1. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  2. Italian Conductor Claudio Abbado Dies At 80

    January 21, 2014 1:03 AM EST Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors revered for developing a rapport with members of the world's leading orchestras while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80. Abbado died at home in Bologna after a long illness, said Raffaella…

  3. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the…

  4. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday…

  5. TV on the Radio: Don't Confuse These Songs for TV Themes

    July 20, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Despite no affiliation, Ed Sheeran's song 'The A Team' is conjuring thoughts of B.A. Baracus, mohawks and a cool black van. A new hit by an artist born in 1991 is bringing back memories of a TV show that went off the air in 1987. British newcomer Ed Sheeran enters the Billboard…

  6. Herbie Hancock Launching International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides…

  7. Esperanza Spalding, 'Radio Music Society': Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 4:04 PM EST Esperanza Spalding Title: Radio Music Society | Release Date: March 20 As Esperanza Spalding ( @espespalding ) prepares for her first Heads Up International album since becoming the first jazz artist to win the best new artist Grammy Award, she says it's music for the non-jazz listener…

  8. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  9. Kat Von D's 20 Celeb Tattoo Tour

    July 29, 2010 1:00 PM EDT "If I had a religion, it would be music," says L.A based tattoo artist, Kat Von D . Though she came to public consciousness when she was featured on the TLC show "Miami Ink" and subsequently earned her own show, "L.A Ink" in 2007, Von D was already famous to the…

  10. Herbie Hancock To Be Feted At Revived NYC Jazz Festival

    March 01, 2010 8:48 AM EST Jazz legend Herbie Hancock will be feted at a belated 70th birthday bash at Carnegie Hall that will highlight the revival of a major summer jazz festival in the Big Apple. The pianist, who turns 70 on April 12, will be joined by comedian Bill Cosby, saxophonist Joe Lovano , trumpeter Terence…

  11. Sting, "If on a Winter's Night..."

    November 13, 2009 3:48 PM EST Sting has said that his latest album, "If on a Winter's Night . . .," was inspired by his favorite cold-weather season. But what's surprising about the best cuts from the 15-track set is how much heat the Police frontman and his varied collaborators create. On "…

  12. Bruce Hornsby Busy With Music, Film, Broadway Musical

    July 09, 2009 10:26 AM EDT A new album, a new label, a Broadway play and a cameo in a Robin Williams film are keeping multi-Grammy winning artist Bruce Hornsby busy for 2009. "Levitate," Hornsby's 12-song set, is slated for a September 15 release via Verve and finds the multi-instrumentalist…

  13. Bruce Hornsby Busy With Music, Film, Broadway Musical

    July 09, 2009 10:24 AM EDT A new album, a new label, a Broadway play and a cameo in a Robin Williams film are keeping multi-Grammy winning artist Bruce Hornsby busy for 2009. " Levitate ," Hornsby's 12-song set, is slated for a September 15 release via Verve and finds the multi-instrumentalist…

  14. Ani DiFranco Readies New Songs For Tour, Album

    April 09, 2009 11:50 AM EDT It's a new day in Ani DiFranco's world as the singer-songwriter looks ahead to following up her 2008 effort "Red Letter Year." "I have a bunch of new songs that I've been playing and kind of workshopping on stage because at the end of this tour I'm going…

  15. Keith Jarrett Trio Turns 25 With Tour, DVDs

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Keith Jarrett Trio is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the reissue of two out-of-print concert DVDs and a short fall tour. The Keith Jarrett Trio is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the reissue of two out-of-print concert DVDs and a short fall tour. On Aug. 26, ECM will re…

  16. Ani DiFranco Looks Toward 'Red Letter Year'

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ani DiFranco is notorious for releasing an album a year and 2008 will be no exception. Ani DiFranco is notorious for releasing an album a year and 2008 will be no exception. "Red Letter Year," the artist's 20th release since 1990, will arrive Sept. 30 via her own Righteous Babe…

  17. Redefining The 'Canon': Ani DiFranco

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "No hit singles. No platinum albums. No compromises." That's as good a summation of Ani DiFranco's career as any well-heeled Madison Avenue copywriter could conjure, but like all things DiFranco, this "No hit singles. No platinum albums. No compromises." That&…

  18. Billboard Bits: Salaam Remi, Pharrell, Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Producer/songwriter Salaam Remi has created a soulful version of the Beatles' "Come Together" to be performed tonight (Sept. 6) during VH1's Fashion Rocks concert by Jennifer Hudson and Aerosmith guit Producer/songwriter Salaam Remi has created a soulful version of the…

  19. All That Jazz

    August 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Hornsby refuses to be counted among the pop stars trying on jazz for size. Bruce Hornsby refuses to be counted among the pop stars trying on jazz for size. "I can see why someone may want to make an album that goes down easy and why a record company would want to put it out because…

  20. Ex-Tonic Frontman Gets Personal On Solo Debut

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When singer/songwriter Emerson Hart was 10 years old, his father (a diagnosed schizophrenic) was murdered near Washington, Pa., and his body was never found. The case, though cold, has never been clos When singer/songwriter Emerson Hart was 10 years old, his father (a diagnosed schizophrenic)…

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