Nextbop is a jazz music blog dedicated to highlighting and celebrating jazz music as a contemporary art form, noting its present moment in time as it relates to the vast possibilities within the genre over the past 100 years.
The philosophy of Nextbop isn’t just about promoting jazz music to jazz lovers. It’s not even mainly focused on such a vision. Nextbop is about appealing to everyone. It’s about promoting jazz to the world. It’s about showing the indie rock crowd, the punk rock crowd, the hip hop crowd, the R&B crowd, the bluegrass crowd, and so many other scenes that this kind of music is great and it’s not so far off from what you’re used to hearing.
We shan’t limit ourselves to just one ideology for the sake of appeasing one crowd when the whole world can appreciate jazz music for its complexities.
Best Jazz Clubs in NYC: The Definitive Guide
New York City is a mecca for jazz enthusiasts, boasting an impressive array of world-class jazz clubs.
From historic venues that have hosted legends like John Coltrane and Miles Davis to cutting-edge clubs showcasing today’s most innovative young artists, NYC offers something for every jazz fan.
Check out our list of Best Jazz Clubs in NYC, where we explore the top jazz clubs in NYC, taking you on a tour of the rich history, vibrant present, and promising future of the New York jazz scene.
Best Jazz Albums of All Time
Best jazz albums of all time? Well, that’s a heated topic prone to much debate! Jazz is a culturally rich music that has evolved tremendously over the last century, from jazz big bands to bebop, from hard bop to free jazz and so much more!
So the best jazz albums of all time are largely dependent on personal preferences and this list aims in no way, shape or form to be definitive and all encompassing.
We do hope, however, that it will provide some avenues of exploration for you to fall in love with the immensely rich contemporary art form that is jazz music!
Discover the Best Jazz Albums of All Time featuring records by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis and more!!
Best Rap Songs that Sample Jazz
Making a list of the best rap songs that sample jazz is a near-impossible task and there’s probably not enough ink on the internet to shout out all the great music deserving of praise.
So what we did here is compile some of our recent favorites with a special emphasis on newer artists (because we all know that if we start getting into the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, Gang Starr, and Digable Planets, we’ll be here for decades…)
We’ll keep adding new songs on a regular basis so make sure to come back once in a while, but really we just hope that you get to discover some new gems which you weren’t necessarily familiar with before!
Check out our list of best rap songs that sample jazz including music by Joey Badass, Westside Gunn, Talib Kweli, Mach-Hommy and more!
Best Everybody Wants to Rule the World Covers
Tears for Fears‘ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is one of the eponymous anthems of the 80s and the song remains just as satisfying today as it ever was,
But since it’s initial 1985 release, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” has been covered and revisited numerous times by a slew of incredibly talented artists and we felt compelled to highlight some of our favorites including music by the likes of Robert Glasper, Lettuce, Scary Pockets ft. Cory Henry and more!
So if you’re like us and want to rule the world one day, why not start by jamming out to some good music?
Virgil Abloh Books: The Definitive Guide (CaviarDrip.com)
Check out Caviar Drip’s definitive guide to EVERY Virgil Abloh book ever published, including the Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh book and the Figures of Speech book, and glimpse inside each single book!
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Relevant to His Time: An Interview with Robert Glasper
Read our 2012 interview with jazz pianist Robert Glasper discussing his then-upcoming album Black Radio, his musical influences, and the future of jazz music.
‘The Thompson Fields’ – An Interview with Maria Schneider
Read our 2015 interview with composer and jazz orchestra leader Maria Schneider discussing her album The Thompson Fields, her musical upbringing, the future of big bands, and her take on the advent of music streaming services.
Isn’t She Lovely: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Stream Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” plus four other notable jazz versions of the song by Sonny Rollins, Arturo Sandoval, Aaron Golberg and Jacky Terrasson!
Everybody Loves the Sunshine: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Stream Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” plus three cover versions by D’Angelo, The Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Stefon Harris & Bilal, and trumpeter Takuya Kuroda feat. José James.
Nardis: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Miles Davis’ “Nardis” composition, including notable versions by Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson and more!
Lonely Woman: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman” composition, including notable versions by Branford Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, and more!
Syeeda’s Song Flute: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of John Coltrane’s “Syeeda’s Song Flute” composition, including notable versions by Tommy Flanagan, James Carter, Medeski Martin & Wood, Matt Wilson and more!
Black Narcissus: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Joe Henderson’s “Black Narcissus” composition, including notable versions by Stanley Clarke, Renee Rosnes, Dayna Stephens, Helen Sung, Kevin Hays and more!
Con Alma: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma” composition, including notable versions by by Stan Getz, Gerald Clayton, Aaron Parks, Ben Wendel, and more!
Aaron Parks’ ‘Invisible Cinema’ Sheet Music (Free PDF Download)
Download Aaron Parks’s ‘Invisible Cinema’ sheet music free of charge in PDF format courtesy of Aaron Parks himself.
Crepuscule with Nellie: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Thelonious Monk’s “Crepuscule with Nellie” composition, including notable versions by Jason Moran, Greg Lewis and more!
Wayne Shorter’s “Fall”: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Wayne Shorter’s “Fall” composition, including notable versions by Miles Davis, Gilad Hekselman and Jesse Fischer!
Equipoise: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Stanley Cowell’s “Equipoise” composition, including notable versions by Willie Jones III, Max Roach, Jack DeJohnette and more!
Butterfly: A Critical Analysis of Covers
Read Ben Gray’s critical analysis of jazz covers of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” composition, including notable versions Robert Glasper, Norman Connors, Gretchen Parlato and more!