TYSHAWN SOREY WINS PULITZER PRIZE / BIG EARS 2025 AND MORE

Tyshawn Sorey Wins 2024 Pulitzer Prize

Tyshawn Sorey’s stature as one the most compelling composers and musicians of our time continues to grow with his win this week of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Sorey took home the coveted award for his composition Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith), “an introspective saxophone concerto with a wide range of textures presented in a slow tempo, a beautiful homage that’s quietly intense, treasuring intimacy rather than spectacle.” (Penn Today)

The renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer is a familiar face to Big Ears audiences.

NPR: “Tyshawn Sorey wins 2024 Pulitzer Prize in music for ‘Adagio (For Wadada Leo Smith)'”

Davóne Tines Releases New Song

Davóne Tines & The Truth’s “Let It Shine,” the first song from their new work, ROBESOИ, is out now!

In ROBESOИ, which premieres June 27 at Little Island NYC, Tines grapples with the legacy of a hero. Exploding the musical repertoire of Paul Robeson, Tines and his band take us on a trip from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the floor of a Moscow hotel room in an attempt to understand an icon not through aspiring to his monumentality, but through connecting with his vulnerability.

Nonesuch Records: “DAVÓNE TINES & THE TRUTH’s “LET IT SHINE” Out Now on Nonesuch”

JJA Jazz Awards Nominees

Finalists for the Jazz Journalists Association’s 29th annual Jazz Awards have been announced, and we’re delighted to see so many recent Big Ears artists nominated.

Congratulations to Julian Lage, Myra Melford, Mary Halvorson, Charles Lloyd, Henry Threadgill, Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Tomeka Reid, John Medeski, Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, and Darcy James Argue!

Jazz Journalists Association: “2024 Nominees for Performance & Recordings

Leyla McCalla on Basic Folk Podcast

Leyla McCalla joined the Basic Folk Podcast to talk through her new record, Sun Without the Heat. The record, which McCalla calls “[one] that is playful and full of joy while holding the pain and tension of transformation,” is an incredible fusion of Afrobeat, Haitian, folk, indie, Americana, and Brazilian tropicalismo sounds amongst others.

Basic Folk: Leyla McCalla (Episode 259)

Jon Batiste on TIME Magazine Podcast

Big Ears Festival 2024

Jon Batiste recently sat down with TIME’s Charlotte Alter to discuss the formation of his band, Stay Human, his tenure on The Stephen Colbert Show, his Grammy-winning 2022 album We Are, and the resilience portrayed in his 2023 film American Symphony. They also covered his latest album, World Music Radio, and his “Uneasy Tour,” which focuses on social change and voter registration.

TIME: Jon Batiste (Episode 29)

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