Category: Features

July 27, 2020 / Features

For a portrait of the artist as a child who never grew up, look at Dexter Gordon’s smile: the gummy grin of a six-year-old, even when he was ravaged by ill health. Dexter compensated by growing up vertically, standing 196 centimetres in his socks, his massive hands making a tenor…

July 19, 2020 / Features

When John Coltrane visited Nagasaki on a Japanese tour in 1966, 21 years after the atomic obliteration, he was not with his band members when they left the train. The panicked promoter found him still on board, absorbed in playing his flute. Asked what he was doing, Coltrane replied, “I’m…

July 6, 2020 / Features

The cover tells the story. Three young black men stare defiantly at the camera from a lunch counter, while the waiter’s curdled expression makes plain they’ve sat in a whites-only area of a segregated diner. Sixty years later and, like our own black population, African Americans still face racism in…