| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:33 PM
In the strait-laced Eisenhower 1950s, Dave Brubeck seemed, on one hand, deeply conventional. He didn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He favored expressions like "baloney!" and "you bet" over ruder alternatives. He had a prodigious work ethic that had been...
| Apr 6, 2012
| 12:51 PM
In terms of talent, glamour and wide appeal, few opera singers today rank as high as mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. No wonder there's quite a buzz at the Peabody Conservatory, where Graves will join the voice faculty in the fall.
People are still talking...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 9:10 AM
"The All Night Strut!" is really more of a stroll. The revue of 1930s and 1940s standards playing through April 29 at Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs just doesn't have the gait of a strut. At times, it even slows down to a promenade.
This isn't to...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 11:32 AM
The Winter Park Playhouse will continue its tradition of offering lighthearted musical theater in its upcoming 10th-anniversary season.
And, as a thank-you to series subscribers, season tickets will be offered at the original 2002 prices.
| Oct 8, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Fairfield University has got a couple of interesting shows happening at the Quick Center this week. First, on Friday, FU music program director Brian Torff leads a band of jazz professors (called the Jazz Professors) in a fresh interpretation of Duke...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 5:56 AM
The United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors will be making a stop in Petoskey at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army's premier touring big band. The 19-member ensemble was formed in 1969. The band will...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Gustav "Gus" Baer, a retired executive and certified public accountant who had a second career as a pianist entertaining Nordstrom shoppers with his spirited renditions of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin classics, died Oct. 9 of a...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 11:20 AM
No other orchestra in America looks, sounds or acts quite like Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
For though various bands play Third Stream repertoire — a term that loosely refers to jazz-meets-classical fare — the CJP immerses...
| Oct 26, 2012
With a bounce in his step, Melton Mustafa strode onto the stage of Miami's Joseph Caleb Auditorium. The audience at September's Sunshine Jazz Organization's 25th anniversary gala cheered warmly, as the Liberty City-raised trumpeter and bandleader took his...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Singer Kurt Elling sounded as if he had awoken from a long, deep slumber Sunday evening at City Winery Chicago.
The general torpor of his recordings of recent years, the blandness and anemia of past performances were cast aside for something far more...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 1:19 PM
The centennial of the inimitable jazz composer Billy Strayhorn doesn't come around until 2015, but, in a way, the festivities will begin this weekend in the Chicago area.
A three-day Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival organized by the Music Institute of...