Tag: harlemrenaissance

A Furious, Forgotten Slave Narrative Resurfaces After Nearly 170 Years

One day in 1855, a man walked into a newspaper office in Sydney, Australia, with an odd request. The man, later described as a “man of color” with “bright, intelligent eyes” and an American accent, was looking for a copy of the United States Constitution. The text was procured, along with a recent book on […]

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Tems, R&B’s Golden Child, Dials In

When the ground began to shake, rocking her bed to-and-fro like a raft in a current, Temilade Openiyi briefly wondered if she was dreaming. It was a bright April morning and she was still jet lagged from a flight — 12 hours from Lagos, Nigeria, to New York. It seemed unlikely that her hotel could […]

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She Wants to Make San Francisco Ballet an ‘Arrow to the Future’

Coming from Tamara Rojo, three words go a long way: “That, I believe.” Rojo, the artistic director of San Francisco Ballet since 2022, wants dancers to have autonomy — more than just input, a real choice in how to interpret a role. There’s a difference between watching dancers ripple through steps, however beautifully, and watching […]

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Jazz Bass

Here, Blanton is not only accompanying but also playing rhythmic melodic figures. When I first heard “Jive Rhapsody,” I remember thinking that it reminded me of what later Oscar Pettiford would play on the bridge of “Bohemia After Dark,” the same concept of rhythmic melodic figures but in a different strata this time. I love […]

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Jazz Saved the Bassist Luke Stewart. Now He’s Working to Rescue Others.

On a Sunday afternoon in March, Luke Stewart — a bassist and composer who has gradually emerged as a galvanic force in the contemporary jazz vanguard — stood at the corner of Pine and Broadway, in Manhattan’s Financial District, running down some local history. He pointed across the street, where the American Stock Exchange sat […]

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