1. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation

    October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Jack Bruce , the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer best known for his tenure with Cream during the 1960s, passed away Saturday (Oct. 24) at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71 A message on Bruce's offici ...

  2. Court Backs EMI Over Duke Ellington Royalties

    October 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington 's heirs against music publisher EMI. The late pianist, bandleader and composer wrote "It Don't Mean a Thing" and other big band hits. Dispute ...

  3. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which ...

  4. Dispute Over Duke Ellington Royalties in Court

    September 11, 2014 12:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York's highest court is set to hear arguments by jazz composer Duke Ellington 's heirs to reinstate their lawsuit against publisher EMI seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music. The 2010 suit alleges breach of the 196 ...

  5. Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

    September 09, 2014 6:27 AM EDT Gerald Wilson , the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wilson , said his father died Monday at his Los Angeles home from pneumonia. The big band leader began his career in ...

  6. Jazz Fans Can Spend $6K to Spend Eternity Near Greats In Bronx Cemetery

    July 10, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Some jazz fans are devoted to the very end. At The Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, so many jazz enthusiasts want to be buried near the graves of such greats as Miles Davis and Duke Ellington that the cemetery is developing new plots to meet the de ...

  7. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' ...

  8. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a memb ...

  9. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

  10. Harry Belafonte Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

    March 07, 2014 2:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue u ...

  11. Vanessa Williams To Join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    February 19, 2014 11:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in th ...

  12. Paul Colby, Owner and Promoter Behind Landmark Greenwich Vill. Venue the Bitter End, Dies at 96

    February 18, 2014 9:57 PM EST Even though it's been a good two decades since Paul Colby was actively involved in the running of The Bitter End, one of Greenwich Village's premiere music and comedy showcases, he was still a presence in the room -- and not just because ...

  13. Listening to Oscar: The Musical Components of the 9 Best Picture Nominees

    January 16, 2014 12:29 PM EST The scores from three of the nine best picture Oscar nominees received nominations for their composers. Each of the films has its own distinct musical character and in several cases, impressive soundtracks. Here's a look at the musical conte ...

  14. 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 st ...

  15. ‘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 trai ...

  16. I.M.P Selected To Run Washington, D.C.'s Historic Lincoln Theatre

    June 27, 2013 6:26 PM EDT The owner of a well-known D.C. rock club will soon begin operating the city's historic Lincoln Theatre where Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald once performed. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Thursday that the entertainment group I.M.P was sel ...

  17. EMI Wins Dispute Over Duke Ellington 'Net Revenue'

    May 06, 2013 5:23 PM EDT The decision is a defeat for Paul Ellington, the grandson of the great jazz pianist, who sued EMI for hundreds of thousands of dollars. He alleged that EMI had breached a 1961 songwriter royalty agreement with Ellington by deducting fees for for ...

  18. Sony Classical Relaunching OKeh Records Jazz Imprint

    January 11, 2013 3:06 PM EST Sony Classical is relaunching historic OKeh Records as its primary jazz imprint. The imprint will be part of Sony Masterworks in the U.S., Sony Classical's domestic branch. Overseeing OKeh will be Chuck Mitchell, senior VP at Sony Masterworks ...

  19. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

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  21. Columbia Records Celebrates 125th Anniversary With Commemorative Book From Al Jolson to LL Cool J

    August 01, 2012 7:15 AM EDT To celebrate the company's 125th anniversary, Columbia Records is releasing 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, a book chronicling its history, on Oct. 30. 360 Sound traces the company's story beginning with its origins in the late 18 ...

  22. Joe Jackson Taking 'Duke' on the Road

    July 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After opening at No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, Joe Jackson is now looking to take his tribute to Duke Ellington on the road. Jackson and his six-piece band featuring the violinist Regina Carter are booked for 16 shows in the U.S. betw ...

