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Nichelle Nichols Releases New Single to Coincide With Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

Gregory Weinkauf | Posted 07.25.2016 | Entertainment
Gregory Weinkauf

First Lady of Outer Space (and much more) Nichelle Nichols has beamed down to San Diego Comic Con this week, surprising us all with her smashing new single, "Fly Me to the Moon." The grand dame of sci-fi, who originated the role of Lieutenant Uhura on the original series of Star Trek 50 years ago, arrived Wednesday night to grace the world première extravaganza of Star Trek Beyond.

Ghosts in the Machine: Jazz Musicians and Popular Music

Kurt Ellenberger | Posted 07.11.2016 | Arts
Kurt Ellenberger

Part I: The Machine(s) Jazz and classical musicians have long had a troubled relationship with pop music. (By "pop music," I mean all styles outside o...

Jeffrey Biegel - On Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.23.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The recording is a rare musical confluence. It is brightened by Jeffrey Biegel's performance history of the Gershwin and Ellington and fueled by his up-close-and-personal interactions with Keith Emerson and Neil Sedaka.

Joe Gransden's Big Band lights up Atlanta's Cafe 290 as Gransden receives Jazz Journalist Association's Jazz Heroes Award

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.05.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

For the last seven years the Atlanta based trumpeter& vocalist Joe Gransden has brought his style of big band music to the crowded stage of owner John...

On the "A" w/Souleo: With New Album, Take 6 Wants You To Take Another Listen

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

>The weekly column, On the "A" w/Souleo, covers the intersection of the arts, culture entertainment and philanthropy in Harlem and beyond and is written by Souleo, founder and president of event/media content production company Souleo Enterprises LLC.

Pianist/Composer Marc Copland Reaches New Heights With Zenith

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.09.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The pianist has consistently tried to reach his own personal musical zenith, whether it be as a leader or as a much sought after sideman. With his latest recording Zenith he may have accomplished just that.

'Sweetpea:' Billy Strayhorn, A Tribute To A Musical Icon

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I couldn't believe I was going to a music festival honoring the famous Billy Strayhorn at the Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago -- "Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn." It felt as if I was attending a homecoming of sorts.

Bobby Sanabria's Big Band Multiverse and the Universal Diversity of Music

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 11.18.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

When I recently featured three current works from big bands, I was called to task for not having included at least one Latin big band. Well certainly that was not by design as there are many Afro-Cuban and Latin based bands that deserve mention so here is one that clearly deserves to be included in the mix.

Our Son's Love of Music Shines Through His Severe Autism

David Royko | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
David Royko

A few years ago, Ben, our son with severe autism, got a chance to meet one of his favorite musicians -- or more accurately, meet the man responsible for creating some of his favorite music. We now know there's a big difference, and this "meeting" helped us understand our big guy a little better.

Harold Arlen at 110: Before It's Too Late

Barry Singer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Beyond "Over the Rainbow," however, The Wizard of Oz proved that Harold Arlen was capable of writing a sophisticated, integrated musical score, creating songs that advanced the plot of a superior story, rather than songs that merely ornamented pedestrian scripts.

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.

Reflections of a Humbled Son on the 98th Birthday of My Father, Thelonious Monk

T.S. Monk | Posted 10.09.2015 | Arts
T.S. Monk

From my earliest recollections, adults, when first meeting me, would invariably ask the question, "Do you know who your father is?" The query came from musicians and fans alike. I didn't really understand the question at first, because the answer seemed so obvious.

'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 08.11.2016 | 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 07.23.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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.

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 publ...

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.