A Bridge To The Present: A Conversation with Lenny White

  Lenny White (b. December 19, 1949, Jamaica Queens, NY) is simply living history.  The drummer has played and collaborated with a who’s who in music including Jackie McLean, Miles Davis, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea,Tom Browne, Gato Barbieri, Marcus Miller, […]

A Conversation with Vanderlei Pereira

Want to know about Brazilian jazz? New York Jazz Workshop faculty member Vanderlei Pereira is a mestre (Portuguese for master). The drummer has been an incredibly important part of the Brazilian, and New York music scenes for decades. Born in […]

Who are some women in jazz?

On this episode of the New York Jazz Workshop Podcast  the topic is women in jazz.  Who are some women in jazz?  Today more than ever, women in jazz have integrated into the traditionally male dominated form on equal footing […]

Jazz as a medium for social and political change

Jazz has been a catalyst for political and social change throughout it’s entire history. The music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Charles Mingus, Darius Jones, Tia Fuller, Jazzmeia Horn, and […]

What are the effects of jazz music on the brain?

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Jazz music’s effects on the brain are vast.  Studies conducted with general listeners in mind showed that listening to the music releases chemicals in the brain that regulate mood.  For musicians the act of creation triggers different areas that enhance […]

What are some accessible styles of jazz?

Jazz has gone through many developments over the past 100 years, and the music is still developing.  In the period of 1945-1960 alone, a brief fifteen years saw the development of bop, cool jazz, hard bop and the avant garde.  […]

Africa’s impact on jazz

Africa’s impact on jazz has been huge.  Despite the form having a short history of one hundred years, a lot of ground is covered. One of the biggest aspects also touched on in the New York Jazz Workshop blog post: All […]

What qualifies as a jazz festival?


Jazz is a fairly fluid term these days, characterizing music that centers around improvisation as a key element.  Many people have different definitions of jazz, and for those who frequent jazz festivals who are casual music goers, it is confusing […]