When it comes to family run businesses KoAloha ukuleles may be one of the most familial of them all. Even the employees who are not biologically related to Alvin “Pops” and Pat “Moms” Okami soon end up part of the family. The series of fortuitous events and coincidences that led Alvin to discover his true calling, building ukuleles, is almost as inspirational as the family itself.
The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ is getting a new addition to it’s already astounding collection. A Johnny Cash exhibit honoring him along with the the Carter family has been unveiled.
We’ve already covered some fun music factoids in our Rock and Roll Quiz and Jazz Quiz—now let’s look at the history of the musical instruments that made rock and jazz possible in the first place. Many of today’s big names in musical instruments and gear got their start more than 75 years ago. Some accidently […]
At the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas, music lovers can discover how blues and gospel music grew along the Arkansas Delta. The Center comprises a Visitor’s Center on Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas, and The Depot, a former train depot located on Missouri Street.
Jazz musicians are a treasure trove of sensational anecdotes and idiosyncratic characters. In this quiz, test your knowledge of some of the lesser-known facts about the people who pioneered this wild genre.
Most of us who play the piano don’t think about its history. Let’s travel 400 years back to the Baroque period to see what the piano was like—before it was the piano.
For decades a few jazz enthusiasts “in the know” have whispered about the collection of jazz recordings created by William Savory, an audio engineer with a strong passion and ear for music. Referred to as a technical genius, Savory made the recordings from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s.