ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Do you think there’s enough of a connection for the youth or the younger ones that’s coming out now to really know where it all came from?
NAS: I think it’s there, but I think the young have their own young story to tell us. It’s such a story that — it’s new to them that — they’re just excited to tell their story that we need to hear. And then there’s a side where they just lazy. They don’t want to go — they don’t know that it’s beneficial for them to really know what they’re talking about and know what they’re doing. So some of this stuff may come out a little limited. Some of their creativities could be a little limited because of that.
Jazz Appreciation Month: Dinah Washington
1993 inductee Dinah Washington became one of the most popular singers of the 1950s, moving easily between jazz and blues with her powerful voice. Learn more about Washington at the Library and Archives.
Whole Lotta Zep
(L-R) Drummer John Bonham, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page of rock music group Led Zeppelin, circa 1969. Photo by Charles Bonnay//Time Life Pictures
Happy Birthday, Roy Orbison!
Recorded on December 4, 1988, at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio, this is part of Roy Orbison's final interview before his passing two days later on December 6, 1988. Orbison gave his last-ever performance that night at the Front Row Theater. This interview originally aired on a local access program with interviewer Tony Weber. The entire interview taken from the original recording is available for viewing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Library and Archives.
Jazz Appreciation Month Resources: Periodicals and Journals
Our jazz magazines date back to the early 1940s, and chronicle jazz as it moved through the swing era, jump blues, bop, fusion, and avant garde. Come to the Library and Archives to learn about jazz as it happened.
The Top 10 Concert Festival Moments in Rock and Roll History
The votes are in! Here are the top ten festival performances you voted to be featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s new exhibit Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience, opening this Friday!
- Jimi Hendrix Experience | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
- Big Brother and the Holding Company | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
- Queen | Live Aid (1985)
- Santana | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
- Bob Dylan | newportfolkfest (1965)
- Otis Redding | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
- Nine Inch Nails | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1994)
- Sly and the Family Stone | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
- U2 | Live Aid (1985)
- Muddy Waters | Newport Jazz Festival (1960)
You can learn more about these performances with the Library and Archives music festival research guide!
A Great Day in Harlem
This 1994 documentary highlights a remarkable moment in the history of American music when dozens of America’s jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. (60 minutes.)
Join us Friday 25 at noon in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online (http://www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives) or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).
Jazz at the National Archives is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Natixis Global Asset Management.
Photo by Art Kane, 1958. Courtesy of Jean Bach, Inc.
Jazz Appreciation Month: Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971) was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Image: From the Jimmy Baynes Collection.
Jazz Appreciation Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate musical milestones of the past. But it also ought to serve as a reminder that jazz is a vibrant art form in the current day.Ted Gioia, author of The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, picks his favorite 25 recordings that were released in the last few months.
More on Townshend’s rock opera at the Library and Archives.