He became so successful as a nightclub performer, as a songwriter, as a personality, that his serious musical efforts never got the attention they deserved.
The record label of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald just got swallowed by a hip-hop business… and no one even noticed!
Looking out at the sea of students in cap and gown at Hunter College, I saw the 21st-century version of myself, sons and daughters of immigrants and newcomers to America from every corner of the world.
From Norman Rush’s new novel, 10 years in the making, to the best releases of early November, here are 21 must-reads.
Can Marsalis map jazz’s future? In a milestone year, writes Allison Samuels, his plan mixes old with new.