“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?
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TMZ Composite Conor McGregor says Floyd Mayweather should be "embarrassed" by his run-in with Jake Paul on Thursday ... saying the fact he's feuding with YouTubers is just "sad." The UFC superstar dropped some strong criticism about his old opponent after things went sideways at Thursday's media event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami ... calling out Mayweather CEO Leonard Ellerbe for allowing Floyd to get involved with such a circus. "Hey [Leonard Ellerbe], what the f**k is Floyd at?" Conor posted on IG. "The kid [Jake Paul] curled up, didn’t fight back once, and Floyd is still running around acting the tough guy." Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media. "The kid actually just pulled this shambles of a situation Floyd is in out of the drain for him. He should thank him. It’s embarrassing!" Conor's point is Floyd is too accomplished and too big of a draw to be fighting unaccomplished non-professionals like Logan Paul … [Read more...] about Conor McGregor Unloads on Floyd Mayweather Over ‘Embarrassing’ Jake Paul Scrap
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to fight Logan Paul on Showtime next month, but the latter's brother Jake didn't need to wait for his own confrontation with the championship boxer. On Thursday, Mayweather and Logan had a face-off to promote their fight. Afterward, Jake confronted Mayweather in a moment that was captured on video, and it wasn't long before things got very heated between the two fighters. In the video, Floyd Mayweather Jr. can be seen calling for "the paperwork" to make a fight between them happen, suggesting he'd be up for taking on Jake after his bout against Logan next month. Things go from bad to worse moments later when Jake snatches Mayweather's cap right off his head, taunting him to boot by spouting the phrase, "Gotcha hat!" Mayweather and his bodyguards then surround Jake, and while it's difficult to tell what's happening exactly, it looks like punches are thrown. RELATED: Matthew McConaughey Shares His Long Process for Memorizing Scripts … [Read more...] about Watch as Jake Paul Steals Floyd Mayweather’s Hat, Resulting in a Brawl and a Black Eye