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. Watch President Obama Celebrate International Jazz Day With an All-Star Concert April 30 on ABC

    April 30, 2016 8:40 AM EDT "Not a bad venue, right?" asks UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, chairman of International Jazz Day, and living jazz legend Herbie Hancock jokingly, after mention of what’s sure to be the genre’s biggest event of the year: an all-star jazz concert, broadcast from the South Lawn of the…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  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. 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…

  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. Billboard Bits: Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Making Movie, Katy Perry Appearing on 'HIMYM'

    January 06, 2011 6:45 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Wiz Khalifa Making Movie with Snoop Dogg Hip-hop veteran Snoop Dogg revealed in a recent radio interview that he and up-and-coming rapper Wiz Khalifa are working on a movie together. "High School" will be…

  10. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites like 'Baby, It's Cold Outside."…

  11. Herbie Hancock Enlists All-Star Cast For 'Imagine Project'

    May 28, 2010 2:16 PM EDT Herbie Hancock says his forthcoming album "The Imagine Project" -- due out June 22 -- was "the hardest record I've ever made." And not just because of the music. In fact, the legendary keyboardist tells Billboard.com that actually playing the 10 tracks "was easy…

  12. 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…

  13. Living Colour Back With Fifth Studio Album

    July 08, 2009 10:43 PM EDT The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with "The Chair In The Doorway" - the band's first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in…

  14. Living Colour Back With Fifth Studio Album

    July 08, 2009 8:50 AM EDT The cult of personality will continue on this fall, when purveyors of hard funk-rock Living Colour return with "The Chair In The Doorway" - the band's first set of new material in nearly six years. Due September 15 on Megaforce Records, the eleven song set was recorded in…

  15. Jazz Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard Dies

    December 29, 2008 3:14 PM EST Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who played with legends such as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey and Herbie Hancock, died today (Dec. 29) in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Hubbard, who had suffered a heart attack on Nov. 26, was 70. Born in Indianapolis, the artist moved to New…

  16. Santana In A Trio Mood For Next Album

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST After three successful albums of high-profile collaborations, Carlos Santana is preparing for a different endeavor for 2008. After three successful albums of high-profile collaborations, Carlos Santana is preparing for a different endeavor for 2008. The guitarist and bandleader is teaming up…

  17. Weather Report's Joe Zawinul Dies At 75

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, who played with Miles Davis and helped shape jazz fusion with his band Weather Report, died today (Sept. 11) in his native city of Vienna. He was 75. Keyboardist Joe Zawinul, who played with Miles Davis and helped shape jazz fusion with his band Weather Report, died…

  18. Herbie Hancock Unseals 'Letters' To Joni

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Herbie Hancock dives into the Joni Mitchell songbook on his new album, "River: The Joni Letters," dye Sept. 25 via Verve. Mitchell herself sings on a new version of "The Tea Leaf Prophecy," while Tina Herbie Hancock dives into the Joni Mitchell songbook on his new album, …

  19. 22OnTV

    May 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on TV listings for May 28-June 3, 2007. MONDAY, May 28 "Today," NBC Featured artist(s): Maroon 5. "The View," ABC Featured artist(s): Avril Lavigne. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," NBC Featured artist(s): Nelly Furtado. "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC…

  20. ON TV

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for April 17-23, 2006. MONDAY, APRIL 17 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Syndicated Featured artist(s): Jamie Foxx (also scheduled: Jeff Bridges). “My Music Mix,” Great American Country Featured artist(s): Sara Evans “VH1 News Presents: Blackmail,” VH1 Featured artist(s):…

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