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'Darkness the Color of Snow,' a Conversation With Thomas Cobb

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.14.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Darkness The Color of Snow begins one icy cold night, when rookie police officer Ronald Forbert pulls over an old high school chum for speeding. The car is filled with drunken friends, and when Forbert attempts to arrest the driver for DUI, a freakish accident leads to the driver's death.

How Great Is Serena Williams?

Byron Williams | Posted 08.11.2015 | Sports
Byron Williams

She has been unquestionably the most dominant player in her era, arguably of any era, but she has been largely without a rival.

Pianist Jeffrey Biegel - New Recordings Include a Revitalized Classic on Vinyl LP

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Jeffrey Biegel is one of the busiest and most versatile pianists around. A Steinway Artist, he is both fiery champion of the classical repertoire and top pick among today's classical composers to debut their work.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: A Dazzling Conversation

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

Okay. There's Fred & Ginger. Sonny & Cher. Beyonce & Jay-Z. And then there's Bennett & Gaga. A match made in jazz heaven. Let's face it. We're dragging and sagging under heavy headlines. We all need a quick escape from global gloom, and I don't mean Soul Cycle.

Bringing Pleasure Beach Back to Bridgeport

Bill Finch | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Bill Finch

Last year, we welcomed more than 25,000 people to a spectacular beach which, to me, has the feel of a little piece of Nantucket right here in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This summer, we expect even more kids and families to create great, new memories on sunny days.

The ABCs of Los Angeles Metro

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

That is what we need to do. Always be closing on our transit improvements and with Washington where our tax dollars are kept. Renaming our transit lines is small ball and a distraction compared to the construction and other work at hand.

The Lagos Music Salon: Chats with Somi, Nir Felder and Cyrille Aimée, Plus Sachal, Mishka Shubaly and Isabel Rose Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

After speaking to her uncle Hugh Masekela, Somi decided that she wanted to go to Lagos, Nigeria, a trip that inspired her new album, The Lagos Music Salon.

Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Clark Terry Dies

AP | CHARLES J. GANS | Posted 02.23.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and...

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Philly's 3 Legendary Sax Tenors Highlight Sterling JOP Concert

Lew Whittington | Posted 02.07.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Trumpeter/bandleader Terell Stafford returned to the Kimmel Center Dec. 3 with his 17-piece Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia , after touring, in a second appearance here, sounding even tighter than they did at their inaugural last January, which is saying something.

Do You See or Taste Music?

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Susan Sacirbey

Some persons apparently see conversation in geometric patterns or concepts in numerical forms. Color reflecting music or ideas is perhaps the most frequently described form of synesthesia, a phenomena long recognized but only more recently rediscovered.

Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties Lands In Court

Associated Press | Posted 09.15.2014 | Black Voices

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against pub...

Big Band Leader Gerald Wilson Dies

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 09.09.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gerald Wilson, the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wil...

Studio 909: Jazz Up Close and Personal in Honolulu

Dawn Morais | Posted 11.02.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

I'm not sure why it took us so long, but our first visit to Studio 909 has us hooked. If the performance by the Dmitri Matheny Group on August 30 was any measure, we look forward eagerly to what lies ahead.

Field Notes From a Music Biz Life (Part 3)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

My father, the songwriter Carl Sigman, was a rational man and his anti-rock screeds had their own internal logic: "It's noise," therefore "it's not music." Ipso facto, "they should call it something else." QED.

My Cornell Reunion: Parting the Big Red Seas of Time

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Randee Mia Berman

OK, I admit it. I'm a sap for nostalgia. So when my 40th college reunion reminder popped up in the email, I bolted into reverse. Who wouldn't want to "Reflect, Rekindle, Reconnect" -- words the Notable Class Reunion Chairs cooed in their beckoning letters to the alums.

Jason Vieaux PLAYS Troubadour to Symphony in C

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux's new recording PLAY is not only like pop iTunes, it is part of the revitalized interest in the classical guitar. ...

An African-American Heritage Tour Complements LA's Pan African Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Dwight Brown

The 22nd annual Pan African Film Festival, a cornerstone of Black History Month in Los Angeles, opens the door to LA's thriving black community.

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...

Theater: Cotton Club Reborn, Bawdy Burlesque, Magic Acts Refined

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

After several years of special engagements, After Midnight has opened on Broadway and it's exactly what you would expect and hope: a glittering revue filled with singing and dancing and beautiful, decorative women.

First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Books: Duke Ellington Swings and Stings in New Biography

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Michael Giltz

Often, biographies of artists get me a little antsy: Shouldn't I just be watching their movies, reading their books, studying their art or listening to their music? But the best books capture their life and creative process and shed new light on the work in the process.

A Shining Star in Our Nation's Capital: The Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Ann Tran | Posted 10.23.2013 | DC
Ann Tran

The school has created many stars, who also give back to the school when possible: Dave Chappelle, Denyce Graves, and Hank Williams Thomas, among many. Famed opera singer Denyce Graves, who emerged from the school as a polished singer, says, "It gave me what I have today."

New Biography Reveals Jazz Icon's Mysterious Lifestyle

AP | JERRY HARKAVY | Posted 10.24.2013 | Black Voices

-- "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington" (Gotham Books), by Terry Teachout Duke Ellington died nearly 40 years ago, but for jazz fans of a certain age hi...

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.