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"BIRD LIVES" - A Wonderful One-Man Show About Charlie Parker

Jay Weston | Posted 08.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos from jay Legendary trumpeter Miles Davis once told me (or rather he growled at me) th...

Song of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

I caught up with director N.C. Heikin to ask her what inspired her to want to bring to life the "reality" of Frank Morgan's life and she graciously took the time to give me some insight into her journey.

Dog Ears Music: National Wig Out Day Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.23.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music from Beck, White Denim, Super Furry Animals, Fastball, and more.

Digital Memories of Passover and Easter

S. Brent Plate | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

In the Jewish and Christian chains of memory, the memorializing process is not some type of thinking we do with our brains; it is something we enact through our bodies. This digital memory is touched with fingers, and ultimately ingested, chewed, and swallowed.

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...

Survive

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 03.03.2014 | New York
Jack Schimmelman

As a poor white boy growing up in poverty, I looked to my African American neighbors, some accented by southern spheres, and marveled at how they could produce such beautiful colors, magnificent culture while being targeted by purveyors of hate.

Not Your Father's Smooth Jazz II: Conversations with Earl Klugh, David Sanborn, Jonathan Butler and Euge Groove, Plus a Bo-Keys Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 01.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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The Jazz Genius Charlie Parker as Seen by Stanley Crouch

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Barbara Probst Solomon

In Kansas City Lightning, the first volume of his biography The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker, the soul of Stanley Crouch joins the soul of the legendary jazz legend, with James Joyce giving his blessings from beyond the grave.

Überjam Deux: A Conversation With John Scofield, Plus Video Exclusives by Willie Nile and Rusty Truck

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Willie Nile's new "One Guitar" debuts here with some explanation by the artist: "'One Guitar' is a song about what one guitar and one voice can do to help make things better in this world."

Interview With PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky

Lisa Chau | Posted 09.05.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

PEN Award Winner, Steve Dalachinsky's revised and expanded book of poems, A Superintendent's Eyes arrived in bookstores on July 3rd.

Movie Review: On the Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's taken me a while to get around to it, but I wanted to offer a nod of approval for Walter Salles' On the Road, which came out in limited release at the end of 2012.

Dog Ears Music: As Summer Drifts Away Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 10.24.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Charlie Parker, Western Heritage, Astronautalis, Styx, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, Jonathan Richman and more.

Motherload Monday: Chats With Steve Earle, Ravi Coltrane, Jerry Douglas, P.O.D.'s Sonny Sandoval and Marina & The Diamonds

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.06.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Mondo Sex Head: A Conversation With Rob Zombie, Chatting With Mike Stern, Plus Longreef and Certain People I Know Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.22.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Namaste & Conversation: Interviews With Kenny G and David Benoit, Plus Downtown Struts and Sara Jackson-Holman Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.18.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Jazz Giants

David Galenson | Posted 09.15.2012 | Arts
David Galenson

Charlie Parker often cites Lester Young as an influence, however there are no recordings where he sounds like a Lester Young clone. As a matter of fact, when you hear him playing with Jay McShann at 19, he already sounds like Charlie Parker.

Movie Review: Chico & Rita

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home
Marshall Fine

Chico & Rita is like a graphic novel of a romantic drama, set to music that entices and inspires. It's the grown-up choice to win this year's Oscar for animated feature.

Wallace Berman: The Aleph Male

Tom Teicholz | Posted 01.18.2012 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

All too rare is an art exhibition that invites the viewer to share in the joy of discovery, engaging us as confidants in new revelations that suddenly seem self-evident. "Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976," is just such an exhibition.

Boardwalk Empires, Mockingbirds, Concertos & Rocket Science: Conversations with The Jayhawks, Bela Fleck and Vince Giordano

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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A Pair of Kings: Chatting with Peter Wolf and O.A.R.'s Marc Roberge, Plus Samiam's "Nightly" Audio Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.14.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Addicted Artists We've Lost: A Tribute To Betty Ford

Posted 09.11.2011 | Arts

With Betty Ford's death last week, the world at large lost a great humanitarian. But the art world, in particular, lost a benefactor in the former Fir...

The Patagonia Music Collective Launches -- Plus a Conversation With John Popper

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Today, the environmentally conscious clothing company Patagonia Inc. launches "The Patagonia Music Collective" by releasing two 11-track bundles that are part of an ongoing series intended to be a new model for green giving.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Should Be The American Music Hall of Fame

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brian Ross

The latest crop of inductees was announced yesterday by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, it honored musicians who just a...

From D.C.'s Kennedy Center to East of Angel Town: Conversations with Branford Marsalis and Peter Cincotti

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis has been accumulating a series of honors, with the upcoming NEA's Jazz Masters Award being one of the most prestigious yet.

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.