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There’s nothing more classic than the soul-splicing sound of Miles Davis. Whether he was cooing out raspy standards or delving into the raucous unknown of keep reading »

Following the uproar, agreement, excitement, disagreement, and and ensuing debate over Nicholas Payton’s blog post entitled “On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore,” Payton will be hosting the inaugural #BAM(Black American Music) Conference at Birdland this Thursday 1/5. Payton has invited those who agree with him as well as those who disagree alike to discuss the ins and outs of all forms of Black American Music with journalist and cultural critic Touré moderating the discussion. Panelists will include Gary Bartz, Orrin Evans, Marcus Strickland, and Ben Wolfe along with Payton. The conference is free and open to the public, so if you find yourself with the time and opportunity, this is not a discussion to be missed.

Come celebrate the legacy of the great Miles Davis Quintet at The Apple Store Soho this Tuesday, September 27th at 7pm. Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1, the CD and DVD set is a must-have collection for Miles fans, including a visually stunning collection of live performances.

Tanglewood, in the rolling hills of Lenox, Massachusetts has been a hotbed for sophisticated and legendary concert going for decades now. A live recording of a Miles Davis performance in 1970 has just been released for free streaming on Wolfgang’s Vault, according to Jazztimes, and also features Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moriera, Keith Jarrett, and Gary Bartz.

When John Coltrane’s blistering soprano sax led in on “My Favorite Things,” audiences were captured by Coltrane’s investigations into modal jazz and his complex re-workings of harmonies. More fascinating still, is that Coltrane chose to leave bop behind and explore this new musical territory- seen in hindsight as a pivotal turning point in the history of jazz – on an instrument that had almost become obsolete in jazz, the soprano sax. Seemingly out of nowhere, the soprano sax returned to center stage once again and proudly claimed its unique position in the story, tone and texture of jazz. Although Coltrane is one of the most famous players in jazz’s history and the history of the saxophone, there are countless more who made waves in different ways on both the alto and soprano. For this week’s Evolution of An Instrument we take you from Sidney Bechet, arguably the first jazz saophonist, through the beautiful alto tones of Lee Konitz, and up to the Carnatic intensities of Rudresh Mahanthappa. We talked with countless musicians to bring you a comprehensive list that reflects the scope of jazz history. We hope you enjoy this segment and stay tuned for Tenor and Bari next week!