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From:Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (Vol. 14, Issue 2)By 1955 the legendary pianist-composer Thelonious Sphere Monk [b. October 10,1917) had been playing music professionally for over twenty years. "They were always telling me for years to play commercial, be...
From:Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (Vol. 14, Issue 2)This essay is dedicated to the memory and eternal presence of Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones (1934-2014) who was not only a great artist, mentor, friend, colleague, and comrade but also--like he was for so many others around...
From:Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire (Vol. 14, Issue 2)On July 17,1955 at the second annual Newport Jazz Festival, Davis was literally invited at the last minute to join a group of prominent Jazz musicians in a staged twenty minute jam session that had been organized by the...
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