1. Watch Aretha Franklin Pay Tribute to Prince With 'Purple Rain' at White House Jazz Concert

    May 01, 2016 1:45 PM EDT “There is something fearless and true about jazz,” President Barack Obama said in his opening remarks Friday (April 29) at the White House concert celebrating the fifth annual International Jazz Day -- and despite the fact that the show was being recorded for broadcast on national television …

  2. Listen to Prince & Miles Davis' Never-Released Collaboration

    April 22, 2016 3:41 PM EDT It's fitting that one of the few artists Miles Davis ever openly praised was another unrepentant iconoclast: Prince . Prince Dies at 57: Iconic Musical Genius Found Dead in Paisley Park He spoke highly of the late icon both in his autobiography (“His shit was the most exciting music I…

  3. Don Cheadle and Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Talk Bringing Miles Davis' Sound and Story to the Big Screen

    March 22, 2016 4:36 PM EDT Filled with shootouts and high-speed chases, Miles Ahead , the new film starring and directed by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, isn’t your average music biopic -- but Miles Davis wasn’t your average musician. “I thought, ‘If I was going to do something with this person, who’s probably one of the…

  4. Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic 'Miles Ahead' Trailer is Here: Watch

    February 03, 2016 5:58 AM EST The first trailer for Don Cheadle's crowdfunded Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead has hit the Web. And it’s looks as controversial as billed. The short portrays Davis as an aggressive jazz genius who punched faces and got his gun off to get what he wanted.  Watch the First Clip of Don…

  5. Don Cheadle Defends Creative Liberties in Story and Music of Miles Davis Biopic

    October 10, 2015 6:28 PM EDT "What we all know in these real stories is that to some degree, they are all historical fiction, everyone is taking poetic license because clearly you can't encapsulate a person’s life in 90 minutes." Some might be shocked that Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis  biopic opens with the…

  6. Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day 3 Highlights: Bill Frisell, Dr. John, Aaron Diehl & More

    August 03, 2015 5:08 PM EDT The final day of the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival was a tribute to Jelly Roll Morton's famous "Spanish tinge" -- from New Orleans legend Dr. John to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Arturo O'Farrill and Arturo Sandoval to the glitchy beats of Jason Lindner, festivalgoers left…

  7. Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day 2 Highlights: Jonathan Batiste, Jose James, Jack DeJohnette & More

    August 02, 2015 11:00 AM EDT The 2015 Newport Jazz Festival heated up on Day 2 -- the unrelenting sun was no match, though, for what was cooking onstage. A swath of today's best jazz vocalists (including Cassandra Wilson and Jose James ), as well as a selection of both the genre's most staunch traditionalists…

  8. Newport Jazz Festival to Mark Miles Davis' 60th Anniversary

    July 26, 2015 1:35 PM EDT Miles Davis wasn't even listed in the program book when he appeared for the first time at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, but he made his presence felt with a career-reviving performance. This year's program book is Miles-centric as the festival, which began Friday, July 24,…

  9. 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…

  10. Wayne Shorter on Miles Davis, Kanye West, & the Music of the Future

    May 15, 2015 8:31 PM EDT Speaking with Wayne Shorter , whose prolific career has placed him solidly in jazz's canon, is nothing if not amusing. Legendary for his compositions and and compatriots alike (he's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Santana to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), Shorter…

  11. Latin Music Legend Rubén Blades Turns Teacher For New York City High School Students

    March 20, 2015 2:26 PM EDT Singer Rubén Blades is known as a legendary star of Latin music, a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, an acclaimed TV and film actor, a political figure in his native Panama, a committed social activist -- and now, for at least one day, a New York City high school teacher. In a recent…

  12. Hendrix Telegram to McCartney: 'How About Coming in to Play Bass'?

    May 10, 2013 10:27 AM EDT Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970. But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying…

  13. Rolling Stones Review: Raucous, Star- Filled Tour Closer

    December 16, 2012 12:00 PM EST To Be Continued NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rolling Stones blew the roof of The Rock last night, putting a capper on their brief 2012 50th Anniversary run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. ROLL WITH IT • Best '50' Tour Photos • Mick Jagger on Newtown •…

  14. Bassist Marcus Miller Injured in Fatal Bus Crash

    November 25, 2012 6:00 PM EST Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland, killing the driver, police said. The German-registered private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on the A2 highway in central…

  15. Obama's iPod: From Jay-Z to John Coltrane

    October 29, 2012 9:07 PM EDT President Barack Obama's iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool. Interviewed Monday on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.…

  16. Carlos Santana to Pen Memoir

    September 13, 2012 8:58 PM EDT Carlos Santana is ready for the ultimate riff: a memoir. The Grammy-winning superstar has an agreement with Little, Brown and Co. to tell his life story. The publisher, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Thursday that the book is scheduled for release in 2014. It doesn't yet…

  17. Watch Kimbra's Acoustic Tastemakers Session

    June 14, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Video: Kimbra performs "Settle Down" "It's cathartic," New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra tells Billboard.com of the U.S. release of her debut record, "Vows." "I have lived with these songs since I was 16, and started working on the record at 17, so…

  18. Santana Releasing 36th Album, 'Shape Shifter,' Others While in Vegas

    February 28, 2012 10:10 PM EST Exclusive: Guitar icon's instrumental LP drops May 15, two weeks into his Las Vegas residency C arlos Santana will release a new solo instrumental album two weeks after he begins a two-year residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. It's the first of three albums he has planned…

  19. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  20. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

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