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Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Bring "A Taste of Honey" to the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.02.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Herb Alpert kept checking in about his pin stripes, asking a rapt audience, some of whom traveled from Florida just to hear him perform at the Café C...

Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pul...

Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus The Nolatets, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I think if you ask just about any bass player in any style, their top five bass players, Jaco's always going to be right in there. If not one or two, he's definitely going to be a top five cat.

'Bridge of Spies' Premieres at the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.06.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Jan Donovan Amorosi had just seen Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies at a special screening the night before its New York Film Festival premiere at Alice Tully Hall on Sunday night. "We had no idea what our father had gone through when we were growing up in Brooklyn."

Talking 'Bout the Skins: An Interview With Legendary Drummer Billy Kilson

Phil Simon | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

I can think of no drummer that engages his audience better than Billy Kilson. Sure, the guy's got massive chops, but the man works the crowd like a skilled frontman.

Chatting With Chris Botti and Madeleine Peyroux, Plus Twin Hidden Covers 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Chris Botti: The trumpet doesn't care about the national anthem or anything, it's just going to beat you down every day. So you need to practice it hours and hours and hours a day; otherwise it will take control of you rather quickly.

Trumpet Player's National Anthem Brings NFL Player To Tears

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.04.2014 | Sports

Few things can bring an NFL player to tears, but jazz trumpeter Chris Botti's powerful rendition of the national anthem is one of them. Botti head...

Italy's Zucchero Pours Some Sugar On MSG

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.24.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Zucchero may not be a household name in the United States, but outside of these boarders, he is one of the world's most popular musicians and has been...

Sy Smith: Just the Thought of You

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Hands down, it was the most dazzling performance by a female vocalist during the Symphony's 2013 Season.

Popcorn Preview: 20 Feet from Stardom

Leslie Sisman | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) Cast includes: Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Táta Vega, Mabel John, Gloria Jones, Claudia...

Movie Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to imagine another documentary this year that will be as uplifting, entertaining and moving as Morgan Neville's 20 Feet From Stardom.

Grammytech 2: A Conversation With Bob Clearmountain, Plus Chatting With Steve Tyrell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The thing with Bruce, and any artist like Bruce, is that the most important thing is the song, getting across the meaning and the character of the song. Bruce is almost like an actor in that he creates a character for each of his songs.

From Graceland To A Galaxy To Further Explorations: Chatting With Jeff Lorber And Eddie Gomez, Plus Paul Simon's Classic Turns 25

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Man, it was 25 years ago. The Grammy-winning album Graceland -- following what was arguably Paul's best album to that point, Hearts And Bones -- helped change the rules of pop music and politics.

Some Kind of Trouble and More: Conversations With James Blunt and Edie Brickell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Best known for his monster hit "You're Beautiful," international superstar James Blunt is back with a new album, Some Kind Of Trouble, which he discussed with me recently.

The Art of the Podcast

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

I've always loved great listening. For me, that is the essence of an engaging music podcast. If I can recapture that lost art of listening in these noisy times then I've done my job.