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Celebrate Jazz, Celebrate Detroit, Just Celebrate: Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day Weekend

Colin Darke | Posted 10.29.2014 | Detroit
Colin Darke

This Labor Day Weekend, Detroit will host its 35th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, and it will celebrate jazz, jazz artists, and Detroit.

Weeklings!: Gay Grammy Predictions (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Louis Virtel

2014-01-24-weeklingsgrammys2014small.pngI forecast what'll happen with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry. Yikes.

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Bay Is 'A Money Trap That Doesn't Need To Exist'

HuffPost Live | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Grammy-award winning performer Esperanza Spalding is set on shutting down Guantanamo Bay. Along with a panel of activists, former detainees and offici...

Monáe, Mayweather and the Curious Case of the Female Alter Ego

Rajul Punjabi | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Rajul Punjabi

Being armed with a complementary version of oneself seems wise and self-sufficient. But female artists and performers are more inclined to allow an alter ego to embrace them. Is it that the community is not supporting them in the right way or do we just expect more from our women, more for our female dollar?

What's New Under Tonatiuh?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian Institution, driven by rapidly developing technologies, shifting demographics and changing cultural participation patterns, is looking for innovative and even ingenious ways to do its work through the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards.

How Can You Smile With a Horn in Your Mouth?

Carine Fabius | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Carine Fabius

That is the question posed by one of the musicians in Judy Chaikin's illuminating and joyful new documentary The Girls in the Band, and one of the best lines in the film pointing up the challenges faced by female jazz musicians in the 30's, as well as today.

PHOTOS: Five Things To Do In Denver This Week

Posted 09.24.2012 | Denver

This week is a busy one for music lovers in Denver. Esperanza Spalding, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Band of Skulls, Swans, The Offspring, Jason Mraz and...

Mondo Sex Head: A Conversation With Rob Zombie, Chatting With Mike Stern, Plus Longreef and Certain People I Know Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.22.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Sexy Hair, That's All

Janet Zeitoun | Posted 05.07.2012 | Style
Janet Zeitoun

The notion of "Sexy Hair" has as many facets as a diamond. It could mean the freedom of movement, tone of color, shine, or the angle of a great cut. If you were to pick up any magazine with a premise of "Sexy Hair," all of these elements would be obvious.

Esperanza Spalding on Creativity, Inspiration and Hip Hop

Demetria Irwin | Posted 06.26.2012 | Black Voices
Demetria Irwin

Twenty-seven-year-old Grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding is not only an amazing vocalist and musician, but also an inspiring public speaker. After a recent performance, she sat down to share some of her thoughts on music. Here are a few gems from that talk.

What To Do In New York This Weekend

Posted 04.21.2012 | New York

"The Goonies" At Tribeca Drive-In Where: World Financial Center, 200 Vesey Street; (212) 941-2400 When: Friday, 8PM Price: Free Marking the beginn...

WATCH: Esperanza Spalding Goes To Second Bass With John Stewart

The Huffington Post | Lee Hernandez | Posted 04.13.2012 | Latino Voices

Esperanza Spalding is always surprising people. Last February, the 27-year-old jazz bassist and singer took everyone by surprise when she beat out...

Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society's Album Trailer (Exclusive)

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Man or Muppet: Oscar's Outasight, Plus Chatting With Jack DeJohnette, Frank Filipetti & Chris Lord-Alge

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.27.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Prior to The Oscars' embracing Outasight's "Tonight Is The Night" -- well, not with an award but with broadcast muscle -- the single had airplay on over 115 Top 40 radio stations, sales of over 530,000 copies, over 18,000 daily streams on Spotify, and over 5 million views on YouTube.

Esperanza Spalding's Tribute to Black History Month

Madame Noire | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices

Judging by her Grammy and some live performances we’ve seen over the last year or so, there’s no denying that Esperanza Spalding is talented. But ...

Jack DeJohnette Celebrates His Concept of Oneness on Sound Travels

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 04.02.2012 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

DeJohnette was recently honored with the NEA Jazz Masters award which is the nation's highest honor in jazz. With such achievements the man can afford to make music his way, and on Sound Travels he does precisely that.

Antony Bitar's Holiday Download, Chatting with Gary Clark Jr. and Macedo, Plus a James Mee Anthem

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.19.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Antony Bitar released his self-titled debut album in September, and his rendition of the Christmas classic "Silent Night" is a special gift that Antony is giving to Huffington Post readers for the holidays.

Media Focus: Newspapers Raise the Stakes With Fall Fashion Coverage

Marlynn Snyder | Posted 11.01.2011 | Media
Marlynn Snyder


Esperanza Spalding On The Cover Of 'T' Magazine

T Magazine | Posted 10.18.2011 | Black Voices

The Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist and singer talks to T magazine about her low-key life and making music after winning a Grammy....

The Brand of Jazz

Joseph Vella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Joseph Vella

The issue of branding has increasingly become a driving force in everything we do both personally and professionally.  Just think of Facebook and how...

Highlights This Week: Swimsuits, Cezanne, King Tut

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Love, mummies and street art. It's been a busy and eclectic week on the Arts page: from lots of Valentine's Day love to mystifying sculpture inspired ...

A Grammy Award Finally Speaks Out Against Musicians

Edward Murray | Posted 07.08.2011 | Entertainment
Edward Murray

Look, I know that a lot of you don't consider me to be a legitimate industry award, but the Grammys are about music, not legitimate art, OK?

Grammy Awards, Taco Bell & Esperanza Spalding: the Art of Authenticity

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

As I blinked frantically enough to ward off seizures while watching the performances at this year's Grammys, I couldn't help but wonder why cacophony has so thoroughly bewitched the art of music.

'Bieber Fever' Is a Symptom of What Ails the Music Industry

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Asher Smith

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or Justin Bieber fans staying up past their bedtimes on a Sunday night. This isn't the first time Bieber's fans have thrown joint, public temper tantrums.

Esperanza Spalding: A Guide To The Best New Artist

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Esperanza Spalding may have won the Grammy for Best New Artist, but some have reveled in her talent for years. A 26-year old, classically trained j...