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The Great Songwriter And Producer Bob Crewe Dies At 82

Charles Alexander | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Alexander

Crewe, one of the most successful songwriters and producers in pop-music history, died on Thursday at 82 after a long illness. It's a personal loss for me, because I got to know Crewe a bit when I helped produce and write liner notes for a box set of Four Seasons' hits in 2007.

My Conversation With Quincy Jones

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

His latest project is a labor of love for him -- it's a documentary called Keep On Keepin' On that pays tribute to his mentor, trumpet legend Clark Terry as the 93-year-old struggles with failing health while still teaching another generation of musicians.

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:...

Dear Governor Cuomo: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Natalie Merchant: "We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing."

Me and Mr. (and Mrs.) Jones -- Keeping Up the American Way

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Randee Mia Berman

Keeping up with the Joneses is supposedly as American as July 4 and apple pie. But it wasn't something I ever worried about, especially since: a) I'...

Managing Michael Jackson and More: A Chat with Ron Weisner, Plus William Beckett and Noel Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.24.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Ron Weisner: "When you're involved in the music world that I've been involved with, I was in the record end of it first and then the management next, then the television live concert world, and each relates to each other in a different way."

The Secret Chaos Behind Lionel Richie And Michael Jackson's Iconic Song

OWN | Posted 06.20.2014 | OWN

In 1985, producer Quincy Jones gave Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson the assignment of a lifetime. To help fight famine in Africa, he wanted them to ...

LISTEN: 53 Songs Your Intern Should Know

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices

Have you ever found yourself singing a classic, notable song around your friends or colleagues only to discover someone’s perplexed facial expressio...

Conversations With José James, Theo Croker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Plus An Exclusive From Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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."

Before You Head Over To Brazil: 2014 World Cup, Samba and Sergio!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Travel
Marlon Regis

Over 200,000 people from the United States alone, will be traveling to Brazil this summer for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, while another quarter-million f...

Conversations With Toto's Steve Lukather, Jenny Sheinman, Jeff Black and Oh Honey's Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

We were never the trendiest band, but we've always been here. Even the critics that hated us back in the day, you get them drunk and they know the lyrics to all these songs.

Brennan Williams

Quincy Jones Gives Back To Legendary Mentor With New Film

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.25.2014 | Entertainment

Before they became recognized worldwide for their musicianship, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Dianne Reeves were among the countless a...

A Tune From the Middle East, a Bridge to America

Badr Jafar | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
Badr Jafar

We see music and art as cultural bridges from the Middle East to the world. The arts offer the best representation of a people. They transcend politics, race, religion, color and language.

Lights Go on, Part XV -- Serendipity: Another Name for Anything Is Possible

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

How often do we set out to do one thing and end up doing another, with this new direction changing our lives in ways we could never have imagined? Fo...

Marvin Hamlisch Loved Sweets

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The entertaining PBS portrait of composer Marvin Hamlisch, aptly titled, "What He Did For Love," provides the music, his method for creating it, and t...

Interview With Jazz Pop Sensation Nikki Yanofsky

Erica Diamond | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Diamond

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.

Conversations With Seymour Stein, Lori Lieberman and Sun Records' Josh Collum, Collin Brace & Julie Roberts, Plus an Ed Kowalczyk Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.03.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"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."

ASCAP Workshop: Chatting With Richard Bellis, Matthew Margeson, Michael Bearden and Joe Trapanese, Plus Exclusives by The Grahams and Sweet Relief's Victoria Williams

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"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

We're Missing You, MJ

Chris Williams | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Chris Williams

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.

DreamWeaver & Maron: Conversations with George Duke and Black Iris/White Iris' Daron Hollowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I'm the same guy underneath whether I'm producing or writing or composing. Whatever I'm doing, it's still all music and it's still all me. I feel the same way with regards to styles of music."

Jam Sessions for Global Progress

XPRIZE | Posted 08.10.2013 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Quincy Jones Quincy Jones is a record producer, conductor, arranger, composer, television producer, trumpeter, educational philanthropist, and XPRI...

Which Song Had The Most Impact On Black Culture?

Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that music is a form of self-expression. And many artists not only use the recording booth as a hit-making platform, but also as a me...

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.

SNL's Hal Willner Produces Music for A Great Night in Harlem at the Apollo

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It's always Howdy Doody time in music producer Hal Willner's workspace at the Film Center building in Manhattan. Best known for producing music for Sa...

Diversity: A Conversation with Emily Bear, Plus Arian Saleh's 'Underhill' Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.07.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

New York based singer/songwriter Arian Saleh will release Undone on June 11, and it's his debut full length, following the 2010 release of his Cobbestone EP.