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The 2016 San Francisco Jazz Festival Hits A Cool Vibe

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

For years San Francisco has been the West Coast playground and refuge of jazz musicians. Since 2013, those artists have had a permanent home at the SFJAZZ Center, the first-ever standalone structure in the country dedicated to jazz. Think of it as a cool opera house, where the beats get funky, the music is often improvised and the roof frequently gets torn off.

On the Culture Front: Kiki and Herb and Wolf Parade Return, Hidden Restaurant Gem Salinas, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.09.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Contrary to its name, Justin Kuritzkes' "The Sensuality Party" is anything but sexy. This intermissionless play recounts an orgy that was more harrowi...

Meet me in Saint Louis, Louis

LGBT News | Posted 05.31.2016 | Travel
LGBT News

By: Rory Winston "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" sang the inimitable Judy Garland in the Hollywood classic of that name. The again, the city has long b...

The Stuff Legends Are Made Of: A Review of Miles Ahead

Craig Carpenter | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

There are many things that make up a legend, most of which are rooted in truth and accomplishment, while others require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief for the legend to become narrative. It is with this in mind that I approach the much anticipated directorial debut of Don Cheadle - Miles Ahead.

Don Cheadle On Becoming Miles Davis

The New York Times | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices

Don Cheadle was not looking to play Miles Davis. He had done biopics before, starring as Sammy Davis Jr. in “The Rat Pack” (1998), which earned hi...

What It Is Like To Be A Genius

Ira Israel | Posted 03.23.2016 | Education
Ira Israel

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F....

Born to Be Blue

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.22.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

"I did it my way..." No, Ethan Hawke doesn't sing those lyrics in this faux bio/film about jazz great Chet Baker. But judging by his thoroughly convincing performance and writer/director Robert Budreau's impressionistic screenplay and artsy direction, that was their mindset during this movie's production.

Titans of Twentieth Century American Music

George Heymont | Posted 02.25.2016 | 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...

When an Actual Grammy Watches the Grammys...

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.17.2016 | TV
Xaque Gruber

Mom's favorite performance of the night was Joey Alexander, the 12 year old piano virtuoso -- the evening's youngest nominee, and the only one to score a perfect "10" from both of us.

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?

An Interview with Producer Larry Klein, Chatting with Ben Lovett, Plus Clavvs, Aleko, The Riflery, Dan Lipton, Alex Dezen and Joe Lazo Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.22.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

CLAVVS' "LEVIATHAN" EXCLUSIVE According to Clavvs' Amber Renee... "'Leviathan' is one of my first bedroom songs, which is to say I wrote it back be...

David Bowie: In Memoriam

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

I was a huge Bowie fan back in day, which made it really strange that I did not recognize him when I met him backstage at The Bottom Line during a Steve Reich and his 18 Musicians concert.

Prague Rockers in New York City: Lorraine Leckie & Pavel Cingl

Tom Semioli | Posted 10.16.2015 | New York
Tom Semioli

One day at an informal jam session, a fellow musician requested that Pavel put away the guitar and riff on his violin instead. And the rest, as they say, is history, including Pavel's stint with the popular Czech band Nahlas with Ivan Hlas.

Miles Ahead

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

If you're looking for a conventional bio-film, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get inside the head of the ingenious, erratic, enigmatic high priest of jazz, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. Actor/writer/director Don Cheadle's drama Miles Ahead is jazzed.

Last Licks: Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead Closes the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Introducing his movie of music legend Miles Davis for the closing night of the New York Film Festival, Don Cheadle reminded everyone that Miles was inducted posthumously into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame --for his innovations in jazz.

Don Cheadle Defends Creative Liberties In Story And Music Of Miles Davis Biopic

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices

Some might be shocked that Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic opens with the 1975 track “Agharta,” rather than something from the musician’s ear...

Don Cheadle Hits The Studio As Miles Davis In First Clip From 'Miles Ahead'

IndieWire | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.09.2015 | Black Voices

Now that the New York Film Festival has the premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Bridge Of Spies" out of the way, and the glitzy bow of Danny Boyle's "Stev...

Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tom Semioli | Posted 10.08.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

Controversy, dispute, and rock 'n' roll are siblings, and I accept that. However I must stand up for my woefully neglected bass brethren, some of whom no longer lay down the groove on this mortal coil.

Sal Cataldi: A Wizard, A True Star in New York City

Tom Semioli | Posted 09.29.2015 | New York
Tom Semioli

Millions, if not billions, of folks are unaware of the fact that Sal Cataldi has forged a presence in their collective and individual conscious by way of his decidedly eccentric career at the helm of Cataldi Public Relations wherein he and his staff have shaped several award winning guerilla marketing campaigns that defy convention.

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

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 09.16.2015 | 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.

Miles Davis At Newport: Chats with George Wein, David Benoit and Stevie Holland, Plus Fireships, Labor Camp and Delta Deep Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.24.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

George, you're associated with the creation of the new box set Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975. What was it like for you the first time you saw him at Newport?

Great Conversations: Dennis Hopper

Alex Simon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

What I saw instead was a man who seemed to be at peace with himself and his life, who loved his children, art, film and new ideas. Sometimes when you have seen life at its ugliest, as Hopper surely had, you're able to come out the other side and drink in its beauty. I hope this was true.

Conversation With George Clinton

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.08.2016 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

For few hours I allowed myself to be an insufferable fanboy instead of my default Mr. Cool disposition when the opportunity to interview George Clinton came up. I've been listening to George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic since I was 15 or something. We mostly talk about music and drugs. What more could you want?

Lorraine at 92 Toasts the Vanguard at 80

Barry Singer | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Lorraine Gordon is twelve years older than The Village Vanguard, which this past week celebrated its eightieth birthday. Lorraine -- who has owned the Vanguard since her husband, Max Gordon, passed in 1989 -- is, at 93, an inescapably frailer version of what she has always been: indomitable.

The Universal Tone: Conversations With Carlos Santana, Bobby Rush and Dylan Gardner, Plus Three Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Newcomer Dylan Gardner's latest video is for "Too Afraid To Love You," one of the key tracks from his album Adventures in Real Time.