This one's for fans of improvisational jazz: Long Sidewalks' album Staffa is one of the first projects of the New Orleans International Sound Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to fostering interactions between New Orleans-based improvisers and world-class musicians from other cities.
In this piece from NPR Music, rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose latest album, To Pimp a Butterfly, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart earlier this year, visits Brian Mooney's class at High Tech High School in North Bergen, N.J.
The Oya! Market has a new space at 2606 St. Claude. Located next to the Healing Center in the same building that used to house a Super 10, the market has transformed the real estate, revealing its architectural roots with exposed brick walls and a tin tile ceiling. The market is populated by a 50-artist nonprofit collaborative group selling the fruits of their labor.
Since the 1960s, Nigerian Afro-pop pioneer Orlando Julius has merged western pop, soul, and R&B with traditional African sounds and rhythms. In this video, he does a steamy, funky version of "Aseni" with the Heliocentrics (a London-based musical collective combining funk, jazz and hip-hop influences) at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was one of the great innovators in twentieth-century American music, gospel's first cross-over artist and a huge influence on early rock-n-roll. Here she does "Up Above My Head" on the show TV Gospel Time (which ran from 1962-66) accompanied by the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Choir and rocking her Gibson Les Paul SG custom.