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March 31, 2011
The famed arts conservatory has a rich jazz presence. Today Juilliard Jazz celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Root talked to artistic director-drummer-producer Carl Allen about the school, touring and teaching, and why those who teach better be able to do, too.
Michael Fosberg was 30 when he found out that his long-lost biological father was black. His life, he says, is so much richer for that discovery -- which is the subject of a one-man play, Incognito, and now a memoir by the same name.
The family patriarch, Ellis Marsalis, accepted the award on behalf of the family and then performed with his sons.
For more than 60 years, Billy Taylor was a standard-bearer of modern jazz piano. But he will be remembered as much for his roles as an educator, broadcaster and institution builder -- and, in one special case, a neighbor.
Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was in Cuba last week as part of a cultural exchange that continues over the next few weeks in the U.S. But have politics overshadowed the musical motivation?
The elder grandmaster of drums Roy Haynes talks with The Root about his upcoming season-opening concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center, his roll call of influences and why his style remains in the pocket.
As he prepares for a rare live concert, the living legend riffs on the nature of jazz, his spiritual concerns and why it's important for young people to embrace the music.