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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...

Luciana Souza: A Bossa Nova Baby Makes Her Mark in the Jazz Realm

Chris McGowan | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
Chris McGowan

She's a vocalist who once said "each phrase for me has a certain gestalt" and she invites you to savor both the notes and the spaces between them. Souza is spectacular in a João Gilberto kind of way -- you have to listen attentively to fully appreciate all the nuances.

Performance Review: Infinite While it Lasts Serves Samba, Sex, and Saudade on Avenue C

Zach Udko | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

In a dimly lit wine bar on the eastern edge of Manhattan, a troupe of seven unabashed performers are steaming up the room with the spirit of Brazil. Infinite While It Lasts is an immersive sensual experience in which passion triumphs over pretension.

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.

Conversations with Gloria Estefan, Julian Lennon and Emmy Wildwood, A Wacky Chat with Tom Ruprecht, Plus a Jessta James Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.03.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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The Melodies Linger On (Part II)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

When I asked my pop-music-obsessed friends to pick a favorite melody from the past 50 years I overbooked, assuming that a fair number would have bette...

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...

Herb Alpert's Déjà-Vu at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If "This Guy's in Love with You" means anything, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall's show at the Café Carlyle offers, in Alpert's words, "music that is very déjà-vu."

Dog Ears Music: The Gifting List

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Dave Brubeck, Everest, Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Fats Waller, Frankie Miller and more.

Release Me Frees Fascinating Music from Barbra Streisand's Vault

Paul Katz | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
Paul Katz

It's very clever that Barbra Streisand's "new" album, Release Me opens with a song called "Being Good Isn't Good Enough", as most of this collection is material that Streisand deemed "good, but not good enough" for placement on the respective albums they were recorded for.

The Singer: A Conversation With Art Garfunkel

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.20.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

If you were to ask me, "How does that work?" I would say "It's all musical affinity," and it's very hard to explain why you're on somebody else's wavelength.

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Chris McGowan | Posted 06.17.2012 | Arts
Chris McGowan

2012-04-17-StanGetzJoeCharlie111111.jpg Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

Rio De Janeiro And The "Waters of March"

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 05.26.2012 | Travel
Patrick McGinnis

This is the rainiest month in Rio and the waters that wash away the residue of Carnival also usher in the school year, a return to work and all of the things that September means for Americans.

Conversations With John Waite, Jason Reeves, and Tom Moon, Plus Friday's Free George Harrison Concert

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Dog Ears Music: Born in January Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week, we feature music by Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Pat Benatar, Etta James, and more.

Four Horns, One Siren: Black Bear Combo and the Rebecca Sullivan Quintet

Robert Rodi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Rodi

On a frigid December night I squeezed into the Sub T Lounge in Wicker Park to warm up beneath the undulating Balkan rhythms of Black Bear Combo.

Two Musical Giants Left Us On December 8: Lennon & Jobim

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

Their songs were the soundtracks for generations who lived during days when it seemed as though anything were possible and a great leap forward was about to occur.

Bossa to Brass: Jazz with Paulinho Garcia, Grazyna Auguscik and Brian O'Hern's Model Citizens

Robert Rodi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Robert Rodi

Paulinho Garcia, the Brazilian-born Chicago guitarist and vocalist, is one of the city's -- if not the country's -- major interpreters of the classic Brazilian repertoire.

"Einstein on the Beach": A Roasted Playlist for David Hasselhoff

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Until he has his own 24-hour Hoff-story Channel, here's a playlist for an iconic lifeguard who somehow keeps floating towards the top.

Brazil's Hidden Magical Music Festival

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Chris McGowan

One of the best music festivals in Brazil, or the world for that matter, is one that few people know about. The Festival Vale do Café (the Coffee Val...

Forty Years On, Frank Sinatra's Great Lost Album Finally Surfaces

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

It's been almost a dozen years since Frank Sinatra, the singer, actor and entertainer, breathed his last. But while Ol' Blue Eyes may be copping the eternal nod, the Frank Sinatra industry is alive, well and ring-a-ding dinging.

First Nighter: Cabaret Thrushes Stacey Kent, Karen Oberlin Flying High and Low

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Joy infuses everything that Stacey Kent sings with a vocal zing -- which she's showing off this week as part of her current stateside tour.

White Light/White Heat: A Fan's Playlist For The Great Betty White

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's one lifelong fan's loving playlist for this enduring comedy icon who turns our world on with her own "White Light/White Heat" -- the one and only Betty White.

An Interview with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Last Herb and Lani re-emerged, hitting the road for a series of low-key shows which were recorded for the newly-released Anything Goes -- the first time they've ever collaborated musically.

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: 50 Years of Sublime Music

Chris McGowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris McGowan

Bossa Nova has been celebrating its fiftieth birthday in grand style this year, with commemorations having taken place in Brazil, the U.S. and other countries.