Messages from Masters: Bobby Carcasses

by Ella Campbell (Pronounced Car-Kuh-SAYS) Bobby Carcasses is a Cuban musician who was born in Jamaica and raised in Cuba, where he developed his art when he moved from Santiago to Habana in 1956. He is an artist by all counts: he plays instruments, sings, dances, paints and draws. When asked where his musicality was […]

Scene Stories: Esperanza Spalding

More Reasons to Love Esperanza Spalding by Guest Writer, Hannah Dexter As if there aren’t enough? I’ll admit, this chick intimidates the heck outta me. But man, what a genius. A little background on our interaction. I was (and still consider myself to be) a member of Thara Memory’s American Music Program. A really kick-ass, […]

Upcoming Articles

Hello Lovely People! After a wonderful first week, we are back on the grind, and writing more articles. Soon to come are: Transcriptions: Clifford Brown Transcriptions: Stanley Turrentine Concert Review: Snarky Puppy Concert Review: Robert Glasper Experiment Messages from Masters: Bobby Carcasses Messages from Masters: Mardra Thomas Guest Writer: “Taking Back the Night” Arranging: “On […]

10 Fingers: Derrick Hodge

by Ella Campbell Allow us to explain what a “10 Fingers” post will be: we ask musicians ten fun and and quick questions. Hopefully the answers only require one or two sentences, we know these guys have got a lot of people to talk to! With those short answers, we at Back Beat add links […]

10 Fingers: Casey Benjamin

by Ella Campbell Allow me to explain what a “10 Fingers” post will be: we ask musicians ten fun and quick questions. Hopefully the answers only require one or two sentences because we know these guys have got a lot of people to talk to! With their short answers, we at Back Beat add links […]

10 Fingers: Snarky Puppy

by Ella Campbell Allow me to explain what a “10 Fingers” post will be: we ask musicians ten fun and and quick questions, and most of the time they will be the same 10 for each artist.     On a brisk Tuesday night in Detroit, a few friends and I checked out the band Snarky […]