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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.

How YouTube Sensation Christina Bianco Plays 40 Characters in the Hit Show 'Application Pending'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

In very distinct mannerisms and voices, Bianco plays a sweeping orchestra of folks from a stuffy socialite to a pit bull assistant to a show tune singing child and everyone in between -- morphing into each man and woman in nanoseconds (with a new facial expression and accent).

Legendary Performer Marilyn Maye Is 'Too Old to Be Humble'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Artists like singer Marilyn Maye prove themselves to be the north stars of entertainment, consistently performing at the top of their game, illuminating the world with their talent as icons of their industry.

Pour Yourself A Glass Of Whiskey And Listen To This

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Introducing Marian Hill: the answer to your musical cravings to bite into some blues, jazz, heavy bass and some of the most delicate vocals you have e...

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...

First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City.

Beloved Gay Playwright To Be Remembered With Musical Tribute

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Brilliant. Gentle. Intuitive. A kind soul and a true man of words. That's how close friends and loved ones say they'll remember playwright Daniel ...

Maurice Hines in LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.10.2014 | Entertainment
Hoyt Hilsman

After more than sixty years in show business, Hines still has the juice, performing great standards from Frank Loesser, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and many others.

First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

Lake Street Dive, Rachael Price Bring Bad Self Portraits Into Focus

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Newfound fame and adulation might be dizzying -- "We're trying not to let it overwhelm us," Price said over the phone as the wheels kept turning -- but Lake Street Dive is grounded enough to realize what it means to finally stand in the on-deck circle with home run potential.

PHOTOS: 15 Stars Who Started Their Careers At The Apollo

Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices

The world famous Apollo Theater is an iconic landmark that has been credited with launching a plethora of black entertainers' careers through the year...

Dear Diary: Going on Record, Dido Opens Up With Greatest Hits

Michael Bialas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Ultimately, Dido believes her upcoming collection of songs is "the crazy diary of my life" rather than a greatest hits record. Dido's Greatest Hits...

In Praise of Musical Intelligence

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm old fashioned. I have deep respect and undying love for great songs. Some of them were written for Broadway shows; others to be performed at parties and in nightclubs. Some became popular over the radio or because they were included in beloved movie musicals.

Fame and Fortune, Three Hundred Years Apart

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

He looks rather ordinary, but he's young and obviously happy -why else would he be laughing so freely? He is a newcomer to LA, having arrived only a...

Kenny Barron's Piano, Sharon Clark's Vocals and James Carter's Horn at the 22ndAnnual Jazz Foundation of America's Loft Party

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The Jazz Foundation of America's loft party, an annual concert to benefit a vital organization that helps players with medical expenses, housing, reco...

Conversations with Gloria Estefan, Julian Lennon and Emmy Wildwood, A Wacky Chat with Tom Ruprecht, Plus a Jessta James Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Dianne Reeves Brings Her Jazz to Columbus Park in Stamford, CT

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 10.08.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

At the age of 56 it is not hyperbole to consider her in the same breath as singers of the stature of Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington or Carmen McRae.

Is A New Age Of Jazz On The Horizon?

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 08.30.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

You can't keep something with that much quality, with that much appeal, down. It's just a matter of time.

Ding, Dong! DOMA's Dead: Love Is Sweeping the Country

Rodney Punt | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Rodney Punt

The Supreme Court struck down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and upheld a lower court's dismissal of California's Proposition 8. Let's celebrate the validation of civil rights with a song written over 80 years ago but still relevant today.

In Celebration Of The 'Queen Of Jazz'

Posted 04.29.2013 | Black Voices

Since today marks the celebration of what would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 96th birthday Google has decided to pay homage to the “Queen of Jazz....

'The First Lady Of Song' Gets Doodled

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 04.25.2013 | Technology

There have been plenty of First Ladies, but there's only one First Lady Of Song. On Thursday, Google celebrated what would have been Ella Fitzgeral...

Ella Fitzgerald's Love Of Fabulous Frocks

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 04.24.2013 | Style

Whenever we put on an Ella Fitzgerald record, her pure and perfect pitch puts our minds at ease. That soothing voice made Fitzgerald standout among bl...

Thank You, Mr. Dog Ears: My Interviews with Phil Ramone, Plus H.D. Harmsen's 'Teetotaler' Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

I personally was saddened by the iconic producer/engineer/mastermind's recent passing not only because I kind of bonded with him during our two interviews together, but also because his sonic fingerprints are all over so much of the music I grew up on.

Day 17: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Menna van Praag | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

I believe in love and inspiration. I believe in passion and true desire. I believe that if a person follows the gentle urging of their heart then they'll find success doing what they want to do.