1. Cheo Feliciano, Paco de Lucia, Gustavo Cerati & Other Latin Greats We Lost in 2014

    December 30, 2014 5:10 PM EST As the year winds down, we remember seven Latin music greats who passed in 2014, leaving lasting legacies through music that broke ground and that remains relevant. Gustavo Cerati (Aug. 11, 1959-Sept. 4, 2014) The emblematic Argentine rock star was a man before his time. Despite his…

  2. Paco De Lucia Receives Heartfelt Funeral in Spain

    March 01, 2014 8:36 PM EST Hundreds of people gathered in the rain to mourn the death of virtuoso guitarist Paco de Lucia before a funeral Saturday in his hometown of Algeciras at the heart of flamenco music country in Spain's deep south. As De Lucia's body arrived at the town hall from Madrid early in the…

  3. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  4. Flamenco Great Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

    February 26, 2014 9:26 AM EST Paco de Lucía, the man whose name was synonymous with flamenco guitar and who popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies, died of a reported heart attack this morning near the Mexican resort city of Cancún. De Lucía was 66. According to published…

  5. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

  6. Robby Krieger Talks Manzarek Tribute, Doors App

    August 09, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Robby Krieger has plenty on his creative plate these days. But he still misses his Doors bandmate and longtime partner Ray Manzarek, who died of bile duct cancer on May 20 at the age of 74. "It's taking awhile to get over it," Krieger tells Billboard.com. "I knew him for…

  7. Return to Forever to Play New Music on Summer Tour

    May 16, 2011 3:17 PM EDT After a successful run through Australia earlier this year, Return to Forever IV -- the latest incarnation of the jazz supergroup -- comes home for a 32-date North American tour this summer. And it will have some new music in tow, promises keyboardist Chick Corea . "There's brand…

  8. Chick Corea Plans New Music With Freedom Band, Return to Forever

    June 16, 2010 1:56 PM EDT It looks like Return to Forever fans won't have to wait long for the jazz fusion supergroup's next reunion. The well-credentialed quartet of keyboardist Chick Corea, guitarist Al di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White toured together for the first time in 15 years…

  9. Les Paul Dies At 94

    August 13, 2009 12:27 PM EDT Les Paul , the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday. He was 94. According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains…

  10. Return to Forever / July 31, 2008 / Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "This is a really thrilling night for me -- my hometown and everything," Chick Corea told a Tampa Bay area audience openly hyped about the first tour in 25 years by Return to Forever, the keyboardist' "This is a really thrilling night for me -- my hometown and everything,…

  11. Return To Forever Reunite For 50-Date Tour

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return to Forever will begin its approximately 50-date North American and European reunion tour May 29 with a two-night stand at Austin, Texas' Paramount Theatre. Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return to Forever will begin its approximately 50-date…

  12. Return To Forever Heading Back On Tour

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return To Forever is reuniting for the first time in 25 years for a summer tour of North America and Europe. Legendary jazz/rock fusion group Return To Forever is reuniting for the first time in 25 years for a summer tour of North America and Europe. Beginning…

  13. Trio! / Oct. 14, 2005 / Clearwater, Fla. (Coachman Park)

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Bluegrass? Jazz? Acoustic fusion? Trio!, the superstar group with bassist Stanley Clarke, banjo man Bela Fleck and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty -- virtuosos all -- could fairly be described as specializin Bluegrass? Jazz? Acoustic fusion? Trio!, the superstar group with bassist Stanley Clarke,…

  14. Jarreau Says Return To Jazz Is Really A First

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Al Jarreau is a master of pop, R&B and jazz singing. He grooves in the funky zone, romances with artful fluidity and scats with syncopated glee. He's as much influenced by such players as pianist Bill Evans, saxophonist Ben Webster and…

  15. Everybody Loves You

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kaki King is a dazzling guitarist. She's an inventive, pensive, explosive player whose technique is miles beyond her 23 years. Kaki King is a dazzling guitarist. She's an inventive, pensive, explosive player whose technique is miles beyond her 23 years. She authored every tune on…

  16. Serart

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Serj Tankian, frontman of nÜ-metal band System of a Down, takes a hard-left turn into avant-global electro-funk with this Arto TunÇboyaciyan collaboration. Serj Tankian, frontman of nü-metal band System of a Down, takes a hard-left turn into avant-global electro-funk with this Arto…

  17. Un Segundo Una Vida

    November 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Drawing from a multitude of musical influences to create a unique flamenco/ world music sound, guitarist and composer Hernan Romero astounds on this collection of instrumental and Spanish-language tra Drawing from a multitude of musical influences to create a unique flamenco/ world music…

  18. Flesh on Flesh

    September 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Al Di Meola returns to the bins after a three-year absence with a jazz project worthy of our undivided attention. Guitarist Al Di Meola returns to the bins after a three-year absence with a jazz project worthy of our undivided attention. Always a fluid technical player, Di Meola&…

  19. Nylon & Steel

    May 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT This is a tasteful yet imaginative example of a classical artist branching out to work with musicians from rock and jazz. This is a tasteful yet imaginative example of a classical artist branching out to work with musicians from rock and jazz. In his usual repertoire, Cuban-born guitarist…