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Folks, the masterful Jeff “Tain” Watts will be performing at Harlem’s hottest live music venue, Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster presented by Revive Music keep reading »

Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Eubie Blake are among the many who called Brooklyn home for a time, and we are all the better for what they created during that time. Had it not been for these men and women, Brooklyn Jazz wouldn’t be putting the dent into music that it is now; stirring the pot in the mainstream while lighting a fire under established players who just want to play standards all day. Here are some of the borough’s legends that made history by not being satisfied with keeping the peace.

On Tuesday, August 6th world-renowned bassist and composer Derrick Hodge will be celebrating his debut album on Blue Note Records ‘Live Today’ featuring Travis Sayles (keys) , Christian Sands (keys), Mark Colenburg (drums) and Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) at The Cutting Room presented by Revive Music.

The always influential and outspoken musician Nicholas Payton recently posted an interesting article to his blog which has spurred a myriad of responses both in agreement and dissent. The argument brings us down to the core of what jazz is and what jazz musicians are or are not. Many musicians, Payton included, are opposed to even being called jazz musicians.

So Killing, Man is a relatively new website out there (it looks like it was started in October) that is dedicated to offering up transcriptions of jazz solos and analysis. There are a handful of solos up already, but the folks who run the site have claimed that they would like to get up a new transcription every Sunday, so if you’re a player and this kind of thing is up your alley, check it out.

Every other Thursday, Nir Felder and his quartet play two sets at the 55 Bar in the Greenwich Village. Nir is an amazing guitar player who specializes in an enjoyable jazzy-rock feel hybrid that’s augmented by such heavy players at Nate Smith and Mark Guiliana. The 55 Bar is an amazing NYC club that regularly hosts heavy hitters in the jazz world, while maintaining being one of the tiniest, most comfy feeling bars around

This past Monday, bassist Ben Williams and his quintet ‘Sound Effect’ were the featured band on the NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, which features performers of any style of music performing around a 15 or 20 minute live set behind the, well, tiny desk of Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s All Songs Considered program.

The drum and bass styling of 4hero’s original inception provided an erratic experience that would always lead to complete auditory overload. One of their most lasting compositions encapsulated this paradigm to perfection. Released on their 1991 album In Rough Territory, “Mr. Kirk’s Nightmare” brought together all of the modes that made 4hero great in the early 90s.

How does “Take Five” sound played on a sitar with the backing of a full orchestra? The wait is over as a Pakistani group is gaining critical acclaim and recognition for translating the jazz standards through the traditional instrumentation of Pakistan. The results are definitely worth checking out.

Check out the Guardian’s summer playlist series chronicling the history of modern music. We recommend the jazz playlist naturally!