vida’

“Gracias a la Vida” is a signature song for Joan Baez. It’s often performed toward the end of her concerts,…


SCP Jazz Series salutes the genre’s greats throughout 2016-17

Tributes to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Jazz at 100 are among the programs scheduled for…


For jazz bassist John Patittuci, it all sounds familial

When John Patitucci frames the story of how he became one of hottest bass players in the business, it’s a group shot, not a self-portrait. He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea. And now, with Wayne Shorter.


At 85, Cuba’s Omara Portuondo remains at the peak of her vocal powers

Cuba’s Omara Portuondo, who’s affectionately known as “La Diva, La Reina and La Chica Mas Sexy,” always puts the accent…


Jazz legend Wayne Shorter still going in unexpected directions

Wayne Shorter was reminiscing about his first gig in Chicago … 1959, at the Cloister Inn, with Art Blakey. June…


Yolanda Del Río recalls her influences, including Juan Gabriel

In the field of ranchera music, Mexico has produced many outstanding female vocalists: Lucha Villa, Amalia Mendoza, Lucha Reyes, and…


Yefim Bronfman makes a case for Prokofiev as master of piano sonata

Who is the most important composer of piano sonatas since Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert? Sergei Prokofiev might, at…

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway applauds Sarah Vaughan in song

Long a fan of The Divine One, vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway offered an even more tangible homage to the great…

Conductor Mariss Jansons.
Photo credit: Terry Linke

Mariss Jansons makes a case for the music of Shostakovich

In 2008, Gramophone magazine assembled a panel of leading music critics to choose the world’s top 20 orchestras — an…

Rudresh Mahanthappa |Photo: Jimmy Katz (2015)

Rudresh Mahanthappa turns jazz ornithologist for ‘Bird Calls’

In his short life, Charlie “Bird” Parker forever changed jazz, by giving improvisers a new harmonic vocabulary and moving jazz…


Louisiana gumbo: The essence of Dr. John, the ‘Spirit of Satch’

A conversation with Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack — a.k.a. Dr. John — sometimes can be hard to follow. Dotted with…