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Big Band Leader Gerald Wilson Dies

AP | DERRIK J. LANG | Posted 09.09.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gerald Wilson, the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wil...

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'...

Doc Pomus Music Celebrated Tonight at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.01.2014 | New York
Holly Cara Price

Pomus was quite simply one of the most brilliant songwriters of all time, writing "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "Viva Las Vegas," and dozens of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his 65 years than many of us could in several lifetimes.

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Bill_Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Bill_Robinson

With all supporting artists playing two or three SRV songs, this concert was a great cross-section of different artists and different styles interpreting Stevie Ray's music.

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.

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.

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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Marsalis' JLCO Swings Full Out in Philly

Lew Whittington | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

This month, Marsalis, was back with the full 15-piece Lincoln Center Orchestra, and it was all about the music, he gave a few brief song intros, but otherwise cued two hours of protean big-band artistry.

Dog Ears Music: Taxes and Other Misfortunes Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by John Coltrane & Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Charles Mingus, Sophie Tucker, and more.

A Native Son Traces The Tumultuous History Of Cambria Heights, Queens

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.17.2013 | New York

n 1965, when I was five years old, my family moved from the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn into a five-bedroom house on 210th Street in Cambria Hei...

Dog Ears Music: Born in August Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review music by Wilco, Whitney Houston, Sonny Sharrock, Count Basie, Gene Kelly, Joe Jackson and more.

America America: Conversations With BeBe Winans and Al Jarreau, Plus "Ask Renman"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Dog Ears Music: Things My Accountant Says Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 06.13.2012 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week our playlist includes music by Fats Waller, Champion Jack Dupree, Supergrass, Harper Simon, Count Basie and more.

Sing It Loud: Chatting with k.d. lang, JD Souther and Bobby Long, Plus a Beginners Audio Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.24.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

One of my favorite tracks on k.d. lang's new album is the opener, "I Confess," which sounds like Brill Building meets country, meets...okay, I'll shut up now, k.d. lang has the rest.

Bruce Ricker/Jazz Foundation of America -- Keeping the Spirit Alive

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.22.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Jazz lost one of its own last week, with the death of Bruce Ricker. Not a player per se, Ricker, a lawyer with a passion for jazz assembled Jay McShan...

Country's Cousins: Conversations with Diane Schuur and America's Got Talent Winner Michael Grimm

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.12.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For her new album, Diane Schurr says: "The one thing that I did purposefully on this was, number one, not to do it with a twang, and number two, I wanted it to please both people that are into country and people that are into jazz."

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...

HuffPost Premiere: Jesse Harris' 'Little Star,' Plus a Conversation With Kyle Eastwood

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Jazz musician Kyle Eastwood talks his new album, Metropolitain, living in Paris, and doing musical scores for film.

JAZZ MUSIC: Coveted And Savory Collection Snagged By National Jazz Museum

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

This year the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitiz...

From Philly International to The Berklee College Of Music: A Conversation With Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This weekend, the legendary R&B songwriting team will receive honorary doctorates in recognition of the 3500 songs they've produced over their 35-year partnership. In this interview, they reflect on their extraordinary careers.

"Tea for the Tillerman": Hot Playlist for a Tea Party Victory Party

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wild

I may not even remotely agree with the Tea Party Movement's point of view, but I will still fight to the death for these American's Constitutional right to have some good tunes at their victory party. Okay, maybe not to the death.

Protecting the House Where Lena Lived!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Never again in our history will citizens be forced to live segregated lives, not according to race at any rate. Yet once, not so long ago, this reality was a difficult to oppose matter of course.

Black History Month Events In New York

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

As we enter the second week of Black History Month, New York City is offering a host of activities to participate in. There are lectures, concerts, fi...

Bachmann Tea Party Overdrive: A Tasty and Hot Playlist for Michele and All Her Foxy Friends

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I just read here that Rep. Michele Bachmann is hosting a very special tea party at the Capitol today. I'm sure it will be a lovely affair, so I wanted to send along this playlist for Congress' hostess with the mostest.