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Jade Simmons

#JadeTalks to Mark Powell: A Leading Voice in Arts Leadership

Jade Simmons | Posted 02.02.2015 | Arts
Jade Simmons

What I got in the way of responses came from someone deeply entrenched in not just the philosophy of music business, but in passing along the importance of the process and the power of immediately applicable education.

Elvis, Meryl & Michael at the Cliburn: The Intangibles of "It"

Jade Simmons | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Jade Simmons

You don't necessarily know him any better when he leaves the stage, but you want to. Therefore, you've just got to hear him again. He's a powerhouse, like Elvis. That's his "it."

The Ethnography of Second Chances: 2nd Recitals at the Cliburn

Jade Simmons | Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts
Jade Simmons

The instant notable result of adding a second preliminary recital to the mix? In the first round of recitals, the troubling stench of desperation that use to permeate the prelims has evaporated.

A Cameraman's Bird's Eye View at the Cliburn: It's Not What You Think

Jade Simmons | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Jade Simmons

I fear it's this venom that is the same thing that repels newcomers away from the Classical music experience and further thickens the stinky atmosphere of snobbish elitism.

He Should Know: A Cliburn Gold Medalist's Surprising Words of Wisdom

Jade Simmons | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Jade Simmons

When Haochen Zhang won gold four years ago at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition alongside Japanese pianist Noboyuki Tsujii, the audience witnessed a baby-faced 19 year old with the piano skill and fortitude of someone much older.

Thank God There's No Black Monday in the Arts World, or Maybe There Should Be?

Jade Simmons | Posted 03.04.2013 | Arts
Jade Simmons

What the arts world needs is fresh vision that can adapt to the new crop of talent being cultivated, continually inspire the guard currently in place and make innovative, rather than obligatory use of new technology and ways of communicating.

I'm Sorry, I Thought Celebrating Dying Young Was Always "Inappropriate"

Jade Simmons | Posted 02.19.2013 | Celebrity
Jade Simmons

A sincere kudos to Ke$ha for supporting the pulling of her hit song "Die Young" from the airwaves following the Newtown tragedy. It shows a sensitive and thoughtful side of the artist rarely on display. I just wish the song had never made it to market in the first place.

The Modern-Day Hustler: 5 Things They Do That You're Not Willing to

Jade Simmons | Posted 07.05.2012 | Home
Jade Simmons

I bought one of those tapes this past December so I can tell you hustle is still alive and well in Harlem. And it's always been the lifestyle of a special kind of emerging artist. But what makes a hustler?

Classically Trained ... Rappers?!

Jade Simmons | Posted 06.26.2012 | Arts
Jade Simmons

Rappers Tupac, Nicki Minaj, Slick Rick, Kanye West, Dana Dane and newcomer Azealia Banks all have one thing in common. They all got schooled.

Gop Reimagined: Gingrich in Tights?

Jade Simmons | Posted 04.07.2012 | Comedy
Jade Simmons

So it's taken weeks to return to what started out as an easy metaphorical ride, casting GOP candidates in the roles of our most popular Opera characte...

Bachmann as Butterfly?: GOP Candidates Reimagined as Famous Opera Characters, Part 2

Jade Simmons | Posted 03.12.2012 | Comedy
Jade Simmons

When you think about candidates who got off to a sprint only to get stuck in the quagmire of swiftly changing public opinion and easily evaporating political momentum, you see Michele Bachmann.

Rick Perry as Carmen?: GOP Candidates Reimagined as Famous Opera Characters, Part 1

Jade Simmons | Posted 03.06.2012 | Comedy
Jade Simmons

I'll admit the analogies don't always hold up until the last act, but you'll get the similarities between the memorable opera favorites and the complicated figures that are currently gracing our nation's political stage.

The Surprising Thing About Playing at the White House

Jade Simmons | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Jade Simmons

Maybe I was being delusional, or just romantically patriotic, but it seemed to me that artistry was reaching across the aisle quite successfully. Music appreciation abounded, but not a word about which candidate had flubbed the most recent debate.