Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 11:30 am
Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis hails from one of New Orleans' most distinguished jazz families. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, as well as multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, but his commitment to the improvement of life for all people is what demonstrates the best of his character and humanity.
Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 8:55 am
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.
Soul and gospel singer Fontella Bass, whose 1965 hit "Rescue Me" endures as one of the most recognizable soul records of the '60s, died last week on the day after Christmas. She was 72 years old. Despite the success of "Rescue Me," it was the number one R&B single for four weeks, it took years of litigation before Bass could claim her share of songwriting credit and royalties. In 1993, she sued American Express for using the song in a commercial and received what she said was a significant settlement.
Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 11:25 am
In its annual December feature called "The Music They Made" commemorating artists who have died in the preceding year, the New York Times Magazine once again neglected to include a single classical musician.
The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' <em>What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.</em>
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Music journalist Laina Dawes is a contributing editor at <a href="http://www.blogher.com/">BlogHer</a>. She has also written for <a href="http://exclaim.ca/">Exclaim! Canada</a> and <a href="http://www.hellbound.ca/">Hellbound</a>.