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.

Stealth isolation: Cardi B interviews Joe Biden; ‘Black Freethinkers’

America is a leading country that harbors the most cases of COVID-19. Our government’s leader did not act and is not doing everything possible to keep citizens safe.

Jimi Hendrix, Harlem’s adopted son: 50 years gone, but still No. 1

It is hard to believe that Sept. 18, 2020 will mark 50 years that Jimi Hendrix’s physical essence was extinguished from this planet.

Sistas’ Place—the watering hole for the Black soul

The legendary Sistas’ Place, one of the last Black jazz clubs standing in Brooklyn, closed out their very special outdoor summer concert series last Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, with the phenomenal Camille Gainer Jones Trio.

Stealth Isolation: ‘WAP,’ Black women’s liberation & our concerns

It’s been nearly five months since the first shutdowns in the United States due to COVID-19.

Stealth Isolation: ‘Black Is King’—Aspirations of royalty

As scientists race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, the world continues to live in limbo. Now that it has been nearly half a year, the world seems to be adjusting to the daily cautions and the news of spikes ...

Stealth Isolation: ‘Was Beethoven Black?’ Five Black composers we never knew

When thinking on what to write this week I came across a couple of Twitter threads commenting on how “Beethoven is Black” has been trending online