Johnny Pacheco Latin music visionary dies at 85

Johnny Pacheco, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, who instigated the sound of salsa to a generation of young teenagers in the Bronx that swung around the world along with his co-founding of the Fania Record label and forming the Fania All-Stars, ...

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY: Making ‘More Black History’ in Classical Music

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY: Making ‘More Black History’ in Classical Music

Billie Holiday’s complex life explored in two new films

For those curious about the tumultuous life of one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Billie Holiday, 2021 offers new and fresh perspectives on the late vocalist.

Ralph McDaniels looks to preserve Video Music Box’s legacy online

“So much of our culture has been lost over the years, because someone just threw it away,” said Ralph McDaniels to the AmNews.

Prolific rapper MF Doom dead at 49

It has been reported that the masked lyricist MF Doom has died. The news was first announced by this wife, Jasmine Dumile, via an emotional message posted on his Instagram account.

Stealth Isolation: Reflection for the future & the Best Black Albums of 2020

This time last year I had no idea that I would be tasked to write a series of pieces chronicling the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Freeman Vines’ unique guitars reclaim rural Southern memory

In a recent panel with noted artist Lonnie Holley, musician and artist Freeman Vines explained that a mysterious, almost otherworldly note from a fellow musician’s guitar decades ago was the unlikely genesis of his passion for making guitars.

Alexander String Quartet to honor composer George Walker: First African American to win Pulitzer for music

In the documentary Quincy, about the life of legendary music producer Quincy Jones, we learn that Jones studied with Nadia Boulanger, considered one of the best classical music instructors in the world.

Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of fame

Years after their deaths, Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex’s Marc Bolan will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Opera singer Denyce Graves to join Juilliard as distinguished visiting faculty

Black Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is joining Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts as distinguished visiting faculty beginning this month.

2nd annual Satchmo Jazz Salute For Veterans Nov. 11

The United States Veterans Administration is hosting a free livestream jazz concert for all New York City veterans.

Healing Music for Turbulent Times

Two musicians find friendship during quarantine.

Broadway for Biden: ‘A Concert for the Soul of the Nation’ free & live Oct. 21

This is the most important election this country has faced in my lifetime. Under Donald Trump’s leadership the country is dying, ill, suffering, unemployed and divided.

Stealth Isolation: the work of Nina Simone & Dionne Warwick

It has been reported widely that the president of the United States has contracted COVID-19.

Reggae legend Toots Hibbert has died at 77

Toots Hibbert, one of reggae’s founding fathers and principal singer-songwriter of the band Toots and the Maytals, has passed away at 77 years old.