Living with Jazz

Living with Jazz

I was painfully aware of my lack of a jazzer’s ear the year I spent playing tenor saxophone in my high school jazz band. I…

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Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

I Skyped with four eighth graders seated in someone’s living room while someone’s grandma puttered around in the background, obviously eavesdropping on our chat about…

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King and Queen of the Weekend: The Glorious Revisionism of Lorde’s Melodrama

King and Queen of the Weekend: The Glorious Revisionism of Lorde’s Melodrama

In 2013, Pure Heroine burst into pop culture with a precocious “Royals” that was more acutely aware of the limitations of adolescence and the humility…

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