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Chatting With Chris Botti and Madeleine Peyroux, Plus Twin Hidden Covers 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.21.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Chris Botti: The trumpet doesn't care about the national anthem or anything, it's just going to beat you down every day. So you need to practice it hours and hours and hours a day; otherwise it will take control of you rather quickly.

Finding The Right Notes: Ron Carter, Celebrating a Living Legend

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

I am no music expert, nor a historian of this topic, but there is one thing I do know from my ancestors: There is no life without music.

Apple Lets First Artist and Label Subscriptions Into iTunes

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 01.01.2013 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Like anyone, we enjoy a good trend. We think we've spotted the beginnings of one: apps that let fans subscribe directly to artists and labels.

Organ Monk at the JJA Awards Gala (VIDEO)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 09.15.2012 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Is it called "Organ Monk" because the guy at the Hammond C3 is wearing a monk's habit? Or because the band presented a program of all Thelonius Monk tunes at the JJA Awards at the Blue Note? It's a little of both.

A Blue Note Gospel

Rev. Otis Moss III | Posted 02.01.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Otis Moss III

Many times God will bring out new colors when we experience the blues of a storm -- we must allow, the tears of God to beat across the canvas of our soul and God will paint a new picture in our spirit.

Chatting With Stanley Jordan, Lindsay Buckingham's ...Small Machine, "Pray For Sleep" With The Box Story, and Seven From StevieMix

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.01.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Although Stanley Jordan is credited with being one of the great jazz guitarists, he doesn't just play in that genre.

Chatting With Joe Jackson And Earl Klugh, Plus Mick Harvey's "The Ballad Of Jay Givens" Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.30.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

According to Joe Jackson, performing is the best part of the "madness" that he's involved in. It's better than being in the studio or anything else.

Mondo Amore, a Mission Bell and Joey's Song: Conversations With Amos Lee, Nicole Atkins and Michael Gomoll

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Jazzy Mandarin & The Gate's Wide Open: Conversations With Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

What happens when your elegant entertainer goes off script and speaks mandarin directly to a Chinese delegation in the White House?

Global Beat Fusion: Four Albums to Find in 2011

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

I was thrilled to learn that Six Degrees Records is releasing the stunning collaboration between Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal. Ten of the best songs to be released in January, all on the same record.

Father Time: Dave Brubeck Plays the Blue Note

Tony Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

Going to see Brubeck's late show at the Blue Note on a Saturday night feels, in 2010, almost as improbable as going to the ballpark to catch Mickey Mantle, or attending a lecture by Alexander Hamilton.

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.

CDs: Willie Nelson's New American Classic

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Some of my favorite albums of all time were recorded by artists well past their prime. Willie Nelson's American Classic can be added to the list.