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Meatless Monday: Leftovers Versus Lagniappe

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.26.2014 | 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.

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...

Dog Ears Music: Festival of Sleep Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Azure Ray, Bat for Lashes, The Everly Brothers, Fats Waller, Iron & Wine, and more.

In Praise of Musical Intelligence

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm old fashioned. I have deep respect and undying love for great songs. Some of them were written for Broadway shows; others to be performed at parties and in nightclubs. Some became popular over the radio or because they were included in beloved movie musicals.

Books: Duke Ellington Swings and Stings in New Biography

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Michael Giltz

Often, biographies of artists get me a little antsy: Shouldn't I just be watching their movies, reading their books, studying their art or listening to their music? But the best books capture their life and creative process and shed new light on the work in the process.

The Most Unusual Artifact At The Louis Armstrong Museum

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 10.17.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — To mark the 10th anniversary of the Louis Armstrong museum in the modest brick house where he lived for 28 years, curato...

First Nighter: Dee Dee Bridgewater Is Billie Holiday in Lady Day; Clint Holmes Is Himself in Stop This Train

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Sometime in the winter of 1958, I had the chance to hear Billie Holiday on her closing night at Boston's venerated Storyville. For reasons I can't recall, I chose not to go. She died less than a year later, at 44, and that was that for me and Billie Holiday live.

Conversations With Graham Nash, Allen Toussaint and Colin Gilmore, Plus Coney Hatch and Dom La Nena Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Music, absolutely, without question, put me in a direction that you can say saved my life, although to me, my life was already safe."

Conversations with Gloria Estefan, Julian Lennon and Emmy Wildwood, A Wacky Chat with Tom Ruprecht, Plus a Jessta James Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Dream Team: Talking With Dr. John About His Louis Armstrong Project

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

When a friend calls you about a labor of love based on seeing his friend in a dream, it's generally not newsworthy unless your friend is Dr. John and his friend is Louis Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong's Losts Interview With Two Teenagers

Irina Dvalidze | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment

Michael Aisner and James R. Stein were just teenagers when they got a chance of a lifetime to interview Louis Armstrong, for their high school radio s...

The Joy That Is Allen Toussaint

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Seeing Allen Toussaint perform twice in the space of about 60 days -- in drastically different circumstances each time -- reminded me of why a love for musical roots can seemingly never run out of ways to discover and rediscover the beginnings of American popular music.

Tunes For Your New Orleans Trip

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Travel

With its carefree charm and revelrous reputation, New Orleans has become an American travel destination. As the birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans na...

How Can You Smile With a Horn in Your Mouth?

Carine Fabius | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Carine Fabius

That is the question posed by one of the musicians in Judy Chaikin's illuminating and joyful new documentary The Girls in the Band, and one of the best lines in the film pointing up the challenges faced by female jazz musicians in the 30's, as well as today.

Meatless Monday: Leftovers Versus Lagniappe

Ellen Kanner | Posted 07.27.2013 | 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, a delight, a bonus. So why doesn't an extra meal give us the same thrill?

Catherine Russell: The One Singer You Need to Hear Now

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.20.2013 | Entertainment
Joan K. Smith

If you don't know of singer Catherine Russell yet, you are missing out on a legend hiding in plain sight.

WATCH: So Many Singers Sound Totally Ridiculous

Posted 04.03.2013 | Comedy

Isn't it kind of amazing how many singers have achieved immense popularity despite sounding totally ridiculous? Key of Awesome and CDZA teamed up ...

Teaching Artists and the Future of the Arts

Nick Rabkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Arts
Nick Rabkin

The bottom line is that children who have more arts education do better in school and in life. Significantly, the correlation happens to be strongest for low-income youth, the students most often failed by our schools.

At Age 97, The Last Of The Great Cocktail Pianists Looks Back On His Life & Career

Tony Sachs | Posted 12.16.2012 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

At age 97, more than eight decades into his remarkable career, Irving Fields is the last of the original generation of cocktail pianists who tickled the ivories in Manhattan's swankiest nightspots in the 1930s and '40s.

Louis Armstrong House Museum Makes History

AP | Posted 10.03.2012 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- The Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City has hired its first curator. David L. Reese most recently has served as resident direct...