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Bassist dies at 78; Garland Thompson Sr. memorial

The intuitive bassist and educator whose style was a perfect fit for such varied musicians from Duke Ellington to Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Cecil Taylor and Carmen McRae died Dec. 2 in his home in Montclair, N.J. He was 78.

Raheem DeVaughn tops Billboard R&B chart

Three time Grammy Award nominated recording artist Raheem DeVaughn's new album, Love, Sex and Passion, debuted this week at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart.

Tenor sax player Fred Staton celebrates 100th birthday

On a cold February evening at the Local 802 Jazz Foundation of America in Midtown Manhattan, musicians from the Harlem Blues Band played wonderful jazz music in celebration of saxophone player Fred Staton's 100th birthday.

Music and culinary thrills in San Francisco

Whether you’re into a chaotic bar scene, mellow speakeasy vibes, classical music, artistic dance performances, the opera, DF-infused dance beats, intimate live ensembles, piano bars or anything in between, you’ll find something to fit your musical temperament in San Francisco.

Not ‘N*ggas in Paris,’ ‘Brown Butterfly,’ Whalum review

Hip-hop, jazz, blues, gospel, R&B and funk are all members of the Black music family. Like its older brother blues, hip-hop comes directly from the experiences and perspective of the singer or rapper.

Rapper J. Cole plans to open childhood home to single mothers

Young hip-hop star J. Cole plans to open his childhood as a safe haven for single mothers and their children.

New Century, Jazz at the Met

Upon a recent visit to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), it was quite evident the star of the hour was not an individual musician, but the all-inclusive New Century Jazz Quintet.

Jazz wins Golden Globe, Dr. Martin Luther King on jazz, ‘Selma’

When it comes to television and film, jazz takes a backseat as the stepbrother to hip-hop, soul or pop music, so it was somewhat of a surprise when J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for the ...

Doo-wop is back at Lehman Center

Well known doo-wop groups such as the Duprees, the Platters, Barbara Harris and the Toys, Larry Chance and the Earls, the Belmonts and Ragdoll, will be performing Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Lehman Center.

Common, John Legend take home Globe for ‘Glory’

It was clear from the beginning that Hollywood’s African-American community was largely under-represented in this year’s Golden Globes. “Selma” was the only Black film recognized in major categories, and Black actresses Quvenzhane Wallis, Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis went home ...

Guru’s legacy lives on, DJ Premier continues his reign

Chemistry is a word that gets thrown about loosely. Musically for instance, if a pairing comes with a couple of hit singles, then the word gets pulled out as the reason for the success. In theory it sounds good, but ...

Gospel legend Andrae Crouch passes at 72

Gospel legend Andrae Crouch has died, according to reports.

Azealia Banks, Q-Tip address cultural appropriation

There has been a racial battle boiling between hip-hop up-and-comers Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea for some time now.

New Year’s Eve celebrations 2014

No one wants to be home New Year’s Eve. It is the evening of celebration, bringing in the New Year with a bang and big plans with wishes for the year.

Top 10 hip-hop albums of 2014

Even though we live in a time of radio-ready music that’s shallower than a starfish wading pool, there are some hip-hop artists who make an effort to show individual style and attempt to express real glimpses of worldly perspective.

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