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Matisse's Cut-Outs at MoMA

Francis Levy | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Was Matisse a designer manqué? His parents's involvement with textiles and fabric design has always been considered an influence on his work. Imagine him as a student at F.I.T. with fine arts as his avocation.

Pour Yourself A Glass Of Whiskey And Listen To This

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Introducing Marian Hill: the answer to your musical cravings to bite into some blues, jazz, heavy bass and some of the most delicate vocals you have e...

Legendary Jazz Pianist Bob James Returns to His Alma Mater University of Michigan This Saturday for a Special Performance

Kelly Frazier | Posted 11.12.2014 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

Bob James is one of jazz's most renown pianists and composers. With music as a part of his life at an early age, he has nothing short of a love affair with his music and his preferred instrument, the acoustic piano.

Laurie Krauz's "Jazz Soup" -- Presents a Tribute to Bebop Icon -- Sheila Jordan

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

One aspect that distinguishes many jazz singers from other vocalists is the tight collaboration between the singer and their instrumentalist colleagues.

UPAJ: Improvise Blazes at San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival

Carla Escoda | Posted 11.07.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

At the heart of UPAJ: Improvise - a documentary about the unlikely liaison between an elder statesman of Indian classical dance and a rebellious young African American tap dancer.

The Cavs Had No Answer For Gordon Hayward

The Huffington Post | Michael Klopman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Sports

LeBron James and the Cavs were helpless in Gordon Hayward's world. With stellar defense and a smooth jumper as time expired, the Utah Jazz forward hel...

When Music Is Like "Sex on the Beach"

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 11.07.2014 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

A variety of ingredients, all stirred-up with the beach as the backdrop and intoxicating -- that was the music scene in New Jersey this past summer, almost over but maybe a few more warm breezes of sound before the end of the year.

Boogie Woogie Fest to Rock SFJAZZ

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.05.2014 | San Francisco
Thomas Gladysz

For good reason, the San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival describes itself as an "international" event. The 2nd annual Festival once again features an impressive line-up of performers from Europe, Canada, and the United States, including the Bay Area.

Movie Review: Low Down -- Hooked on Cliches

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. Low Down, based on a memoir by his daughter, Amy, feels hackneyed, despite being a true story.

Painting Chops

Virginia Broersma | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Virginia Broersma

In a jazz chart, the band begins laying the groundwork - establishing the beat and setting up the basic foundation upon which the soloists float their improvised creations.

An Interview With John David O'Brien

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

In the freestanding sculptures, O'Brien mixes materials in such a way to imply cross-cultural references that span time and location. I've recently had an opportunity to ask O'Brien a few questions in an attempt to demystify his iconography.

Jack Bruce: A Fond Fan Farewell

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Clapton was God to some--or so the graffiti said back in the 60s. But for me, Jack Bruce,who passed away last week, was the soul of the show.

Mary Lou Williams : The Lady Who Swings With the Band

Yvonna Russell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices
Yvonna Russell

Pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams once said: "Jazz is love. You have to lay into and let it flow." The love is in flow as filmmaker Carol Bash journeys to complete her full length documentary film "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band" of the legendary diva's life and work.

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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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."