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A Hip Baritone Sings the Music of Miles Davis

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 06.23.2013 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

When the crooner Giacomo Gates tackles a project, you never know what to expect, but you can pretty much take it to the bank that it will be both entertaining and interesting.

Rattle Them Bones: A Conversation With Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Scotty Morris

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"For me, I picked up the guitar because of Brian Setzer and Stevie Ray Vaughan when I was a kid. So to even be in the same breath as Brian Setzer? I was blown away. But to have an ambassador of badassness like Brian Setzer being attached to swing only validated the whole thing. Way better for me."

Channel Surfer: Why Cowell-Less American Idol Is New, Improved, Better Than Ever

David Finkle | Posted 06.19.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The reality talent show -- which under Simon Cowell searched relentlessly for the next big pop star, according to the man's definition -- is no longer blindered to other musical genres.

First Nighter: Kurt Elling Fools Around With Time at Birdland

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Whenever I hear Kurt Elling, I'm reminded of firsts, the shock of the suddenly and compellingly new. His approach to a song is all that -- previously unexplored, unfamiliar.

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?