A Black Harpist Makes Classical Music for the Moment

Charles Overton is using an unlikely instrument to make a big impact.

A Grammy Winner Picks 6 Things That Don’t Suck in 2020

When Grammy winner Joseph Chiccarelli tells you what your ears need to hear, you’d be foolish not to listen.

The Night Nina Simone Danced Nude in a Liberian Disco

The African American songstress forgot her sorrows on a night out during her stay on the West African coast and partied like it was 1999 .

Visiting the 'Hole' That's the Jazziest Record Shop in Lagos

If you’re in Lagos this Record Store Day — or any day — don’t miss this love-filled mecca for old-school Nigerian jazz.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

Being Booted by Nancy Sinatra

It was a simple enough gig: Get in, interview Nancy Sinatra, get out.

The Day Jazz Great Max Roach Flipped Out

When a 76-year-old drummer calls you with an ass-beating in mind — yours — you take notice.

This Colonial Enclave Spawned India’s Jazz Age

In Goa, Western musical influences turned this former Portuguese outpost into an unlikely but passionate hotbed of jazz.

The Day Herbie Hancock Met the Electric Piano

When Miles Davis gave his sideman a new kind of keyboard, he changed the history of jazz.

How a Hasty Cover Song Made a Jazz Giant’s Career

An impromptu recording session of remakes produced a Count Basie hit and introduced Kansas City to the jazz world.

Meet the Electric Guitarist Who Gave Benny Goodman a Jolt

Guitarist Charlie Christian was warming up with fellow musicians, waiting for bandleader Benny Goodman, and a smooth jazz classic was born.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

When Miles Davis and John Coltrane Scandalized Paris

The dup got off to a dissonant start on tour in Europe — but then went on to collaborate during five of the most inventive years in jazz.

How Nina Simone Used Her Musical Art for Racial Justice

This singer, pianist and composer turned her multifaceted artistry — and her anger — into a powerful voice for equality.

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