José James: "Hearing a musician make music that has no commercial intent is pretty amazing. It feels different. I kind of wanted to tap into some of that energy and bring it on the album. Hopefully in a small way it's there."
I recently sat down with jazz pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky, and what I discovered was a cool, bright, articulate, grounded young woman who knows what she wants, is doing what she loves and is chasing her passion with fierce determination.
"Back in my teens, New York WAS the music business. ... I'd go up to Harlem to buy my records. It was a straight line on the D train from King's Highway to 125th street, and they had great record stores up there. ... I mean, I just couldn't think of a better place to be."
"Our participants come to the Workshop at a critical point in their careers. We identify them just before they launch and provide a training ground for them to hone the skills they will need to succeed. Think of it as a finishing school." - ASCAP's Jennifer Harmon
Four years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. Many tears were shed by his adoring fans. Impromptu celebrations transpired across the world to honor his grand memory.
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.
The company's bankruptcy filing listed $16.3 million in debt and $50,000 in assets. How can a company like this even have any assets? Is it the stacks of VHS tapes sitting in the corner? The Hollywood rights to "Sexiest Shower Scenes?"
There is a story hat when people in Las Vegas needed first-rate medical care, they began at McCarran Airport. There, they'd get on a plane and go where good medicine could be found. With the opening of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in 2009, that is no longer the case.