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Billie Full Of Grace

August 20, 2019

The only place Holiday received formal vocal instruction also gave her bad-girl cred and an ambitious spiritual discipline. It was The House Of The Good Shepherd For Colored Girls, a Catholic convent.

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Empress Of The Stage

August 12, 2019

How do we understand the music of the early 20th Century if we consider Bessie Smith — seriously — as an actress?

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João Gilberto, Master Of Bossa Nova, Dies At 88

July 8, 2019

The Brazilian singer and guitarist, who won wide acclaim for his abundant technical skill and minimalist style, was behind one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, 1964's Getz/Gilberto.

Joel Ross And His (Exceptionally) Good Vibes

June 19, 2019

The vibraphonist has a "love-hate relationship" with his instrument that has been helpful in perfecting his craft — but it wouldn't mean much without the deep emotional well he pulls from.