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Iconic Interview: J.K. Simmons on Whiplash

Andrew Fish | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Fish

We're wired to feel a vicarious thrill as we watch a young protagonist become the hero he was meant to be. Whiplash hacks into this quirk of brain chemistry and gets you rooting for all the wrong things.

Lights Go on Part XXVII: Jazz

Thomas Bähler | Posted 10.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

When I was about six years old, my dad let me sit next to him while reading through some musical arrangements of his with a group of musician friends....

Playing With Parkinson's

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mitch Ditkoff

Simply put, Sangeeta created new ways to make music -- using breakfast bowls, tabletops, found objects, his omnipresent bag of pills, and his Parkinson's-compromised voice.

Movie Review: Whiplash -- The Beat Goes On

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This smart, razor-edged film has been out there, tantalizing critics and viewers, ever since it caused a sensation with its debut at Sundance in January.

Daily Meditation: Maiden Voyage

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind.

Music in the Southwest Part 2: The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Asia | Posted 10.03.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Something amazing happened in Tucson over the last weekend, when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Copland to open its new season.

Playlist Runway: Fashion, Music and Models at Mark McNairy SS15

Danielle James | Posted 09.24.2014 | Style
Danielle James

Mark McNairy is the equivalent of your cool Uncle that does not give two f*cks what anyone else thinks. Mark McNairy is that Uncle to the fashion community.

Trans Teen Co-Authors Book About Transgender Identity

miami.cbslocal.com | Irika Sargent | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices

One of our favorite role models for transgender youth is embarking on a new endeavor: co-authoring a children's book that aims to show all children th...

Manhattan's "Metropolitan Room" Hosts the 2014 Hot House NYC Jazz Decision

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

"Hot House" jazz magazine has started a tradition of honoring a group of new and established musicians, recently offering a varied and compelling awards show last week at the Metropolitan Room.

New York City's Jazz Musicians Fear Poverty In Retirement

AP | JONATHAN LEMIRE | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Keisha St. John has been singing at some of the most famous jazz clubs in the nation for more than five decades. She was paid $50 a...

Great Boom Boom Music: Volume One -- Gato's 'Last Tango' Is Top Cat

Sal Cataldi | Posted 09.09.2014 | Entertainment
Sal Cataldi

True music lovers have a soundtrack for everything. When it comes to under-the-covers jams, there's one disc that resonates in my core. It's Gato Barbieri's alternately lush and animal-depraved soundtrack for the great Bernardo Bertolucci flick, "Last Tango in Paris."

The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

Studio 909: Jazz Up Close and Personal in Honolulu

Dawn Morais | Posted 09.02.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

I'm not sure why it took us so long, but our first visit to Studio 909 has us hooked. If the performance by the Dmitri Matheny Group on August 30 was any measure, we look forward eagerly to what lies ahead.

Celebrate Jazz, Celebrate Detroit, Just Celebrate: Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day Weekend

Colin Darke | Posted 08.29.2014 | Detroit
Colin Darke

This Labor Day Weekend, Detroit will host its 35th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival, and it will celebrate jazz, jazz artists, and Detroit.

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.

Prosecutor: Jazz Musician's $500,000 Prize Money Stolen

Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a suburban New York man on charges he stole nearly $500,000 in prize money belonging to famed jazz musician...

Mork Calling Orson: My Time With Robin Williams

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 10.12.2014 | New York
Erin Michelle Threlfall

In 2004, I was working in a fabulous jazz club here in New York. When we first opened, each of the staff named a celebrity whom we would love to meet at the club. According to our agreement, if that person came in while you worked, they were yours to look after.

Somi: A New High Priestess of Soul

Craig Carpenter | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Cynical music fans like to talk about the things that aren't happening today; things that aren't happening in jazz, that aren't happening in R&B. A few months ago, I was invited to witness what was happening at New York's Joe's Pub, in the person of recording artist, Somi.

'The Most Beautiful Drawing Ever': Pegasus (1987) by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Pegasus" (1987) has always intimidated me. It was usually one of the last works I showed students when I taught Basquiat, and I never said much about it. Its massive size, allover writing and symbols overwhelmed me.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Ford Theater

Philip David Morton | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Philip David Morton

I've had the privilege to hear a lot of great music, performed by some of the recognized masters in their fields. But an amazing thing happens when...

The Delicious Soulfulness of Dianne Reeves

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

Dianne Reeves oozes earth-deep soulfulness. Everything about her -- from the way she sings to the way she speaks -- is soulful.

Napa Valley Festival del Sole Creates Its Own Artistic Aura

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 09.27.2014 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

The sun shining down on Napa has created a wonderful gravitational pull with the events offered at this year's Festival de Sole.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

Steve Martin Live

Philip David Morton | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Philip David Morton

"Steve Martin live" are three words you stopped seeing together in 1981. A reigning king of comedy for almost four decades, his imprint on the art form has few equals. Regardless of who was on top there was always Steve Martin.