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Gregory Porter and the Gospel of Jazz

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 02.20.2014 | Arts
Lia Petridis Maiello

Photo: Shawn Peters "Divine," comes to mind, "charismatic," "dignified," and a voice that is "habit forming." Only a few positive associations an...

The 18 Essential Ingredients For A Perfect Family Christmas

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 12.24.2013 | Fifty

Getting together for Christmas may bring to mind turkey, trees and, of course, family. A Pew Research Center survey found that nine-in-ten Americans s...

LISTEN: 21 Christmas Songs To Compliment Your Holiday Season

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Nothing gets us more in the holiday mood than our favorite yuletide tunes. From timeless classics such as Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas ...

An Interview with Freddy Cole

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

The singer/pianist Freddy Cole is a national treasure and at 81 years young he is still a masterful entertainer.

New Indie Music Gems From LA's Underground

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).

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.

Top 11 Calming Songs To Reduce Anxiety

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 09.05.2013 | Fifty

Earlier this summer, Japanese scientists explained how listening to sad music can actually trigger positive emotions. They explained that sadness prom...

A Few Answers About 'Answer Me'

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.04.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Answer me this: What 60 year-old song co-written by a German and an American reached No. 1 on the UK singles charts by two different singers at the s...

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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Late Bluesman Remembered By Friends

Commercial Appeal | Bob Mehr | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

It was not one, but a multitude of Bobby "Blue" Blands who were hailed and mourned during funeral services at First Baptist Church -- Broad on Thursda...

Blues Legend Dies At 83

AP | ADRIAN SAINZ | Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

GRENADA, Miss. — Bobby "Blue" Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "...

Memoir of a Liberal Southern Journalist

Glen Browder | Posted 04.07.2013 | Books
Glen Browder

Others can and will profile Ayers' impressive public career as presented in his autobiography. What I want to do here is profile "Brandy" as a person, using excerpts from the book to more fully portray this complex man and his progressive mission.

Conversations With José James, Otis Taylor, Erin Boheme and Renaiszance's Radha & Ravé Mehta, Plus an Unknown Component Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"My mother is Irish-American and my father is Afro-Panamanian, so it's kind of been the story of my life to be a bridge between different cultures and different styles, and musically, that's between jazz and R&B."

Viva Duets: A Conversation With Tony Bennett

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.21.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I sang a duet with Juanes and we hit it off immediately -- I think he is fantastic. Then on Duets II, Alejandro Sanz sang with me... Both tracks and the CDs were received so well in Latin countries that my son Danny, who manages me, came up with the idea of doing an entire CD with Latin artists."

At Age 97, The Last Of The Great Cocktail Pianists Looks Back On His Life & Career

Tony Sachs | Posted 12.16.2012 | Entertainment
Tony Sachs

At age 97, more than eight decades into his remarkable career, Irving Fields is the last of the original generation of cocktail pianists who tickled the ivories in Manhattan's swankiest nightspots in the 1930s and '40s.

What To Play At The Rehearsal Dinner

DJ Ed-O | Posted 10.30.2012 | Weddings
DJ Ed-O

When I DJ a wedding rehearsal dinner, I slowly build momentum over the course of the evening while mixing together classic and modern tunes from various genres.

Widow Of Nat 'King' Cole Dies Of Cancer At 89

AP | Posted 09.10.2012 | Celebrity

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Maria Hawkins Cole, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, has died in South Florida after a sho...

Set 'Em Up Somewhere Else, Joe: Why I'm Through With P.J. Clarke's

Tony Sachs | Posted 09.02.2012 | New York
Tony Sachs

I was ten years old, during the height of the disco era, when my father first took me to the nondescript two-story building on 55th and 3rd for burger...

Gil Evans' Centennial Tribute, Plus a Conversation With John Pizzarelli and Jon Cleary's Video Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

John Pizzarelli: Favorite album of all time? ... Abbey Road is pretty close to the top of the list. It's funny. You could say Abbey Road or you could say In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, because they're the types of records you put on and say, 'Oh, I'll just listen to one or two tracks.'

Revolutionary 'Nat King Cole Show' Producer Dies

AP | Posted 05.20.2012 | Entertainment

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- Bob Henry, a producer and director of television variety shows including "The Nat King Cole Show" and "The Flip Wilson Show," ...

Can I Borrow a Hug?

Pat Gallagher | Posted 04.10.2012 | Comedy
Pat Gallagher

I'm a hypochondriac. Is there a support group out there anywhere for people like me? Or am I in this alone, wallowing in my misery? I really, really l...

Chats With George Benson, John McLaughlin, Fred Schneider of The B-52's, and L.A. Guns' Tracii Guns, Plus Lisa Hannigan's New Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.20.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Chatting with Rickie Lee Jones and NRBQ's Terry Adams, Plus Miss Derringer's New Video and Hot Water Music's New Single

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.19.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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PHOTOS: Local Legend Youngwood Court For $2.42 Million

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.17.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles is set to lose two local legends once "Youngwood Court" is snapped up by a new buyer. The home, otherwise known as "The House Of Davids...

Music to My Ears: The Rat Pack is Back!

Michelle Renee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michelle Renee

Eugene Cole, Roman Palacios, and Daniel Hendricks are accomplished artists individually, but the energy they bring to the stage as a trio is unmistakably magic.