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Jersey Boys Star Joseph Leo Bwarie On His New Album, The Good Stuff

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

American standards are songs which never out of style. So when Joseph Leo Bwarie made his second solo album, The Good Stuff, he set out to redefine the American standard with a modern big band sound.

Aisle View: The John and Jess Show

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.12.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

His words caught the public fancy -- such phrases as "my huckleberry friend," "one for my baby and one more for the road," "hooray for Hollywood," and the immortal "my mamma done tol' me" are prime Mercer.

Norman Sherman's Memorable 'Memoir'

Al Eisele | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Al Eisele

Norman Sherman has written a memoir that may discourage others, including myself, from writing theirs.

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.

Kurt Elling Does Sinatra His Way at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

For his Café Carlyle debut performance, vocalist Kurt Elling celebrates Frank Sinatra's centennial with "Elling Swings Sinatra." Backed by a wonderfu...

'For All Time': Introducing ClareBOYant, Chatting with Lee Ritenour, Plus Jukebox The Ghost, Ionie and Andrew Ripp Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.17.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jukebox The Ghost's first ever animated video for "Black Hole" is taken from an episode of Dreamworks Animation's Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show now playing on Netflix, the original soundtrack album on Lakeshore Records.

Why Frank and Not Bing?

Stanley Fish | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Stanley Fish

Bing Crosby was 12 years older than Frank Sinatra, but their careers pretty much overlapped for the 37 years from 1941 to 1977, when Crosby died. They formed a mutual admiration society and appeared together on TV and radio and, most memorably, in the 1960 film High Society. So why the disparity in the degree to which they are remembered?

Las Vegas Reunites Rat Pack with Sammy Davis, Jr. Street Naming

Joel Brokaw | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Joel Brokaw

For both his children and millions of his fans, the dedication of Sammy Davis Jr. Drive in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 is a fitting commemoration of the legacy of the legendary entertainer and a living reminder of the lasting contributions he made to the city he loved.

A Weekend at the Waldorf

Yara Zgheib | Posted 09.18.2015 | New York
Yara Zgheib

He felt like Marlon Brando, and I like Audrey Hepburn. But in the pristine white marble lobby of the grand 1893 Art Deco building, what we looked like, really, was out of place.

Lost in Translation: The 'Translational Fallacy' in Analyzing Lyric Writing

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.02.2015 | Arts
Michael Sigman

Translating lyrics can be a noble calling. It's simply not what Carl did. When writing a lyric -- whether or not there was an already existing foreign-language one -- he focused on one thing and one thing alone: creating the perfect "wedding" of words and music.

The Legacies of Autumn #111

Rachael Freed | Posted 08.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachael Freed

Reflection When August's Tips&Tools about PLAY evoked so many reader responses, I decided to share just a few before we move to September's ...

Liver Pudding

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.

Filmmaker Edward Burns' 'Public Morals' Portrays Mythical Irish-American Cops like 'The French Connection's' Popeye Doyle

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ashley Jude Collie

I was recently chatting with filmmaker Edward Burns who was excitedly talking about his new drama series, Public Morals, which premieres on August 25 on TNT. He was grateful that I'd found the series compelling with a host of outstanding elements from cinematography, set design and costuming to music.

Micky Dolenz On Broadway: A Monkee And His Music

Tony Sachs | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

The last thing the world needs is another rock star singing standards. Rod Stewart earned himself another few hundred years in purgatory with his multi-volume take on the Great American Songbook.

John Frankenheimer: A Remembrance

Alex Simon | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

I'm often asked which, out of the over 600 interviews I've logged with Hollywood's finest, is my favorite. It's not a tough answer: John Frankenhei...

New York City Summer Samplings

Sharon Hoge | Posted 07.06.2015 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Here today; gone tomorrow. Summer subsides all too soon, it seems -- taking with it this year, a number of notable exhibits on temporary view in New York City. Interrupt your summer strolls to catch these shows due to be dismantled once the season changes.

3 Teens Get Big Break On Broadway Thanks To Make-A-Wish

AP | Mark Kennedy | Posted 07.01.2015 | Good News

NEW YORK (AP) — If theatergoers at Wednesday's matinee of "On the Town" take special attention, they'll get to see the Broadway debut of three speci...

10 Things Only My Father Could Teach Me

Alicia Cook | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Alicia Cook

Spoiler Alert: Dad really did know best. With Father's Day approaching, I have tried to pinpoint the most important things my father ever taught me.

Lessons from My Grandmother, And Joe Franklin, In How to Be More Human

John Bredin | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
John Bredin

Despite her amazing "real life fairy tale" theatrical roots in America, my grandmother, who nurtured a lifelong dream to be a singer, never became famous. She did sing to me as a child, however, and, just as crucially, made space for me. Humane space.

You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

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 Most Popular Tunes For Boomer Funerals

Roz Warren | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Roz Warren

Monty Python's "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" recently beat out Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as the song most people choose to have played at their funerals. I'm guessing that we Boomers can take credit for this. Inspired, I asked my Facebook pals to help me put together a playlist.

Sinatra-Thon Celebrates the Legend's 100th Birthday With Performances and Panel Discussion With Retired NYPD Detective Sonny Grosso

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 05.07.2015 | New York
Ashley Jude Collie

Sinatra, who was born in 1915, was one of the greatest and most prolific American singers, recording over 1,600 songs, as well as starring in over 50 movies.

Frank Sinatra Returns to Vegas: Bob Anderson and Vincent Falcone Talk About the New Sinatra Show That Keeps the Music and the Legacy Alive

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted 06.27.2015 | Fifty
Dustin Fitzharris

Before Frank Sinatra died he gave a bunch of music to his long-time musical director Vincent Falcone and said, "Vinnie, just keep the music going, that's all." Honoring Sinatra's wishes, Bob Anderson, deemed by People magazine as "America's greatest singing impressionist," is performing at The Palazzo Theatre in Las Vegas in Frank: The Man, The Music.

Great Movie Characters: Joe Leland in The Detective

Alex Simon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Joe Leland is a man out of his time who's determined to stay relevant, even though the rest of the world has given up on his post-WW II era idealism and decayed into corruption. Much like the film itself, Joe has one foot in the past and one stubbornly planted in the present and future, on his terms.