True Stories

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 .
True Stories

Being Booted by Nancy Sinatra

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

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.
True Stories

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 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.
True Stories

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.
True Stories

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.
True Stories

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.
True Stories

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.
True Stories

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.
True Stories

The Day Louis Forgot His Lines

While recording his hit song “Heebie Jeebies,” Louis Armstrong dropped his lyrics.

The Weekender

OZY Tribe members near and far provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
True Stories

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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