The young band, led by Grammy-nominated fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet, fuses Cajun and Creole sounds in a wild, boundary-blurring mix.
Jazz’s highest-profile competition recently crowned a new victor in a star-studded gala. But for the Thelonious Monk Institute, competition is only a small part of its desire to be back out West.
What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between large ensemble jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? One multi-generational group of musicians has made it their aim to find out.
“All this was community,” BeauSoleil’s Michael Doucet says. “This was not meant for the world, in a sense. It was just for the community to get together and have a good time and share.”
The composer and singer describes her own sound as “folk music from another planet.” Q2 visits the Tribeca loft that’s been home to Monk’s white-hot creative energies for more than 40 years.
It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world’s most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.
Fiddler Mark O’Connor claims Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the popular Suzuki Method of violin instruction, was a fraud. O’Connor has created his own teaching system.
Famed film director Melvin Van Peebles joined the band The Heliocentrics to create music inspired by the sounds and signals of deep space exploration.
Brown was one of the pioneers of R&B. In a 1993 session, she sang to host Marian McPartland’s accompaniment in “Skylark” and “Fine And Mellow.”
The saxophonist and composer, now 70, has always pushed boundaries. Harlem Stage celebrates his career with a two-day concert retrospective of his various groundbreaking ensembles.