| Jul 17, 2011
Living in Los Angeles, one of the early joys of summer is running down the schedule at the Hollywood Bowl. Probably the most famed venue on the West Coast, the Bowl's sprawling, woodsy confines and nearly 18,000-person capacity can transform mere concerts...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 1:53 PM
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...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 1:34 PM
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...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 8:49 PM
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...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 11:05 AM
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....
| Jul 2, 2012
| 6:10 AM
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...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 9:10 AM
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...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 7:21 AM
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...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 2:09 PM
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...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 11:16 AM
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...
| Apr 27, 2013
| 7:00 AM
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...