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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Most jazz musicians, asked about the defining concerts in their careers, will name a prestigious venue or heralded festival. For Darcy James Argue’s Grammy- and Juno-nominated big band Secret Society, old-school adulation is all very well, but the sweat, grunge and intimacy more common to indie rock has given them a vision of the future of jazz.

Ben E. King – A Soul Man’s Jazz Odyssey

  Fifty years since Ben E. King left the Drifters to start his solo career, his hits are still being covered by everyone from American Idol hopefuls to Michael Bublé to U2. And yet, throughout the past decade, the soul legend with the rough-but-tender voice has kept a low profile, singing in supper clubs and […]

Blue Note’s Cool Cachet

Bruce Lundvall keeps ’em lookin’ as good as they sound   When German emigrés Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff founded the Blue Note record label 70 years ago in New York City, jazz held most of the market for recorded music. Nowadays, it’s decidedly a niche genre. So why do so many artists with mainstream success, […]