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New Bio of Lady Day Has Body and Soul

Lew Whittington | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Lew Whittington

She knew the limitations of her voice, but made the most of her contralto range, from reedy top notes to growling vocal crashes. She told stories with her vocalese. Like Thelonious Monk, her chromatically, exploratory style, could connect everything musically.

Saxophonist Michael Blake Pays Homage to Pres and Hawk on Tiddy Boom

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Saxophonist Michael (not Mike) Blake is one of those artists who have a sustained appreciation of the tradition and for those who have come before him.

First Nighter: Audra McDonald Dazzles as Billie Holiday

David Finkle | Posted 06.13.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps the most complimentary remark to be made about Audra McDonald in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill is that in 90 minutes and under Lonny Price's fully empathetic direction, she nails that voice and she gets that whole life.

Michael Blake's World Time Zone Premiers Contrasts in Individualism at The Kitano

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

On a Thursday night at the elegant Kitano Jazz club in Manhattan the saxophonist Michael Blake premiered his latest work Contrasts in Individualism, a series of compositions inspired by two of the twentieth century's most influential pre-bop tenor men, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.

The Jazz Genius Charlie Parker as Seen by Stanley Crouch

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Barbara Probst Solomon

In Kansas City Lightning, the first volume of his biography The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker, the soul of Stanley Crouch joins the soul of the legendary jazz legend, with James Joyce giving his blessings from beyond the grave.

Dog Ears Music: Regrets & Resolution, Part III

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Lester Young, Passion Pit, Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson and more.

New Year 1/1/11 Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music from Elvis Costello, Ed Harcourt, Lou Reed, and Steely Dan among others.

Educating for Democracy: Bloomberg Appoints Cathie Black (Who?) to Run New York Public Schools

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

No disrespect to Ms. Cathie Black, but just as I would not want a sociology student to examine my prostate, I feel that there is a minimal level of knowledge necessary to run the New York Public School system.

It's Official: Nobody's Cool. (Kerouac Posthumously Blows It)

Dean Sluyter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Dean Sluyter

But cool as an outer pose, as an attitude you can cop, is dead. When the truly cool people show up in your life, you won't recognize them -- they'll be too cool for that.