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January 25, 2017

When you think “Motown,” iconic songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through the Grapevine” or the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” come to mi...

January 25, 2017

In the new Amazon series Crisis in six Scenes, Woody Allen frames his meandering plot with classic jazz hits from the ’60s: “Moanin’” played...

December 8, 2016

Before I jump into this month’s column, I need to issue some corrections from last month.

December 8, 2016

Written music notation provides a visual description of sound. Some bass players don’t read well, but they deliver an electrifying pulse.

December 1, 2016

James Brown. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 50-plus years, you have been touched by this man’s genius.

December 1, 2016

Can you find Tunisia on a map without using online help? I thought so.

November 4, 2016

As often happens while writing this column, one discovery leads to the next, and last month’s exploration of the recording scene in mid-cent...

November 4, 2016

Jazz theory has a bad rap. If you hang around online music forums long enough, someone inevitably claims that theorists ruin music, and ever...

October 6, 2016

Exploring the “thin black line” between R&B and rock & roll, I find there are artists clearly on one side or the other, and ones that stradd...

October 6, 2016

Why do some songs become standards while others don’t?

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