This past weekend, I stood in a crowd of nearly 100,000 people in a desert two hours southeast of Los Angeles and witnessed Beyoncé claim her throne as the greatest entertainer of our generation.

Jazz Notes: JFA gala, Reggie Workman, Sistas’ Place, Smoke

The Jazz Foundation of America’s annual fundraiser held at the Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St.) is one of the most varied musical events in Harlem.

New NYC arts venue opens

A new arts space, The Shed, will be hosting myriad events at its new 200,000-square-foot, eight-level structure on 10th Avenue and 31st Street in New York City.

No criminal charges will be filed in Prince’s death

The prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died said Thursday that no criminal charges will be filed in the musician’s death, effectively ending the state’s two-year investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him.

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

District attorney says Meek Mill’s conviction should be tossed

A dance party has erupted in the streets outside a courthouse in Philadelphia as the city’s district attorney says Meek Mill’s convictions should be vacated and he should have a new trial.

Jazz Notes: Cecil Taylor, iconic innovator, dies at 89

Cecil Taylor, the pianist whose music was an intentional sound of revolutionary freedom, died April 5 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 89.

Jazz: An appreciation

April is Jazz Appreciation Month throughout the world, and the big celebration day is International Jazz Day. Held April 30 and implemented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011, it highlights jazz and the diplomatic role ...

New York’s jazz station goes beyond the airwaves

Walking through the halls of public radio jazz station WBGO 88.3 FM, it’s not hard to figure out why the nearly 40-year-old station is a epicenter of the American music genre aiming to keep dedicated jazz aficionados pleased along with ...

AmNews celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

Check out our special Jazz Appreciation Month digital section.

Run-D.M.C., Temptations added to the Library of Congress

The iconic hip-hop group, Run-D.M.C. and the soul powerhouses, The Temptations, have been added to the Library of Congress, along with 25 other artists

JAY-Z continues to fight mass incarceration with new investment

It has been announced that Roc Nation, JAY-Z’s media company founded in 2008, will be investing in an anti-incarceration app called Promise.

Jazz Notes: Uncharted, Weston at 92, Brown at Gallery

The 2018 Uncharted Concert Series, now running through May 12, is one of those unique jazz experiences multilayered with an assortment of possibilities to be explored.

Common, Angela Bassett, Black Thought, others bring words of Ta Nehisi Coates to Apollo stage

Angela Bassett, Joe Morton, Michelle Wilson, Common, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Greg Reid, Tariq Trotter and Pauletta Washington brought the words of Ta Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” to life at the famed Apollo Theater.

A hip-hop legend is reborn in Netflix’s ‘Roxanne Roxanne’

There are many ways to gain fame and fortune, and one way is to use your words, which is exactly what Roxanne Shanté did.