New Orleans raised, a retired self taught sax player who spends his time keeping jazz alive through his writing, reviews, and occasional show.
Duke Ellington & The Gang
A benevolent patriarch, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington allowed this assemblage of virtuosos a maximum of creative attitude in performance and often deferred to their ideas as his pieces took form in rehearsals. He asserted only minimal discipline on off-stage behavior, outlining a band member's area of responsibility without undue talk, insisting only that their music take precedence. The men responded to him that it always did and it always would.
Female Fronted Bands That Rock
Female fronted bands have traditionally been in the minority in popular music. Men have comprised the most legendary bands in rock and roll history; The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the list goes on and on. But that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. There are plenty of female fronted bands rocking the clubs and auditoriums currently, and they’re only getting bigger.
Iconic Female Rappers
The rap industry, like most things, seems to be dominated by men. However, a little digging will show that there are a number of iconic female rappers who deserve more credit than they are getting. These women have helped to contributed to the world of rap and hip hop and have made a lasting imprint on the genre. Indeed, many of the most popular techniques and formats of rap might not be what they are without the influence of these women.
Best Record Players For Record Collectors
For the long-time record collector and the novice alike, one of the most important decisions is buying a record player. From adjustability to size to weight to sound and compatibility with modern technology, there are many factors to consider when looking for the best record player. One thing to note is that many manufacturer specs aren't always accurate, so taking a look at some reviews is always a good idea, especially concerning speed accuracy. With that in mind, here are our well-tested recommendations for the best record players for record collectors.
Best Album Covers of the 70s
They say if you can remember the 70s then you didn’t really experience them, so we’ve put together this list of the best album covers of the 70s in order to help you jog your memory. The 70s were a revolutionary time in terms of both music and art, and nothing captures that combination quite like some of the decade’s most iconic album covers. They show the style, look, and feel of an important decade in musical and world history.
Rise of Music Streaming
The way that we consume media has changed substantially in the last decade, in particular we have seen the rise of music streaming as one of, if not the most, popular way for people to consume media. While these new technologies and ways of relating to the music around us have made lasting changes in the world, the scope and effect of those changes can still be murky. Music streaming was born out of a radio culture, and it has since shaped the way that radio operates. Therefore it is important to understand the complex relationship between radio and the rise of music streaming to predict what our media consumption will look like in the future.
Evolution of the Concert
Attending concerts has become a staple for music-lovers, and even for those just interested in the social scene. Regardless of favorite genre or band, experiencing music live has become one of the most popular ways that people enjoy the arts and pay tribute to their favorite musicians.
Should I Force My Kid to Play an Instrument?
When children reach a teachable age, parents will often ask themselves “Should I force my kid to play an instrument?” While learning to play an instrument can be a great way for children to explore and cultivate a skill, it should be a conversation, not a one-way street. If they truly aren't interested, it can end up backfiring and causing thousands of dollars to be wasted. But we're not here to give parenting advice. If you are adamant about putting them into classes here are some things you should think about before you enroll them. By the end of this article, you will find the answer to the question “Should I force my kid to play an instrument?”