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Benny Goodman

The House Sinatra Lived In

Michael Winship | Posted 12.12.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

I wrote for Sinatra once. Although as I've become fond of saying, you didn't so much write for Sinatra as at him.

The Churchillian Sinatra

Barry Singer | Posted 12.11.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill met only once, so far as I know. On June 14, 1958, Sinatra was in Monte Carlo for the world premiere of his World War II film, Kings Go Forth. Winston Churchill was in Monte Carlo to gamble.

It Was A Very Good (& Bad) (& Ugly) Year: "New" Unheard Sinatra Music Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Tony Sachs | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Sinatra Century is a hell of a whiskey; if you've got $500 to spare, there are far worse ways to spend it. But this whole package feels to me like the Sinatra estate flipping the bird to the people who simply love his music. Let's hope some altruistic soul puts this show online for the masses as a sort of return salute.

This Weekend, New York Jazzharmonic Debuts a New Big Band at Symphony Space

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Jazz is making a comeback in New York City. Hipsters tip-tap their toes at joints like the Fat Cat and Iridium, taking in their grandparents' tunes. Nostalgia trends these days, and there's nothing like a wailing saxophone to put you in the mood.

Maryland She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In 1849, when she was about 30, her owner died. Believing she was going to be sold, she escaped and made her way to Philadelphia.

The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Bill_Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Bill_Robinson

With all supporting artists playing two or three SRV songs, this concert was a great cross-section of different artists and different styles interpreting Stevie Ray's music.

Last Surviving Member Of The Andrews Sisters Dies

AP | BOB THOMAS | Posted 04.01.2013 | Celebrity

LOS ANGELES — Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugl...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Justin Jones 'Turns' It Out, Sean Rowe Leaves 'Something Behind,' and Saint Motel Check In

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

This week's artists filmed their sessions with me at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains. Their music is vastly different but similar in that it's not what I'd dub "throwaway" music -- the song stays with you long after it stops playing.

Dog Ears Music: March 32nd Playlist, Part II

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Chuck Berry, Al Green, Artie Shaw, Engelbert Humperdink, Arcade Fire, and more.

Dog Ears Music: March 32nd Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.01.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

In this week's post, we listen to tracks by Ennio Morricone Cass McCombs, The Black Keys, Etta James, Smart Brothers With Baby Neal, and The Anthony Anderson Project.

Dog Ears Music: 'Tis The Season Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

It's not just the thought that counts; it's the overview of how each year we repeat the journey home. And on the return -- our jeans a little tighter, the déjà vu unpleasantries of travel; all a mere blip, as in the end we still do anything to come home to our loved ones.

Tomorrow's Children: A Conversation With Pete Seeger, Plus Chatting With Bill Frisell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

After years of activism on behalf of the average Joe and Jane, this 91-year-old national treasure still swings a heavy hammer, and his thoughtful insights are presented here just in time for Labor Day.

A Hotel, a Phone Number and a Son

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Sigman

The 15 Penn Plaza plan will bring down the legendary Hotel Pennsylvania. The hotel, built in 1919, has a rich history, an essential part of which is bound up with my father's first hit as a songwriter.

JAZZ MUSIC: Coveted And Savory Collection Snagged By National Jazz Museum

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

This year the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitiz...

Pavel Vinnitsky's Vision: To Revitalize Jewish Music

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Pavel Vinnitsky is a man on a mission. His goal is to revive the Klemzer tradition, seek out composers to write original music based on Jewish themes, and combine the presentation of this music with a standard classical repertoire.

Happy Birthday to the King of Swing: Benny Goodman Turns 100

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

If you like jazz -- or 20th century American music, for that matter -- then you owe it to yourself to check out Benny Goodman.

CPS Makes Famous Alumni Mix On iTunes

Crain's Chicago Business | Shia Kapos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools has posted a mix of popular songs by its alumni musicians on iTunes. This isn't a money-making effort -- directly -- but a way...