Through albums, film scores, operas, and his multi-media “Caravan,” jazz artist Terence Blanchard’s music takes aim at violence and intolerance, setting its sights on compassion.
The Grammy-winning singer-bassist’s ‘12 Little Spells’ charts her search for music’s therapeutic power. Now she’s going to grad school to study the data.
Dusting off old protest songs and writing some new ones himself, the venerable pop and jazz guitarist hopes to build a popular front against the president.
Bassist Derek Smalls is back—visibly older, possibly wiser, and without his Spinal Tap mates. He talks about his new album, revamping his image, and laying off the zucchini.
A collective fights bias in the performing arts with a Code of Conduct that goes beyond sexual harassment and gender to flexibly target bias of all sorts while promoting respect.
On the first anniversary of the Trump inauguration, the Federation—a group co-led by Laurie Anderson—is harnessing the energy of American artists who are itching to fight back.
New Orleans native son Jon Batiste reflects on his home town’s decision to remove Confederate statues and how he reworked a Civil War anthem to reflect modern America.
The late critic tirelessly supported the improvisational genius of America’s native art form and the rights of all citizens, contrarian or not, to speak their minds.
Under loosened restrictions, U.S. and Cuban jazz musicians linked up at a Havana music festival to celebrate a common heritage—but can that last under Trump?
The late jazz bassist and his Liberation Music Orchestra made powerful, sophisticated protest music. His final recording arrives just when we need it most.