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Black Music Month: John Coltrane

John William Coltrane, “Trane”, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms, he helped pioneers in the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in

 
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Black Music Month: James Brown

James Brown, “The Godfather of Soul”, (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was one of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance. His unique vocal and musical style influenced many artists. Brown was also known for his turbulent personal life, as well as his social

 
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Black Music Month: James DePreist

James DePreist (November 21, 1936 – February 8, 2013), was the Director Emeritus of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at The Juilliard School and Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony at the time of his death. He refused to let disability derail his career; he went on conducting after polio, contracted in 1962, left both

 
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