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Music, All Shook Down The Great Sonny Rollins on Why Jazz Is "King of All Musics"

The Great Sonny Rollins on Why Jazz Is "King of All Musics"

Long celebrated as one of the greatest tenor players in the history of jazz, saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins has been refining the art of creative improvisation for almost seven decades. A precocious youth growing up in Harlem during the golden…
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Max Roach is known for being the leading drummer of the bebop movement, and justifiably so. He was the first to fully grasp the implications of the new style developed by Kenny Clarke, which drove the beat with the cymbal…
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Asian-American Summit

As one of the foremost erhu (a two-stringed Chinese violin) musicians in the world, Jiebing Chen was well aware of the traditional limitations imposed on her instrument -- for example, that it had rarely been used for improvisation and that…
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The Re-Rebirth of Cool

Eleven years ago, in a lush field outside of London, jazz drummer Jonah Sharp tripped his brains out and stumbled upon the beauty of inorganic sound. There, in the Dionysian setting of a rave, Sharp realized that playing bebop standards…
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King Sonny

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is arguably the greatest living jazz musician. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, he has worked with most of the seminal figures of modern jazz, often leading the way to the next step…
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Max Roach/Leon Parker Max Roach knows that the beat is the backbone of jazz. For half a century, along with fellow bop godfathers Art Blakey and Roy Haynes, his rhythmic energy has propelled some of the genre's greatest names: Charlie…
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