Nicholas Payton Traces the Birth of Pop Culture Back to Satchmo

[Updated] Nicholas Payton has made himself an Internet creation. He certainly had an acclaimed career without the Interwebs, but he has adapted himself and his art well to its modes, preferences, and bricolage-like habits. He has become a brand, so that everything he says or does is an extension of #BlackAmericanMusic or #BAM.

Kamasi Washington's Cosmic Voyage Touches Down at One Eyed Jacks

In contemporary jazz, few names ring out as loud as Kamasi Washington. The Los Angeles-based baritone saxophonist, band leader, composer, and cosmonaut towers above the scene, his massive frame dwarfed only by his prodigious chops. This weekend, he’ll park his spaceship at One Eyed Jacks, where he has early and late shows scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

A Quick Take on Jazz Fest 2017

What are the reasons to be excited by the lineup for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell? Not the top two lines of the talent release, which are filled with artists we’ve seen in the last decade. That’s certainly the case with Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Maroon 5. Will every Acura and Gentilly headliner this year be someone who has headlined the stage before?

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