1. Drummer Ricky Lawson Dead at 59

    December 26, 2013 10:35 AM EST Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59. Lawson's uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was…

  2. Billboard Bits: CMT Awards, Monterey Jazz, French Kicks, Buck Owens

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on CMT Awards, Monterey Jazz, French Kicks, Buck Owens Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have joined the performance lineup for the 2006 CMT Music Awards . They will appear alongside previously confirmed performers Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Trace…

  3. Billboard Bits: Simpson/Lachey, Trife Da God, Baker

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Simpson/Lachey, Trife Da God, Baker The National Football League will pay tribute to the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks via Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's performance of "America the Beautiful" prior to that day's game between the Chicago…

  4. Hot Product

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Anita Baker ’Everything’ For You It started with an itch. It ended with Anita Baker's first studio album in 10 years. "My Everything," due this week from Blue Note Records, shattered Baker's creative block. "There are times when that creative door is just closed,"…

  5. Baker Gives 'Everything' She's Got

    August 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com It started with an itch. It ended with Anita Baker's first studio album in 10 years. "My Everything," due Sept. 7 from Blue Note Records, shattered Baker's creative block. "There are times when that creative door is just…

  6. Jarreau Says Return To Jazz Is Really A First

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Al Jarreau is a master of pop, R&B and jazz singing. He grooves in the funky zone, romances with artful fluidity and scats with syncopated glee. He's as much influenced by such players as pianist Bill Evans, saxophonist Ben Webster and…

  7. Hot Product

    May 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- An album and DVD from jam band O.A.R., "In Between Now & Then" (Lava/Atlantic). -- A concert set from Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, "Live: One Night Only" (Image). -- A new album from modern…

  8. Freelon, Cubanismo Set For San Jose Jazz Fest

    April 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Vocalist Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, flutist Nester Torres, and acclaimed groups Cubanismo and the Yellowjackets are among the acts booked for the 14th annual San Jose Jazz Festival. Vocalist Nnenna Freelon, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, flutist Nester Torres, and acclaimed groups…

  9. Hundreds Of Acts Flock To 2002 Jazz Fest

    February 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Hundreds of acts, including Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt, and India.Arie, have signed on to play the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, to be held at t Hundreds of acts, including Lenny Kravitz, Wynton Marsalis, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raitt,…