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  • Chesapeake resident Frank Foster, a jazz musician who led the Count Basie band, dead at 82

    Chesapeake resident Frank Foster, a jazz musician who led the Count Basie band, dead at 82
    Frank Foster, a jazz sax man and composer who is best known for his years with the Count Basie Orchestra, died Tuesday, July 26, at his home in Chesapeake, the Associated Press reported. Foster, who composed Basie's hit "Shiny Stockings," died of...
  • Musical mind meld: Bruce Hornsby and Béla Fleck share a jones for genre-blurring exploration

    Musical mind meld: Bruce Hornsby and Béla Fleck share a jones for genre-blurring exploration
    For many jam-band fans, a double bill featuring Bruce Hornsby's Noisemakers and Béla Fleck's Flecktones is a pipe dream come true. Both bands feature virtuoso musicianship, startling versatility and a lust for exploring the outer limits. For followers of...
  • Unconventional

    Unconventional
    A nation of predominantly couch-bound television watchers got some bad news tonight, as President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination and delivered the following line: "America's not about what can be done for us, it's about what can be done by...
  • Democratic Convention hosts Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige and more

    Democratic Convention hosts Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige and more
    Clint Eastwood's soliloquy about unoccupied furniture  has been the most entertaining spectacle to emerge from this year's party conventions so far,   although the Democratic Party will make its own go of it with a big roster of pop musicians this week....
  • Back to the '70s: Arts center seasons to include Emmylou Harris, Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne and Dr. John

    Back to the '70s: Arts center seasons to include Emmylou Harris, Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne and Dr. John
    Summer is when the area's performing arts centers announce their fall schedules. The Peninsula's two main centers -- The Ferguson Center for the Arts and The American Theatre in Hampton -- have plenty of interesting shows heading our way. As my colleague...
  • Rick Braun, Gerald Albright to play Norfolk Jazz Festival in July

    Rick Braun, Gerald Albright to play Norfolk Jazz Festival in July
    Jazz seems to be in the air today. No sooner did I post about plans for the 2012 Hampton Jazz Festival than I received word that the Norfolk Jazz Festival, July 20-21 at Town Point Park, will feature smooth jazzers Rick Braun and Gerald Albright, among...
  • Bruce Hornsby to play free show during Norfolk's OpSail-Harborfest weekend

    Bruce Hornsby to play free show during Norfolk's OpSail-Harborfest weekend
    Williamsburg's Bruce Hornsby is heading out on the festival circuit this summer and -- his local fans will be happy to know -- he's included his home region on his itinerary. The piano-pumping maestro will play a free concert at Norfolk's Harborfest...
  • Branford Marsalis: Q&A with a jazz sax master

    Branford Marsalis: Q&A with a jazz sax master
    Branford Marsalis, a Grammy-award winning saxophonist, doesn't like to be fenced in. He's played with jazzy rock bands, the New York Philharmonic and his own experimental funk ensemble, Buckshot LeFonque. Although he's not a staunch traditionalist like...
  • Symphony Center jazz season: Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Mavis Staples

    Symphony Center jazz season: Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Mavis Staples
    In 1994, Orchestra Hall — home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — took a gamble. The grand old institution for the first time launched a jazz subscription series, betting that Chicagoans would commit to a season of such events, albeit a short...
  • When you say jazz, Nicholas Payton hears BAM

    When you say jazz, Nicholas Payton hears BAM
    In a cramped UCLA classroom, trumpeter Nicholas Payton is leading a young septet of college students through his piece "The Backwards Step." He's here as part of a weeklong teaching residency, and the song he plays to the group at the Thelonious Monk...
  • New Orleans jazz icons to play free at Irvine's Great Park

     
    Jazz masters Branford Marsalis and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will bring a touch of New Orleans to Irvine's Orange County Great Park. The free "Flight & Sound" concert series opens this weekend....