Louis Armstrong and the civil rights movement

Sam Smith - Louis Armstrong, given his great popularity among whites, would, from time to time, come under criticism for not doing more for civil rights. Ben Schwartz in the New Yorker sheds some interesting light on this in a new article, including Armstrong's response for not having taken part in a protest march: “My … Continue reading Louis Armstrong and the civil rights movement

Music’s real problem is downgrading, not downloading

Sam Smith Missing from the righteous outrage over the attacks on the Internet by the film and recording industries has been fact that movies and music are quite different. From its beginning, music has been the one the few forms of art intended to be replicated and shared and not just absorbed. There are no … Continue reading Music’s real problem is downgrading, not downloading

I can’t hear the music. . . There’s a lawyer in my ear

Sam Smith I recently went to the Progressive Review's music page and clicked on a link to a jazz video from many years ago. Instead of the video I found this: "This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated." I began clicking other links - to … Continue reading I can’t hear the music. . . There’s a lawyer in my ear

Jazz: Cooler and cheaper than war

Sam Smith A HALF CENTURY AGO , jazz musician Dave Brubeck became a star in an anomaly: some American foreign policy that actually worked. He recently was in Washington celebrating his participation in the Jazz Ambassadors program of the 1950s,which sent musicians abroad to show a different side of America. Among the other participants: Dizzy … Continue reading Jazz: Cooler and cheaper than war