Jazz

(Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny)

Image credit: Portrait of Billie Holiday in Down Beat magazine/William P. Gottlieb

Billie Holiday

For the younger generation, it might be surprising to discover how Billie Holiday, whose music is defined by its muted and subdued crooning could possibly tap into an impressive emotional range; but that’s exactly the magic behind this legendary jazz singer. And as Holiday beautifully warbles a quiet serenade, a younger audience might realize that highly stylized vocal gymnastics aren’t the only weapons in a singer’s arsenal when it comes to making people feel their music.
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ProleteR: Rookie EP

Take a break from the daily grind and bask in soulful hip-hop tunes with ProleteR‘s new EP, Rookie. Featuring eight tracks, the album is another genius addition to the artist’s rich canvass of hip-hop and jazz infusions.
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Gregory Porter

Grammy-awardee Gregory Porter is a force to reckon with in the world of jazz and R&B music. Want proof? His latest release, Liquid Spirit, won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. This LA-born and California-bred grew up as a football player until a shoulder injury sidelined his future as an athlete. Bad luck on his young self but good news for jazz aficionados out there as this little bend in the corner gave us this crafty and soulful singer.