1. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  2. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  3. Rubén Blades Q&A: Salsa’s Crossover Pioneer Gets Emotional on 'Tangos'

    May 28, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Rubén Blades takes an emotional turn with “Tangos,” a set of versions of his songs, including “Pedro Navaja,” “Pablo Pueblo” and “Juana Maya,” recorded with Argentine tango musicians. Blades brings tango’s characteristic drama to his classics without going over the top, for an album set to…

  4. 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…

  5. K.D. Lang On Her Broadway Debut: It’s a ‘Dream Come True’

    March 13, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter k.d. lang says making her Broadway debut was "a dream come true" and its effects on her music will be "profound." Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a musical celebrating…

  6. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  7. NBA All-Star Weekend Preview: Inside The New Orleans Musical Programming

    February 15, 2014 1:36 PM EST An NBA exec explains why Pharrell Williams is a global superstar, and how Trombone Shorty helped organize the halftime show over GRAMMY weekend. Each year, NBA All-Star Weekend boasts an impressive lineup of musical stars delivering stylized performances in between various basketball…

  8. David Crosby Amazed He Pulled Off 'Croz,' First Solo Album in 20 Years

    January 27, 2014 4:22 PM EST Guests on the album include Mark Knopfler, Wynton Marsalis and son James Raymond… Meanwhile, Crosby, Stills and Nash are "working on" new music after a planned covers album fell through "All kinds of wonderful chemistries" helped David Crosby make his first solo album in…

  9. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  10. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  11. 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…

  12. ‘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…

  13. Fantasia Back to Broadway in Duke Ellington show

    July 18, 2013 7:44 PM EDT The singer will celebrate Duke Ellington's years at Harlem's Cotton Club in the upcoming show. Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino will star in the Broadway-bound "After Midnight," a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club…

  14. Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba Trip Was Legal, But Questions Linger

    April 10, 2013 2:39 AM EDT Was Beyonce and Jay-Z's anniversary trip a holiday in Havana or a spectacular show of America's "People to People" Cuba policy in action? Thousands of American musicians and music industry personnel have visited Cuba over recent decades. In 1999, more than thirty…

  15. Jason Marsalis, 'In A World of Mallets': Exclusive Album Premiere

    February 12, 2013 1:45 PM EST Listen to the jazz veteran's new full-length one week before its release. New Orlean jazz great Jason Marsalis has returned as a band leader and vibraphonist on his rollicking new album, "In A World of Mallets." The self-produced full-length is due out on Feb. 19 through…

  16. Branford Marsalis Headlining Haiti Jazz Festival

    January 18, 2013 8:18 PM EST Saxophone legend Branford Marsalis is headlining a jazz festival in Haiti.   Marsalis arrived in the impoverished Caribbean nation Friday to perform several shows at the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival.   The first show for the Branford Marsalis Quartet will be Friday night in the…

  17. Gathering of the Vibes: A Grateful Dead Fan's Dream (Almost)

    April 02, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Surviving Members to Perform, Separately... Also on Tap at July Festival: Avett Brothers, Primus, Bruce Hornsby The surviving four members of the Grateful Dead -- with their solo projects -- will join the Avett Brothers, Primus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Steel Pulse, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and others…

  18. 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…

  19. James Moody, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies of Cancer

    December 10, 2010 1:45 PM EST Jazz saxophonist James Moody , who recorded more than 50 solo albums as well as songs with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie , Quincy Jones , Lionel Hampton and B.B. King , has died. He was 85. Moody's wife, Linda McGowan Moody, says he died Thursday at San Diego Hospice after battling…

  20. Wynton Marsalis in Cuba for Historic Jazz Concerts

    October 04, 2010 5:40 PM EDT A country known for groundbreaking jazz is getting a visit from one of America's leading trumpeters, who spent the weekend jamming with Cuban legends ahead of a concert series that will put musicians from the two Cold War enemies on stage together. The visit by Wynton Marsalis and his…

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