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Crowd-funding jazz projects has ups and downs

Feb 29th, 2012 | By
Websites like Kickstarter.com – and ArtistShare, a comparable plan that preceded it -- have provided creative types with a community-backed alternative to “traditional” project fundraising options.


“Ain’t But a Few”: Willard Jenkins answers his own questions

Feb 10th, 2011 | By

Editor’s Note: Willard Jenkins is a journalist, arts consultant and presenter, co-author of African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, and instigating co-founder and former vice president of the JJA. As keeper of the blog The Independent Ear, Jenkins has instituted a series called “Ain’t But a Few of Us,” in which he poses questions to an array … [read more]



Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original

Apr 29th, 2010 | By

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original
By Robin D.G. Kelley
The Free Press, New York, 2009;
608 pp.; $30 hardcover

Early on in the pages of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, Robin D. G. Kelley explains where the name “Thelonious” may have originated. Saint Tillo was a Benedictine monk who … [read more]