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Christina Oxenberg | Posted 02.03.2016 | Arts
Christina Oxenberg

Last Friday night at 10 p.m. I made my way to the Green Parrot. I was advised to go hear a band by the name of Trae Pierce and the T-Stone Band (ple...

Jazz at Lincoln Center Performs Night of Gershwin

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 02.01.2016 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

The rhythm was absolutely fascinating at the Rose Theater over this past weekend as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by its virtuoso artistic...

Jazz Genius Vijay Iyer Had To Fight The 'Model Minority' Myth Too

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts

Vijay Iyer is a celebrated jazz musician, Harvard professor, MacArthur "genius grant" recipient, and lapsed physicist. This menagerie of impressive t...

Louis Armstrong Lives Again, in San Francisco, in "Satchmo at the Waldorf"

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.30.2016 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf is such a delight. Directed by Gordon Edelstein, Thompson embodies the iconic trumpet player and singer in an engrossing, thought-provoking performance in the intermission-free play.

Satchmo at the Waldorf, Ain't Got that Swing

Erika Milvy | Posted 01.29.2016 | Arts
Erika Milvy

ACT's one-man play, "Satchmo at the Waldorf," is set, post-performance, in Louis Armstrong spacious dressing room at the ritzy Waldorf Astoria hotel. Why does it matter that the name of the hotel is in the title of the play? Was this a particularly memorable concert by Satchmo?

Satchmo at ACT: Louis Armstrong Minus the Smile, Unveiled by Play and Phenomenal Performance

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.24.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Anyone lucky enough to see Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-actor, three-character show in ACT's Geary Theater, will discover a very different Louis Armstrong: a man who loved music above all else and suffered through poverty, incarceration, racism, gangland threats and ultimately, through declining health, to blow his horn in ways that few if any have equalled.

Discussing All Things Awesome With Jazz is Phish

Taraleigh Weathers | Posted 01.22.2016 | Entertainment
Taraleigh Weathers

Adam Chase is the founder of Jazz Is Phish as well as an accomplished drummer, percussionist, song writer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist. He is an incredibly inspiring human that we all could learn something from so I obviously had to interview him.

A Night of Moves: The Fusion of Traditional Indian Dance and Jazz Music

Jazz Girard | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Jazz Girard

Imagine waking up one morning knowing that, in just a few hours, you'll be performing in front of thousands of people in an event you have prepared for during more than half of your life. For 15-year-old twin sisters Sara and Riya Kapoor, that became their reality.

The Odyssey - From Vietnam to America: An Interview with Van-Anh Vo

Andrew Lam | Posted 01.16.2016 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ premieres her new musical epic this month in San Francisco, inspired by the experiences of the Vietnamese Boat People.

Lori Henriques: Songs From My Heart

Battersby Duo | Posted 01.15.2016 | Arts
Battersby Duo

"The reason I asked Lori to sing the song, is that our most important job is to connect our big brains with our hearts. Science is very useful for this, but so are art and music." Goodall thanked Lori for her music again. Then she paused and added, "You transported me to my childhood."

The Ghetto Swinger: The Incredible Story of Jazz Star Coco Schumann Who Played in Auschwitz For His Life

Michaela Haas | Posted 01.12.2016 | Arts
Michaela Haas

"We feigned a normal life. We tried to forget that there was an impenetrable fence all around."

See You In The Music, Natalie Cole

David Munk | Posted 01.14.2016 | Entertainment
David Munk

Natalie Cole often told me that she liked to sing "with a smile in my voice." Not long before she died, she mentioned what she wanted her epitaph to be. She captured herself with impressive economy: "Natalie Cole: the daughter of a king, the mother of a prince, a friend to all."

The Unifying Force of Jazz: Pangea Jazz Fest (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.31.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I have been interested in the relationship of Jazz and World Music ever since I started seriously noticing the many fusions of the two, back around 1995.

15 for '15: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

This was a strong year for music and one that felt more tumultuous than ever for planet Earth and its inhabitants. No coincidence, I'm sure. Here are some favorites from 2015.

Read This: The Beautiful, Glamorous, Brutal, Legendary Life of Frank Sinatra

The National Book Review | Posted 12.18.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Sinatra: The Chairman is coming out in the 100th anniversary year of Sinatra's birth, and it does as good a job as any book has of showing why Sinatra is truly an artist and a man for the ages.

Japan's Hidden Gems: Kyushu, Hot Springs, Tea Ceremony and Sumo Wrestling

David Code | Posted 12.11.2015 | Travel
David Code

One of the fondest memories of my three years living in Japan was a hot springs pool in the mountains. My Tokyo girlfriend took me to a quaint old ...

Herb Alpert Here and Now By Dave Schroeder

David Schroeder | Posted 12.09.2015 | Arts
David Schroeder

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the A&M Records release of Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass. The phenomenal su...

'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.

On a Clear Day, You Can Hear Forever

Graham Milne | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment
Graham Milne

Barlow has the ability, on every song, to welcome you along as a passenger on the intimate journey that is jazz, beginning with her wistful echoes of the Arctic circle in "Amundsen," as if you were an old friend from the trenches.

Singer-Songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway Pens Holiday Song To Wife

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Tony-nominated, singer-actress Ann Hampton Callaway promises "a fresh take" on the holiday season with her new album, "The Hope of Christmas." The 12...

Jesse Fischer's Day Dreamer, a Manifestation of Identity

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

Fischer naturally gravitated towards a farm-to-table musical identity, choosing to have a hand in every ounce of the process rather than simply observe, which has yielded work as a producer and engineer.

Refreshed RAV4 Hybrid in New York, Why Not?

Rita Cook | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Rita Cook

On Wednesday, the folks at Toyota lifted the embargo and now I get to talk all about the just unveiled 2016 Toyota RAV4, which will be the eighth hybrid offered in the Toyota lineup. New on the RAV4 for 2016 is a refreshed exterior and updated interior across all of the trim levels.

Quincy Jones Receives Herbie Hancock Humanitarian Award

Philip David Morton | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Philip David Morton

Quincy Jones received the Herbie Hancock Humanitarian award from Herbie Hancock himself at the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Vocals Competitions Award Gala at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood last Sunday night.

Chicago and Havana: A Musical Connection At The Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I recently enjoyed a scintillating evening of international cultural exchange featuring a concert of orchestral musical magic at Chicago's famous Au...

This is How You Create a Successful, Equitable Economy

NationSwell | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Time is the scarcest resource that we have, but it's something everyone has access to it -- whether you're Bill Gates or a person living on the street. This basic equality of time is the foundation for the online time banking platform TimeRepublik.