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James Earl Jones Honored at the American Theater Wing Gala

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.30.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Broadway luminaries attended the American Theater Wing gala on Monday night at the Plaza Hotel to honor James Earl Jones: Angela Lansbury, Tony Bennet...

Two-One-Two, I'll Always Be True

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.15.2015 | New York
Charlie Carillo

Was I kidding myself all along about this twelve-by-two mile enchanted island, or am I just getting too old to appreciate it?

Umbria Jazz 2015: 10 Days of Music, Wine and Dance

Yavuz Baydar | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Yavuz Baydar

Ever since 1978, each time I returned to my most beloved jazz festival, I left with with visions and sounds that are easy to remember.

Micky Dolenz On Broadway: A Monkee And His Music

Tony Sachs | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

The last thing the world needs is another rock star singing standards. Rod Stewart earned himself another few hundred years in purgatory with his multi-volume take on the Great American Songbook.

"AMY" - The Sad Price of Fame!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I only met British singer Amy Winehouse once...some seven or eight year ago, backstage at the Grammy Awards here in Los Angeles. When I was introduced to her as the producer of a movie about Billie Holiday, she turned to me and said that she idolized Billie.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: A Dazzling Conversation

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

Okay. There's Fred & Ginger. Sonny & Cher. Beyonce & Jay-Z. And then there's Bennett & Gaga. A match made in jazz heaven. Let's face it. We're dragging and sagging under heavy headlines. We all need a quick escape from global gloom, and I don't mean Soul Cycle.

Films Chosen Not Just Picked

Tara Fass | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Tara Fass

For those of you who don't know about this self-described red-hot mama, Ms. Tucker was a unique singer, racy comedienne, and fashion icon, known for her outrageous costumes and blue repartee.

The Good Life With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Jazz Fest Day 3

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

"That's My Momma!" James Andrews said of the Baby Doll dancing during his New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set. His show was a family affair, with wife Karen Gant-Andrews belting out an "At Last" that would have done Etta James proud.

Revisiting The Bottom Line: An Interview with Allan Pepper, Plus Jon Regen and Sarah Jaffe Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Bottom Line has been closed for eleven years, it closed January 2nd, 2004. I think about it all the time because I spent a great deal of my life there. One of the things I'm working on is an oral history viewed from the perspective of the performers who performed there.

Popcorn Preview: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

She was the first woman to include risqué material in her act. She wasn't "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas"... she was the first. She promoted and taught classes for young women who wanted to become Red Hot Mamas, too. Everything she did was original... she was one of the first jazz singers... certainly the first of the white jazz singers.

Cassandra Wilson Says 'Happy 100th, Lady Day'

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.

12 Songs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Supergroups All Over Again

Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

You know what’s better than one insanely popular band or one extremely successful artist? When they all merge together to create a beautiful, downri...

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

First Nighter: Sam Harris' Expertly Baked Ham, Victor L. Cahn's Sly Villainous Company

David Finkle | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If you were to ask me who the best male pop singer in the country is, I would immediately say Sam Harris. After seeing Ham, the adaptation of his beautifully written and often humorous memoir Ham: Slices of a Life, at Ars Nova, I'm even more committed to my belief.

11 Memorable Last-Minute New Year's Eve Getaways

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

When it comes to New Year's Eve destinations the choices range from old-school glam to sexy celebrity glitz--here are the top spots to be to welcome 2015.

I On Exceptional Living -- Nikki Haskell: A Timeless Icon

Irene Michaels | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Irene Michaels

Her skirts are short; her boyfriends are young; her fingernails are long; and her energy is endless. Nikki is always overdressed and ready to go. Her motto is "Never give in. Never give up. And never take 'no' for an answer." If Nikki can't do it in high heels; she's not interested

Lady Gaga's Latest Is a Force, But Not Quite a 'Storm'

Steve Schonberg | Posted 12.20.2014 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Gaga and Storm have, to Storm's detriment, eerily similar vocal power and tone. Likely a coincidence too, both albums were released within days of each other -- a seemingly dangerous move -- essentially putting Storm up against the megastar Gaga.

The End of the '60s? Where Do I Begin...

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

It was winter, 1971, my last semester as a philosophy major at Bucknell University. Studying Plato, Kant, Sartre and company had been invaluable for its own sake; that it had taught me to think critically and act decisively was a bonus.

Robert De Niro's Anxiety of Influence: Remembering the Artist Premieres

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.07.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Back in the 1970's when Robert De Niro was breaking out in films--Bang the Drum Slowly, Mean Streets, Taxi Driver--his dad Robert De Niro, Sr. was a p...

Kevin Spacey: Museum of the Moving Image Tribute

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Sprinkling his talk with the "F" word, Kevin Spacey recounted the wellworn story of how his idol Jack Lemmon encouraged him when Spacey was a 13 year ...

Sam Moore's Tribute to Martin Luther King/ SeriousFun Gala Remembers Paul Newman

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It might have been your typically rousing Sam Moore concert at City Winery this week, featuring the Soul Man's classic repertoire, starting with "Let...

Tony Bennett Slams Today's Hits

Posted 03.20.2014 | Entertainment

Tony Bennett may have plans to record an album with Lady Gaga, but on the whole, the veteran musician is not a fan of today's pop hits. "The songs...

Virginia Ends ACC Tournament Drought

AP | JOEDY McCREARY | Posted 03.16.2014 | Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points and No. 6 Virginia claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title since 1976 ...

On the Town: k.d. lang Debuts in After Midnight on Broadway

Suzy Evans | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

It was a suit and tie kind of night -- and not just for the soulful k.d. lang who made her Broadway debut as the new guest star in After Midnight. The evening was the type of party Carrie Bradshaw would attend -- if Carrie Bradshaw went to theater premieres.

Reissue Roundup 3: The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Who, Frank Sinatra, CCR and Humble Pie, Plus Keith Chagall's Kennedy Tribute

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Do The Beatles now collectively have more "previously unreleased" tracks than all of their official albums collectively?