Category Archives: Jazz

The Impossibly Cool Album Covers of Blue Note Records: Meet the Creative Team Behind These Iconic Designs

“If you stepped into a record store in the 1950s and 60s, you would likely be drawn almost immediately to a Blue Note release—whether or not you were a fan of jazz or had heard of the artist or even … Continue reading

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The Invention of Mid-Century Cool

“Between 1951, when Barney Rosset purchased it for $3000, and 1970, Grove Press became a veritable communications center for the counterculture, defined in many ways by the visual sensibility of legendary cover designer Roy Kuhlman. Rosset shared Kuhlman’s aesthetic taste—which … Continue reading

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Avant-garde jazz

Robert Palmer – Jan. 31, 1986: “They said avant-garde jazz, or ‘free form’ or ‘the new music,’ wouldn’t last -‘they’ always do. But the avant-garde jazz of the 1960’s, that initially chaotic-sounding assault on traditional notions of harmony, rhythm and … Continue reading

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Mod and Rockers

Mod teenagers in 1965 “Mod is a subculture that began in London and spread throughout Great Britain and elsewhere, eventually influencing fashions and trends in other countries, and continues today on a smaller scale. Focused on music and fashion, the … Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been (February 26, 1976)

“The San Francisco scene started at the Red Dog Saloon, as much as you can say it started at any one place. Most of the elements were there: rock & roll, a sort of light show, the first psychedelic dance … Continue reading

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Black Arts Movement

Amiri Baraka (center) and Yusef Iman (second from left) with musicians and actors of the black arts movement, Spirit House, Newark, New Jersey, 1966 “The Black Arts Movement (or BAM) was an African American-led art movement, active during the 1960s … Continue reading

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Ska

“Ska (/skɑː/; Jamaican: [skjæ]) is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. It combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. Ska is … Continue reading

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The Fillmore

“The Fillmore is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California. Built in 1912 and originally named the Majestic Hall, it became the Fillmore Auditorium in 1954. It is in Western Addition, on the edge of the Fillmore District and … Continue reading

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Horace Silver – Song For My Father (1964)

“One of Blue Note’s greatest mainstream hard bop dates, Song for My Father is Horace Silver‘s signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with classics. Silver was always a master at balancing jumping rhythms with complex harmonies … Continue reading

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At ‘Black Woodstock,’ an All-Star Lineup Delivered Joy and Renewal to 300,000

A rain shower didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds at what is now Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. July 13, 1969. “Woodstock was big and messy, thrilling and stirring — and summed up finally by Jimi Hendrix, whose festival-closing … Continue reading

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