The Grammy-winning trumpet player and composer’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” is the first opera by a Black composer performed at the Metropolitan Opera in its 138-year history.
Larry Blumenfeld writes regularly about music and culture for The Wall Street Journal and Daily Beast. His work has appeared in publications and websites including The Village Voice, The New York Times and Salon. His reporting and essays often focus on connections between arts and issues of politics and social justice, especially in times of crisis; as a critic, he specializes in jazz and Afro-Latin music. He was the 2019 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University and has received the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing from the Jazz Journalists Association, a Katrina Media Fellowship with the Open Society Institute, and a National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University. He programs and hosts the “Jazz and Social Justice” series for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem; is editor-at-large of Jazziz Magazine; Jazz Adviser for the Wells Fargo Jazz Series of Spoleto Festival USA; and the co-founder and curator of the Deer Isle Jazz Festival in Stonington, Maine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, travels to New Orleans whenever he can, and occasionally still plays basketball. He blogs (sometimes) at http://larryblumenfeld.com.
An expanded edition of a 2005 post-Katrina benefit album speaks to our present moment of estrangement.
Amid enduring the pandemic and the loss of his father, the celebrated musician talks about cultural hustles, keeping jazz alive during quarantine, and those statues in New Orleans.
Arrested in Starke, Florida, the author was humiliated by a bigoted cop 25 years ago. Can that experience enlighten him about far deeper issues today?
Remembering Ellis Marsalis, father of the Crescent City’s most famous jazz family, which includes musical sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason—on his own terms.
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.