Jonas Gwangwa, Trombonist and Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 83

Jonas Gwangwa, a pre-eminent South African trombonist, vocalist and composer who became a leading artistic ambassador for the anti-apartheid resistance, died on Sunday. He was 83. The office of President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the death in a statement, but did not say where he died or what the cause was.…

Jerry Brandt, Who Ran High-Profile Music Clubs, Dies at 82

Jerry Brandt, a promoter and entrepreneur who owned two nightclubs, the Electric Circus and the Ritz, that were attention-getting parts of New York’s music scene in their day, died on Jan. 16 in Miami Beach. He was 82. His family said in a statement that the cause was Covid-19. Mr.…

Arlo Parks Offers Solace Without Illusions on Her Debut Album

Arlo Parks wrote her own job description into the closing song on “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” her debut album. “Making rainbows out of something painful,” she sings in “Portra 400.” The song is named after a Kodak color-negative film: a way to preserve images. Parks’s mission as a songwriter is to…

Sun Records Sells Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis Recordings

In the 1950s, Sun Records in Memphis became one of the most dynamic forces in American music, releasing the first recordings by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, helping define rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll. Even its yellow sunburst label, with a crowing rooster, has become part…

10 Classical Concerts to Stream in February

As the live performing arts continue to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic, here are 10 highlights from the flood of online music content coming in February. (Times listed are Eastern.) So Percussion Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.; youtube.com; available indefinitely. This extravagantly productive ensemble has long hosted concerts at its…

How Four Tet Helped Madlib Make Something Totally New: A Solo Album

For almost three decades, Madlib has remained an elusive yet prolific figure in hip-hop. His reputation has been defined by collaborations, alter egos and the tireless creation of new music. So much new music. There’s been music in tribute to the composer Weldon Irvine. Music remixing the catalog of Blue…

7 Albums for Kids That Adults Will Want to Hear, Too

Music for children is often dismissed as either simple and silly or simple and soporific. It doesn’t have to be. A whole world exists beyond “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and it has expanded during the pandemic, as musicians found themselves at home with ample…

For These Classical Musicians, It’s Always Been About Racial Equity

Last year was different. Black Lives Matter, in the national psyche for nearly a decade, crested with the killing of George Floyd and weeks of widespread demonstrations that could no longer be ignored — even by classical music. Orchestras and opera companies posted statements of solidarity, however platitudinous, denouncing racism…

Tamara Lindeman’s New Album ‘Ignorance’ Explores Climate Change

Some musicians are compelled to write a song after a lovers’ quarrel, an encounter with a great work of art or a particularly resonant overheard exchange. Tamara Lindeman, the 36-year-old Canadian singer and songwriter who records under the name the Weather Station, was recently driven to write one immediately after…