Louis Armstrong is the subject of the biography, “Pops,” by Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal drama critic and Commentary Magazine cultural critic.
It’s just after closing on a Friday night at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington. In the darkened auditorium, a jazz quintet is building a rhythmic floor on a soft, steady percussion line and lilting piano chords.
Musician Fathy Salama started playing piano in Cairo jazz clubs at age 13, and has since been recognized for his combinations of traditional Arab music and jazz, winning a 2005 Grammy award for his collaboration with Youssou N’Dour on the “Egypt” album. Salama discusses his music and participation in the Arabesque festival. Continue reading