The Young Lyons of Jazz

                              Almost like the majority genres of music, jazz music has evolved over time according to each generation since its development. Jazz as a genre has changed dramatically compared its humble beginning in Congo Square. Although jazz’ popularity has decreased tremendously […]

The Robert Glasper Experiment

                                In the Robert Glasper Experiment concert performance a unique style of jazz fusion was played. Not only did the band incorporate multiple musical traits that your average jazz musicians would not usually arrange together, but they made it flow […]

Who is Dinah Washington?

Born August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was arguably one of best artists of our time. As a child, Ruth Lee Jones, later named Dinah Washington, moved with her family to Chicago, where she mastered the piano under the influence of her mother, who played at St. Luke’s Baptist Church. During this early stage of […]

Jazz Fusion: A Beautiful Blend

What is To begin, Jazz Fusion is a genre of music that not only combines jazz’s harmonic qualities but, rhythm and blues, rock & roll, and funk. Compared to traditional jazz, also known as trad jazz, jazz fusion primarily focuses on electric and electronic instruments as its developmental sound, which was something that was more […]

Atlanta Ballet presents ‘Heart/Beat: Gospel, Brubeck and Rhythms of the City’

For starters, I have not been to a ballet show in over five years. To begin, the show was a pleasant diversion from the more traditional or romantic feel that ballet companies typically feel compelled to offer around Valentine’s Day. The production could be seen to be “infectious mix of jazz and gospel” and features […]

Nina Simone: A Raised Voice

Nina Simone, whose original name is Euncie Waymon, was born February 21, 1933 in Tyran, North Carolina. Simone fought through Jim Crow Laws and bipolar disorder to become one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. She was the sixth of eight children. With that, she began playing the piano at three years […]

John Coltrane

To being, John Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of mode. In the beginning Coltrane was playing with bebop and a mixture or following the beat of the drums and piano. Following, Coltrane’s style was nice introduction […]

Thelonious Monk Quartet Concert Report

                     To begin, Thelonious Monk was an American jazz piano and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.  To be begin,  a melody is a sequence of single notes that is […]

Louie Armstrong – Background Beginning the year of 1919, Louie Armstrong spent his summers playing on riverboats with a band led by Fate Marable. He was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. There is there Louis honed his music reading skills, eventually having his first encounter with other jazz legends such as Mix Beiderbecke and Jack Teagarden.  In 1922, King Oliver sent for […]

Jazmyn Davis

I am sophomore Economics major on the pre medical track from Los Angeles, California.