International Jazz Day’s 10th Anniversary

“Our International Jazz Day community has displayed incredible resilience, creativity, ingenuity and compassion throughout the immense challenges of the past year,” said Hancock in announcing the annual event. “While the global pandemic continues to make life difficult for so many around the world, the example of organizers from Nepal to Mexico to Cameroon inspires us to greet this historic 10th […]

The Pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali’s Lone Album Arrives, 56 Years Later

Hasaan Ibn Ali worked in an ensemble led by Max Roach and was credited as “the Legendary Hasaan” on one of the groundbreaking drummer’s mid-60s releases. But the pianist didn’t release an album as a bandleader during his lifetime — and in fact, only ever appeared on that one studio album — making him more of a jazz-world footnote than […]

Kesha Denied Appeal Of Dr. Luke Defamation Ruling As He’s Not “A Household Name”

CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses sexual assault Kesha has experienced another roadblock in her legal battle against Dr. Luke. Back in February of last year, Dr. Luke countersued the popstar for defamation, after she took sexual assault allegations against him to court. The New York Supreme Court ruled that Dr. Luke, real name Lukas Gottswald, was not a “household […]

Shock G Dies at 57: Celebs Remember a ‘Total Original’

The hip-hop community is in mourning following the death of Shock G, at the age of 57. The rapper (real name Gregory Jacobs) formed Digital Underground with Chopmaster J and Kenny-K in Oakland, Calif., back in 1987, and charged into the charts on several occasions in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The group enjoyed four top 40-charting hits on […]

Bob Porter, Jazz Producer and Broadcaster, Dies at 80

On his own podcast earlier this month, Nate Chinen, the director of editorial content at WBGO, called Mr. Porter “a Mount Rushmore figure when it comes to Newark public radio — someone who was on the air, really, from Day 1.” Robert Sherwin Porter was born in Wellesley, Mass., on June 20, 1940, to David Porter, who ran the financial […]