Nile Rodgers poses with the 2015 BMI Icon Award

Nile Rodgers Crowned BMI Icon at 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

It was party central last night (Aug. 28) in Beverly Hills when prolific music legend and Chic innovator Nile Rodgers was feted as BMI’s Icon Award honoree. The occasion was the organization’s 2015 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.
Soul Singer Andra Day Channels Amy Winehouse on ‘Cheers to the Fall’: Album Review

Soul Singer Andra Day Channels Amy Winehouse on ‘Cheers to the Fall’: Album Review

Singing about heartache over retro-soul backdrops is an approach that has been thoroughly mined and ­mastered in the last decade, most notably by the late Amy Winehouse and James Brown revivalists Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. San Diego native Andra Day, who kickstarted her career by posting R&B takes of songs by Eminem and Muse on YouTube, ably attempts a similar sound on her debut, 'Cheers to the Fall,' touting ­collaborations with Raphael Saadiq.
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'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Bandleader Jon Batiste Dishes on Paul Shaffer's Sound Advice

When 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' debuts Sept. 8 on CBS, it will usher in not only the post-David Letterman era but also the post-Paul Shaffer era. Jon Batiste, a Juilliard-trained keyboardist known for his New Orleans jazz sound, will serve as the show's musical director, heading up a band comprising his longtime drummer Joe Saylor, saxophonist Eddie Barbash and a rotating all-star guest list. The 28-year-old dishes on joining Colbert's late-night party.

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