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Miles Davis

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 mus...

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 "Ste...

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 | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

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 06.26.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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.

The Gentle Genius Behind the Greatest Jazz Label: Alfred Lion and Blue Note

Ted Fox | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment
Ted Fox

Monday was the anniversary of Alfred Lion's death in 1987. The founder of Blue Note - the greatest jazz label of all time - Lion produced some nine hundred records, including Thelonious Monk's first recordings.

The Year Ahead: 2015 Movies Just Slightly Off the Beaten Path

Jon Eig | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

When I began reading all the "anticipated films of 2015" lists, it became pretty clear pretty quick that my own version of that list would differ greatly from most of what I was seeing.

35 Years Selling Homes to the Stars: Lessons in the real estate business

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.06.2014 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

Like any good business idea, or any opportunity at that, New York City is what you make of it and the people that stay there the longest are the ones who--like entrepreneurs--find their niche and prosper in it.

Quincy Jones Holds Court at Keep On Keepin' On 's Premiere

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The buzz continues for the documentary Keep On Keepin' On, even this early in awards season: this documentary may follow 20 Feet from Stardom to Osca...

Lili Haydn's Exquisitely Brilliant New CD "Lililand:" A Journey For Your Heart, Soul And Mind As Well As Your Ears

Ira Israel | Posted 11.26.2014 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

Lili Haydn and I are "old school" and thus after our last chance meeting we exchanged our latest creations.

No Mistakes {Today's Buddha Doodle}

Molly Hahn | Posted 11.23.2014 | Good News
Molly Hahn


Quincy Jones on Keepin' On and Other Pearls of Wisdom

Alex Simon | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Quincy Jones is to music what Steven Spielberg is to film. In a career that has spanned over 60 years, Jones has been a musician, composer, producer, mentor, philanthropist and guiding force that has helped shape the music business, popular culture, and much of society's manners, mores and events.

Keep On Keepin' On, Alan Hicks' First Film Screens at the Hamptons International Film Festival Summerdocs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.30.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The documentary's catchy title, Keep On Keepin' On, comes from the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, now 94, a line he uses to inspire young musicians:...

The Delicious Soulfulness of Dianne Reeves

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

Dianne Reeves oozes earth-deep soulfulness. Everything about her -- from the way she sings to the way she speaks -- is soulful.

First Look At Don Cheadle As Miles Davis

Black Film | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

Entertainment Weekly has posted the first photo of Don Cheadle as Jazz legend Miles Davis for the biopic Miles Ahead, which is almost of the end of hi...

Don Cheadle is Miles Ahead

Jeff Rivera | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

Now, Cheadle is about to embark on a new path, his directorial debut in the film, Miles Ahead, featuring a glimpse into the life of jazz musician or social musician as he liked to be called, Miles Davis.

Get Me: Guitarist Joe Beck Leaves a Shining Legacy

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

If Joe Beck somehow had the desire, the dream to leave one last recorded legacy of what this music really meant to him, then surely the brilliantly recorded Get Me is a wonderfully realized dream.