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Jazz Singers

'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.

The Stacks: Billie Holiday: Jazz's Aching Songbird

The Daily Beast | Nat Hentoff | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices

Dizzy Gillespie's big band, at Birdland in New York. Coming down the stairs I heard a crackling, stunning trumpet cadenza, brilliant in content as wel...

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.

'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...

Easy Listener: Kurt Elling, Barb Jungr, Colleen McHugh CD Gotta-Haves

David Finkle | Posted 01.10.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The dapper, soul-patched, off-handed Kurt Elling has said in performance, "I was brought up on 4/4 time." That's hardly an unusual influence for a singer, but as he's put his gritty baritone to work over the last couple decades.

Campari and Conversation

Kat Edmonson | Posted 07.15.2012 | Entertainment
Kat Edmonson

Growing up, my imagined life as a musician was something along the lines of me lounging in a Learjet en route to a swelling outdoor amphitheatre on a dazzling summer's eve.