| Feb 7, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Onstage, the Grammy Awards show on Sunday will once again be a picture of diversity. In one of the most anticipated performances of the evening, Paul McCartney will share the stage with Rihanna and Kanye West.
When it comes to handing out the major...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 8:25 AM
Tupac Shakur never scored a Grammy, but more than 18 years after his death, the revered rapper’s legacy and short life is being celebrated with an exhibit at the Grammy Museum.
“All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur,” which...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 10:22 AM
Frank Sinatra's discography very nearly traces the evolution of classic American song in the 20th century. Among the highlights:
"In the Wee Small Hours" 1955 (Capitol): Sinatra strikes a dark and melancholy mood in one of his most...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 12:27 PM
Jae Sinnett. The renowned Jae Sinnett Quartet will play the Williamsburg Regional Library, 515 Scotland Street, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sinnett, an accomplished drummer and composer, has been the region's top jazz figure for many years. His...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 12:17 PM
Justin Kauflin is a 28-year-old jazz pianist from Virginia Beach. Quincy Jones is a 79-year-old legend – winner of 27 Grammy Awards, producer of singers ranging from Sinatra to Michael Jackson, with a net worth measured in the hundreds of millions....
| Dec 18, 2014
| 10:47 AM
Five years ago, Alan Hicks set out to make a documentary about Clark Terry, the jazz musician whose 70-year career influenced generations of musicians dating back to Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.
It wasn't until about a year into the project that...
| Jan 1, 2015
| 10:00 AM
Happy New Year everyone! As I write this I don’t know how our float, “To the Rescue” fared in its New Year’s Day trip down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. Stay tuned next week.
I hope you had a good holiday season. I was up in...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Earlier this month, a 27-year-old musician steeped in the ways of Chicago jazz won one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
To Marquis Hill, taking top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, which includes a...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Legend is an over-used word, but the description would apply to Ray Charles.
A visionary who combined R&B, country, jazz and blues in ways that defied expectation, Charles exerted an incalculable influence on all corners of American music after his...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:50 PM
For much of his long, prolific career, jazz trumpeter Clark Terry has been a passionate and generous teacher as well as a performer, mentoring Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, among others. Alan Hicks, one of the young musicians to have enjoyed Clark's...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:04 PM
J-A-Z-Z. It's America's legacy to the world, a symbol of cadence and freedom. A soup of syncopated rhythms and harmonies that seem to defy all limits.
And yet when the legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was growing up in Havana, all music that...