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Jan 15

The Boundary-Breaking Success Of Edwin Hawkins' 'Oh Happy Day'

Edwin Hawkins' "Oh Happy Day" was an accidental hit. The song, a gospel-style rework of an 18th century hymn, starts with a jazzy drum beat and a kind of blues pop piano groove.
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Jan 15

How Benny Goodman Orchestrated 'The Most Important Concert In Jazz History'

By 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman was already known as "The King of Swing" — the leader of the most popular dance band in America at a time when swing jazz was America's most popular music.
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Jan 15

Song Premiere: Mt. Joy, 'Jenny Jenkins'

Developing its musical roots in Philadelphia, Mt. Joy — one of the new class of Slingshot bands — is set to release its self-titled debut album on March 2. Founding members Matt Quinn (vocals/guitar)…
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Jan 15

Sunflower Bean, 'I Was A Fool' (Live At Pickathon)

When Sunflower Bean released Human Ceremony in 2016, a lot of ears perked up. It was an extraordinarily mature debut for a band whose three members — Julia Cummings, Nick Kivlen and Jacob Faber —…
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Jan 15

Jimmy Fallon Channels Trump Criticism Through James Taylor

"I didn't do it to humanize him," Jimmy Fallon told The New York Times last May, of the much-criticized hair ruffling he gave a pre-election Donald Trump during a 2016 interview.