Kendrick Lamar’s recent award of the Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album Damn. is as much of a cultural watershed moment as Duke Ellington’s infamous Carnegie Hall debut in 1943. At this pivotal point in Ellington’s career, he had already cemented his status as one of the most accomplished and prolific musicians of his generation. With hits such as “Black and Tan Fantasy,” “Mood Indigo,” “It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing),” “Take the A Train,” and many others, Ellington was sonically redefining black music while serving as one of the central sirens of a burgeoning, modern black subjectivity.
The “David Bowie is” exhibit transforms the life of a music legend into a display of colorful artistry set to the backdrop of the singers greatest hit music at the Brooklyn Museum. The Bowie exhibit is unique in its style serving as a tribute to David Bowie and his diverse music.
What creates new ideas within me in such situations, new things to do, is that I play with my trio because it is my trio and I have a long history with Roscoe so I am uniquely positioned in this case to find the bridge between these two subsets to make it into a cohesive whole as a quartet concept.
Nick Cave is more relevant and astounding than ever; he and his band, The Bad Seeds (Warren Ellis, George Vjestica, Jim Sclavunos, Martyn Casey, Thomas Wydler and Larry Mullins) are currently on tour in the U.S. and have European tour dates ready to finish off the year.
It’s the summer of 2016 and Tammy Faye Starlight is Nico Underground and it is the show to see! I caught her at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for free! A dazzling gifted performance artist /singer who you would suspect has supernatural powers the way she channels Nico.