It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets on the mic to freestyle.
Next time on All This Jazz --- to borrow a phrase from the fantastic soul-jazz guitarist Grant Green (and specifically, from the classic Blue Note LP shown here) --- we'll be "Feelin' the Spirit." Please tune in for the forthcoming edition of our show, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 30th here on Public Radio 89.5-1.
Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 1:54 pm
The narrative of jazz history often credits the music as a powerful, progressive force for racial integration in American culture. But what about gender equality? On that score, jazz in its first few decades would have to be given a less than stellar grade.
In this Piano Jazz episode recorded in 1992, we remember the remarkable talents of Shirley Scott, the "Queen of the Organ," as she solos on "Skylark" and joins host Marian McPartland for a piano duet of "In a Mellow Tone."
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.
For fans of the Tokyo String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio who would like to hear the entirePerformance Oklahoma program promised last Saturday evening, we have good news - a rebroadcast! This time, a broadcast in its entirety (we promise) this Saturday evening at 8:00 over Classical 88.7-1.