Erykah Badu

Erica Abi Wright was born on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas. She began singing and dancing at the early age of four years old in theaters in Dallas. In her teenage/young adult years, she changed the spelling of her name from Erica to Erykah. She added the last name Badu after her favorite jazz […]

Coltrane Jazz

John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. He went on to become one of the most famous jazz performers of the 50s and 60s. Early on, Coltrane got his start with music when his mother bought him a saxophone in his high school years. He later joined the Navy […]

Heart/Beat Ballet Review

The Atlanta Ballet featured a new show titled Heart/Beat that included elements of jazz and gospel musical elements.  I thought it was very interesting that these different genres were incorporated into the show because they aren’t usually associated with ballet.  The “Sunrise Divine” set of the show was the most interesting to me. This element […]

Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and singer born on October 21, 1917 in South Carolina. Charles “Charlie” Parker Jr. was an American jazz saxophonist and composer born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas. Both Gillespie and Parker were major figures in popularizing bebop. Gillespie was known for his improvising talent […]