1. Late Bassist Charlie Haden Honored by Pat Metheny, Richard Lewis, More at New York Memorial

    January 14, 2015 10:12 PM EST The influential jazz player died in July at the age of 76. A large and loving gathering of friends and family honored late bassist Charlie Haden with a memorial on Tuesday night (Jan. 13), bringing together a bevy of heartfelt remembrances, music and song at New York's Town Hall. The…

  2. Exclusive: John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director

    December 05, 2014 1:00 PM EST The story of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane , one of the last major innovators in American music, will be told through the stories of people he influenced in the next documentary from the director-writer of Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Director-writer…

  3. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  4. 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…

  5. George Duke To Be Honored At Playboy Jazz Fest

    February 18, 2014 1:56 AM EST Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the legacy of their friend and musical partner George Duke on the opening day of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which is presenting the festival for the first…

  6. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  7. John Coltrane Fans Hope to Turn Jazz Great’s Home Into A Museum

    November 03, 2013 10:51 PM EST In a quiet, tree-lined suburb of New York City sits an unassuming brick ranch house that many musicians consider hallowed ground. This is where saxophonist John Coltrane composed the epic 1964 jazz masterpiece "A Love Supreme," shortly after moving into the Dix Hills, Long Island,…

  8. Ravi Shankar's Impact on Pop Music: An Appreciation

    December 12, 2012 3:15 PM EST Ravi Shankar 's arrival in Western music has widely been ascribed to his association with the Beatles, particularly George Harrison, and his stunning performance at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival that also introduced West Coast audiences to Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and…

  9. Ravi Shankar to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy

    December 12, 2012 10:45 AM EST Carole King, The Temptations, Patti Page and Lightnin' Hopkins Among Honorees On the morning after his death, the Recording Academy announced that Ravi Shankar and six others -- Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations -- will…

  10. Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro, Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:45 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers including the Beatles, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in San Diego, his foundation and record label announced . He was 92. RAVI SHANKAR & FRIENDS •…

  11. 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…

  12. Billboard Bits: Blue Note/Bonnaroo, Forecastle Fest, Westerberg

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blue Note Records will sponsor a jazz tent at next month's Bonnaroo festival, dubbed Somethin' Else. Among the artists confirmed to appear there are Jacky Terrasson, Stefon Harris, Don Byron, Ravi Col Blue Note Records will sponsor a jazz tent at next month's Bonnaroo festival,…

  13. Jazz Pianist Alice Coltrane Dies At 69

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane, has died. She was 69. Coltrane died Friday of respiratory failure at West Hills Hospital and Medical Alice Coltrane, a jazz performer and composer and wife of the late saxophone legend John…

  14. Oft-Bootlegged Coltrane Set Heads To CD

    September 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jazz legend John Coltrane's oft-bootlegged 1965 performances at New York's Half Note will be given their first authorized release next month. Jazz legend John Coltrane's oft-bootlegged 1965 performances at New York's Half Note will be given their first authorized release…

  15. Diverse Lineup Set For Rochester Jazz Fest

    April 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT More than 100 concerts have been scheduled for the fourth annual Rochester (N.Y.) International Jazz Festival, including shows by Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Chris Botti, Chaka Khan and More than 100 concerts have been scheduled for the fourth annual Rochester (N.Y.)…

  16. In Flux

    March 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST During Ravi Coltrane's short-lived stint on RCA/BMG, he came into his own as a saxophonist, composer and bandleader after years of perfecting his craft and sound in the shadow of his heavyweight-champ During Ravi Coltrane's short-lived stint on RCA/BMG, he came into his own as a…

  17. Steely Dan Sits For 'Piano Jazz'

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Steely Dan's February 2003 visit to Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show on National Public Radio will be released March 15 on CD via Concord Records. Steely Dan's February 2003 visit to Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show on National Public Radio…

  18. Nelly, DMB, Juanes Among N.O. Jazz Fest Acts

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST For its 36th annual edition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed a rich and eclectic lineup befitting its storied history. For its 36th annual edition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed a rich and eclectic lineup befitting its storied history.…

  19. Billboard Bits: Waits, Bozulich, Santa Fe Jazz Fest

    August 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Tom Waits, Bozulich, Santa Fe Jazz Fest A new album by enigmatic singer/songwriter Tom Waits is on the Anti Records release schedule. No details are available about the set, which is tentatively slated for a March 2004 release. If it comes to fruition, the set will be Waits'…

  20. Shaffer's 'Divine' Reunion With Mentor Muñoz

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Versatile "Late Show With David Letterman" bandleader Paul Shaffer frequently sits in with all types of rock'n'rollers. Last week at New York's Village Underground, however, he manned keyboards behind an all-star jazz…

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