1. Wayne Shorter Remembers Ornette Coleman: 'One of My Favorite Astronauts'

    June 12, 2015 6:19 PM EDT Ornette Coleman , a giant of the jazz world and determined iconoclast, died yesterday (June 11) at 85. Tributes to the saxophone player began pouring in from members of the music community worldwide, from jazz musicians following in Coleman's footsteps to the Roots' Questlove.  We…

  2. New Sun Ra Recordings To Be Released This Fall: Exclusive

    May 22, 2015 2:33 PM EDT A new series of remastered, reissued and unreleased recordings by Sun Ra (1914-1993), the late-great jazz musician, bandleader and cosmic philosopher, are coming out this fall, according to the Manimal Group, which will press and distribute the new CD and vinyl. The project is being overseen…

  3. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation

    October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Jack Bruce , the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer best known for his tenure with Cream during the 1960s, passed away Saturday (Oct. 24) at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71 A message on Bruce's official website Saturday confirmed, "It is…

  4. Court Backs EMI Over Duke Ellington Royalties

    October 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington 's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court The…

  5. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  6. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court

    September 11, 2014 12:22 PM EDT New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington 's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract the…

  7. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  8. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  9. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT After helping to fuel rave reviews when the show opened last November, Fantasia Barrino will be back on Broadway for a second stint as guest star of "After Midnight," the sultry song-and-dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Evoking the wild nights of…

  10. Harry Belafonte Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

    March 07, 2014 2:45 AM EST Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue upon receiving the degree. Berklee students…

  11. Vanessa Williams To Join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    February 19, 2014 11:41 PM EST Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington&…

  12. k.d. lang To Hit Broadway for 'After Midnight'

    September 12, 2013 11:17 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer k.d. lang has sung everything from country songs to folk and torch songs. Now she's about to unleash her jazz side - on Broadway. The Canadian singer-songwriter will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a…

  13. ‘Psych’ Star Dule Hill to join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    July 25, 2013 12:29 AM EDT Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway's "After Midnight," a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Producers said Wednesday the actor and trained tap dancer best known for starring in…

  14. Joe Jackson Taking 'Duke' on the Road

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT After opening at No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, Joe Jackson is now looking to take his tribute to Duke Ellington on the road. Jackson and his six-piece band featuring the violinist Regina Carter are booked for 16 shows in the U.S. between Sept. 15 and Oct. 6 and 22 in Europe…

  15. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 28, 2011 9:05 AM EST From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 1 In part…

  16. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. AS STUDENTS…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Mick Jagger, the Muppets, Adele

    September 01, 2011 8:35 PM EDT JAGGER-NAUT: Like a Rolling Stone, Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 . While the coronation causes celebration for the band and Aguilera, it likewise adds new levels of Billboard chart history to the discography…

  18. Dean Martin Renaissance On Deck with New CD, DVD, Book Launches

    March 21, 2011 2:42 PM EDT Hoping to extend the renaissance of Dean Martin that has occurred over the last five years, a collection of DVDs, CDs and a coffee table book will be released in late May and June, while a boxed set is in the works with an eye for a release late this year. Universal Music Enterprises will…

  19. Quincy Jones Looks Back with All-Star Tribute Album

    November 15, 2010 11:10 AM EST Reflecting on his game-changing career, industry legend Quincy Jones says there's one memento he especially treasures. It's a picture Duke Ellington signed in 1973 after Jones had wrapped his first TV production: a CBS special in tribute to the pioneering jazz pianist/composer. The…

  20. Grammy Awards 2010 Nominations Preview

    November 25, 2009 9:00 AM EST Who will nab the bids when the nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards are announced on Dec. 2? Its been a banner year for music, so there's no clear frontrunner, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the running for multiple awards. So far, the drama swirling around this year's…

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