Ben Shaw

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Is This Jazz?: Social Music For Social Change
November 30, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Social Music For Social Change

I’ve often said that jazz is social music; however, I haven’t explained how it plays into the current musical landscape. ...

Is This Jazz?: Leonard Brown on the 39th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert
October 26, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Leonard Brown on the 39th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert

The late saxophonist John Coltrane left a legacy that looms large not only in jazz, but in all music. His ...

Is This Jazz? Reclaiming The Standard
October 5, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? Reclaiming The Standard

  Last article I briefly dove into the concept of the “standard,” one of the foundations of jazz heritage and education. ...

Is This Jazz? Old Is New
September 21, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? Old Is New

Purchasing a new album has always been a thrill. The only problem I have is learning when enough is enough. ...

Is This Jazz?: Autumn in Rhode Island
August 31, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: Autumn in Rhode Island

  As leaves begin to fall, we tend to get caught in the nostalgia of summer, but if we only ...

Is This Jazz?: My Time At Newport Jazz Fest
August 10, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: My Time At Newport Jazz Fest

  This past weekend members of the jazz faithful from across the country packed into their cars and headed toward ...

Is This Jazz?: An Incomplete Guide To The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival
July 20, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?: An Incomplete Guide To The 2016 Newport Jazz Festival

  Anybody who has had the good fortune to attend the Newport Jazz Festival knows it can be a bit ...

Is This Jazz? Where to Start
July 6, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz? Where to Start

  People who lack interest in jazz music typically cite one main reason: They just don’t understand it. There is ...

Is This Jazz?
June 1, 2016 No Commentby

Is This Jazz?

Ever since I first started listening to jazz, I’ve been on an hopeless quest to define it. I would tear ...