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What a Wonderful World

Battersby Duo | Posted 11.08.2016 | Arts
Battersby Duo

The 1st round of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards is now over. For Grammy members who have had their latest albums submitted for an Award, the nail bitin...

Bird Lives Forever - Modern Graffiti Makes Its Debut in New York

ZEALnyc | Posted 08.24.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, August 24, 2016 Modern graffiti was born when bebop king Charlie Parker tragically died at the age of 34 on ...

Meatless Monday: Cool Beans, Hot Jazz and More Ways to Celebrate the International Year of Pulses

Ellen Kanner | Posted 08.01.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Nutrition, sustainability, versatility, affordability, sheer deliciousness -- there's so many reasons to love dried beans, especially now, the Intern...

A Wonderful World

Yara Zgheib | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
Yara Zgheib

I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom, for me and you. And I think to myself What a wonderful world. - Louis Armstrong, What a Wonderf...

It Is A Wonderful World

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.28.2016 | Entertainment
Reese Schonfeld

Once in a while, I come across a reminder of a story I have never written. This weekend I was watching Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam. It is ...

Titans of Twentieth Century American Music

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2017 | Arts
George Heymont

You don't have to be Cinderella to boast about your rags-to-riches story. With American Idol now in its final season, it's amazing to examine the list...

'Cabin in the Sky:' A Ring Shout of Well-Intentioned Condescension

Barry Singer | Posted 02.16.2017 | Arts
Barry Singer

I am fond of the 1943 movie, but it does have its problems. The opportunity to finally see the show at City Center's Encores! series last week, ostensibly as it was originally performed in 1940 on Broadway, filled me with anticipation. And trepidation.

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

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.30.2017 | 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 01.29.2017 | 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 01.23.2017 | 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.

Former Obama White House Chief Releases Record (the Musical Kind)

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially given his line of work.

'In the Dark Places,' A Conversation With Peter Robinson

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.24.2016 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

In the Dark Places is the 22nd Inspector Banks novel. It blends a police procedural with psychological suspense, and begins with a simple matter of a stolen tractor from a Yorkshire farm.

Preludes: Taming the Past

Barry Singer | Posted 07.16.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I wanted to see Preludes at Lincoln Center Theater the minute I heard about it. A musical about Sergei Rachmaninoff's three-year writer's block brought on by the botched premiere of his first symphony, and the hypnotherapist who saved him? That's for me.

The Jazz Singer Off Road: Kurt Elling

Barry Singer | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

Where most jazz singers tour, Elling traverses the globe. His latest album, Passion World, just out on Blue Note records, maps Elling's peripatetic restlessness via songs from more than a half-dozen foreign countries.

10 Must-See Black Landmarks At Your Fingertips

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices

Google Maps can do so much more than just getting you to the nearest gas station. For lovers of Black History Month, the innovative platform can a...

20 Strange and Surprising Reasons to Visit These Northeast Towns

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.

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.

My Dream Duets: Chatting With Barry Manilow, Andre Cymone and Carroll Matthews Tracks and The Hawthorne Chronicles

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

A conversation with Barry Manilow.

Dream Team Realized: Dr. John's 'Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch' Honors Louis Armstrong

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 10.19.2014 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

I first interviewed Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) about "Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch" a year ago when he described the album in progress as being inspired by a dream in which Louis Armstrong told him: "Do my music your way."

Meatless Monday: Leftovers Versus Lagniappe

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.26.2014 | Green
Ellen Kanner

It's Memorial Day, honoring those who died in service to our country, and for most of us, it's an extra day off. An extra day off is a such a luxury, ...

Where the Road Ends, the Music Begins

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

Cape May, New Jersey with its historic Victorian architecture may appear to share little with New Orleans, but when the end of the road meets the wate...

Finding The Right Notes: Ron Carter, Celebrating a Living Legend

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

I am no music expert, nor a historian of this topic, but there is one thing I do know from my ancestors: There is no life without music.

The Day the Rains Came to CA, Mother Earth Smiled Again

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If my dad, Carl Sigman, were around on the day the rains came to California last month in the midst of the worst drought the state has seen in centuries, he might have said, 'Mother Earth smiled again.'

Ascending to Hell: No Exit at the Pearl Theatre/ Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Westside Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Looks like hell is a step up, as the characters in Jean-Paul Sartre's mid century allegory step off the elevator into a swank upscale loft in the Pear...

Aisle View: Two Musical Solo Shows

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Director Gordon Edelstein keeps things moving handily, although he is forced by one-man-show strictures to resort to such activities as having the star change his clothes in several installments.