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Brooklyn Band Forges Prog-Jazz, Goes Big and Brash on Debut Album

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

If I ask you to picture a big band, chances are you close your eyes and see Bono or Chris Martin or Donald Fagen (just me?). Give that first word a little more, though, lean on that "big" and you get a whole different thing.

New Artist Reviews: Klassik

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The art of hip hop has always been a powerful way to convey the duality of human existence. From gangster rap to rhythmic flow-etry and everything in between, hip hop is meant to carry a strong message, whatever that message may be. Emerging from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, comes a fresh breath of hip hop in R&B soulster, Klassik.

Talking 'Bout the Skins: An Interview With Legendary Drummer Billy Kilson

Phil Simon | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Phil Simon

I can think of no drummer that engages his audience better than Billy Kilson. Sure, the guy's got massive chops, but the man works the crowd like a skilled frontman.

What 'Whiplash' Can Teach Us About Pushing A 'Great' Too Far

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 01.14.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Their amazing skill and passion for music, as well as pushing the limits of their own personal capabilities for the sake of the art, rocketed them to the top of the music world. But what created them? What drove them to be better than anyone else and exceed that even?

Jazzing Things Up with 'Broadway at Birdland'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 01.06.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Look closely and you'll find proponents who keep tradition alive for the faithful, and with the foresight of knowing that what's old will someday be new once again. Gianni Valenti and Jim Caruso are living this daily at cabaret club, Birdland.

In Conversation With Jazz Drummer and Composer Antonio Sánchez

Adriana Teresa Letorney | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Teresa Letorney

Mexican drummer and composer and four time Grammy Award winner, Antonio Sánchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.

14 for '14: Favorite Music of the Year

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

It's like eating at a place where you think the menu is pretty understandable, but every dish hits you with some crazy ingredient that actually turns out to be a relative of arugula or a specific varietal of bourbon infusion.

A Holiday List of the Best Art Around Town

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

So my friends, this is the time of year when our guestrooms and couches get crowded with kids, friends, in-laws, you name it... And we are expected to feed and entertain them.

Kate Davis: All About That Bass but So Much More

Roxane Assaf | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf

Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project Postmodern Jukebox turning Meghan Trainor's megahit into a genre-bending stride-and-swing.

Why Lady Gaga Really Matters -- Even on Howard Stern

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Every time I try to wean myself off Howard Stern, he pulls me back in, as Michael Corleone would say. Stern, capable of the funniest and/or most vile radio content to be heard, often turns so candid an interview that it puts Barbara Walters to shame.

Whiplash -- "Svengali Porn" -- An Essay

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

I remain, a week following the experience of Whiplash (the picture can't just be watched), flummoxed. Awash in critical praise, Whiplash has definitely hit a chord with many people, but I ask what the director, Damien Chazelle, was actually going for in his "masterwork."

Matisse's Cut-Outs at MoMA

Francis Levy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Was Matisse a designer manqué? His parents's involvement with textiles and fabric design has always been considered an influence on his work. Imagine him as a student at F.I.T. with fine arts as his avocation.

Pour Yourself A Glass Of Whiskey And Listen To This

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Introducing Marian Hill: the answer to your musical cravings to bite into some blues, jazz, heavy bass and some of the most delicate vocals you have e...

Legendary Jazz Pianist Bob James Returns to His Alma Mater University of Michigan This Saturday for a Special Performance

Kelly Frazier | Posted 01.12.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Bob James is one of jazz's most renown pianists and composers. With music as a part of his life at an early age, he has nothing short of a love affair with his music and his preferred instrument, the acoustic piano.

Laurie Krauz's "Jazz Soup" -- Presents a Tribute to Bebop Icon -- Sheila Jordan

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 01.10.2015 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

One aspect that distinguishes many jazz singers from other vocalists is the tight collaboration between the singer and their instrumentalist colleagues.

UPAJ: Improvise Blazes at San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 01.07.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

At the heart of UPAJ: Improvise - a documentary about the unlikely liaison between an elder statesman of Indian classical dance and a rebellious young African American tap dancer.

The Cavs Had No Answer For Gordon Hayward

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Sports

LeBron James and the Cavs were helpless in Gordon Hayward's world. With stellar defense and a smooth jumper as time expired, the Utah Jazz forward hel...

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Boogie Woogie Fest to Rock SFJAZZ

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 01.02.2015 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

For good reason, the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival describes itself as an "international" event. The 2nd annual Festival once again features an impressive line-up of performers from Europe, Canada, and the United States, including the Bay Area.

Movie Review: Low Down -- Hooked on Cliches

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. Low Down, based on a memoir by his daughter, Amy, feels hackneyed, despite being a true story.

Painting Chops

Virginia Broersma | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
Virginia Broersma

In a jazz chart, the band begins laying the groundwork - establishing the beat and setting up the basic foundation upon which the soloists float their improvised creations.

An Interview With John David O'Brien

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

In the freestanding sculptures, O'Brien mixes materials in such a way to imply cross-cultural references that span time and location. I've recently had an opportunity to ask O'Brien a few questions in an attempt to demystify his iconography.

Jack Bruce: A Fond Fan Farewell

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 12.28.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Clapton was God to some--or so the graffiti said back in the 60s. But for me, Jack Bruce,who passed away last week, was the soul of the show.

Mary Lou Williams : The Lady Who Swings With the Band

Yvonna Russell | Posted 12.27.2014 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams once said: "Jazz is love. You have to lay into and let it flow." The love is in flow as filmmaker Carol Bash journeys to complete her full length documentary film "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band" of the legendary diva's life and work.

Iconic Interview: J.K. Simmons on Whiplash

Andrew Fish | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

We're wired to feel a vicarious thrill as we watch a young protagonist become the hero he was meant to be. Whiplash hacks into this quirk of brain chemistry and gets you rooting for all the wrong things.