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Les McCann

Living in post-9/11 Manhattan, I’ve had to learn to be more flexible than Gumby. I need more arms than Durga to field all the curve balls life’s throwing at me. 


Written by John Kruth

Les McCann


A Message from the Meters

The Meters

The Meters have a convoluted history. While there’s no disputing their monumental influence on four decades of music, even original members.... 


Written by Ronnie Reese

The Meters

A Whole New Liquid

Yusef Lateef discusses his colorful musical experiences that influenced his sonic persona and the influential producer Joel Dorn adds his unique perspective.


Written by John Kruth

A Whole New Liquid



Jay Dee Remembered

Remembering the life of J Dilla, featuring conversations with those closest to him, including Q-Tip, Common, Busta Rhymes, Questlove and more.


Written by Ronnie Reese

Jay Dee Remembered

























Tenacious Spirit

After a rather combative interview with Teddy Pendergrass for Wax Poetics 33, I was often asked, “What was up with Teddy that day?” 


Written by Ronnie Reese

Tenacious Spirit



Don’t Stop the Groove

Although enlightened music fans the world over were saddened by the passing of organist Lyman Woodard, the relationship that Wax Poetics had formed with the gifted musician and composer....


Written by Jon Kirby

Don’t Stop the Groove







George Duke

Keyboardist George Duke had his ecclectic beginnings playing with Frank Zappa’s band. Then he conquered the funky jazz scene on Germany’s MPS label.


Written by Jon Kirby

George Duke


















Ghostface Killah

In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman.


Written by David Ma

Ghostface Killah

Edwin Birdsong

Producer, songwriter, and organist Edwin Birdsong is the anonymous genius behind some of jazz-funk’s most cosmic moments. 


Written by Andy Thomas

Edwin Birdsong

Thom Bell

Composer, arranger, and producer Thom Bell has quietly made his mark on the sound of popular music for the last half century.


Written by A. D. Amorosi

Thom Bell






Eternal Soul

Aaliyah

On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a sex scandal that would have crushed a lesser talent. 


Written by Michael A. Gonzales

Aaliyah

The Roots

The Roots first hit the national spotlight as a live hip-hop act with their 1993 indie debut, Organix...


Written by Ericka Blount Danois

The Roots



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