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A Literary Fugue in Three Parts – “A Jazzman’s Tale” by Annette Johnson

A Jazzman’s Tale about trumpet player Charles Freeman Lee is a heady mélange of a book that starts off with the unique perspective of a screenplay. Part one delves deeply into the gritty life of a jazz musician whose gigging... Continue Reading →

Sk8tr Artist Renders Jazz Masters

This past August, Huck Magazine did a piece about the connection between skateboarding and creativity. It turns out that not only is there a sense of resilience in common (“they fall off, they get back on”), there is also the... Continue Reading →

A Saturated Palette: Artist Gaurab Thakali

This story accompanies an earlier one about Sonny Rollins. With assertive purples, blues, pinks, reds and oranges, illustrator Gaurab Thakali interprets cultural figures and societal issues. Some of his illustrations catch the collective attention of social media. One has exploded... Continue Reading →

Can’t Stop This Carnival – Digital Remastering Breathes New Life Into 1986 “Saxophone Colossus” Film on Sonny Rollins

Film documentarian Robert Mugge has always been captivated by the stories of music, particularly those of Al Green, Ruben Blades, the legendary 2010 rhythm and blues cruise, and the post-Katrina musicians of New Orleans. In 1986, he produced a now... Continue Reading →

For the Love of Sonny: The Proposed Renaming of a Bridge

"The New Yorker" by Gaurab Thakali with permission Jeff Caltabiano is a jazz devotee who continually immerses himself in its world, learning about the history, people and music of it. He’s the founder of an initiative to name the Williamsburg... Continue Reading →

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