  23. Maria Cole, Jazz Singer and Widow of Nat 'King' Cole, Dies at 89

    July 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Maria Cole, the widow of Nat "King" Cole, the mother of Natalie Cole and a singer in Duke Ellington's band in the mid-1940s, died Tuesday of cancer in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 89. The Coles were wed in Harlem on Easter Sunday in 194 ...

  24. Five Decades Of Grammy Hits

    June 06, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 Even by the exalted standards he shares with other high-achieving record makers, Al Schmitt has a stunningly diverse discography. In a career spanning five decades, Schmitt has worked with such icons as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini, Sam C ...

  25. Eagles, Alison Krauss, Mulatu Astatke Receive Berklee College Doctor of Music Degrees

    March 30, 2012 11:37 AM EDT For 41 years, Berklee College of Music has been presenting honorary doctorate in music degrees to influential figures in the music industry. This year's honorees are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Eagles, 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss ...

  26. From the Skatalites To Shaggy to the Blue Note: How Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander Keeps Keeping On

    February 29, 2012 4:05 PM EST How does a venerated jazz pianist whose career spans six decades remain relevant among a younger audience? If you are Monty Alexander you take it back to your Jamaican roots and invite friends like multi-platinum selling dancehall superstar Shaggy ...

  27. Morning Heds: An Apple Announcement, Jive A&R Jeff Sledge, Hip-Hop Helps Sell Moscato

    January 03, 2012 8:43 AM EST Not the iPad 3 or New TV - But Apple Planning Media-Related Event in the Big(ger) Apple This Month AllThingsD According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important - but not large-scale - event to be held in New York at the e ...

  28. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 28, 2011 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. T ...

  29. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  30. Weekly Chart Notes: Mick Jagger, the Muppets, Adele

    September 01, 2011 8:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 JAGGER-NAUT: Like a Rolling Stone, Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 . While the coronation causes celebration for the band and Aguilera, it likewise adds new levels o ...

  31. Expanded 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' Soundtrack Arriving Aug. 16

    June 09, 2011 8:47 PM EDT An expanded edition of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," the biggest-selling soundtrack of the last decade, will be released Aug. 16. A two-CD set from UMe, the deluxe edition includes 13 songs recorded during original sessions for the film ...

  32. Dean Martin Renaissance On Deck with New CD, DVD, Book Launches

    March 21, 2011 2:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hoping to extend the renaissance of Dean Martin that has occurred over the last five years, a collection of DVDs, CDs and a coffee table book will be released in late May and June, while a boxed set is in the works with an eye for a release late thi ...

  33. Quincy Jones Looks Back with All-Star Tribute Album

    November 15, 2010 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Reflecting on his game-changing career, industry legend Quincy Jones says there's one memento he especially treasures. It's a picture Duke Ellington signed in 1973 after Jones had wrapped his first TV production: a CBS special in tribute t ...

  34. Grammy Awards 2010 Nominations Preview

    November 25, 2009 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Who will nab the bids when the nominees for the 52nd Grammy Awards are announced on Dec. 2? Its been a banner year for music, so there's no clear frontrunner, but there will be plenty of familiar faces in the running for multiple awards. So far ...

  35. Chart Beat: Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey, Maxwell

    July 16, 2009 4:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego Hannah Montana claims her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as "He Could Be the One," co-written by "American Idol" judge (and newlywed) Kara DioGuardi, debuts at No. 10. It makes ...

  36. Playboy Stages 31st Annual Jazz Festival

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whether you like your jazz straight ahead, New Orleans, funky or Latin style, there was something for everyone at the 31st annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 13-14 at the Hollywood Bowl). Comedian Bill Cosby was back again as host of the two-day e ...

  37. May 24, 2009

    May 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Taylor Hicks wins Season Five of “American Idol.” 1991 – Gene Clark of the Byrds and Dillard and Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. 1988 – Country singer-songwriter Billy Gilman is born in Westerly, R.I. 198 ...

  38. April 29, 2009

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich dies in a Moscow cancer hospital. He is 80. 2007 – Rage Against The Machine plays its first show in seven years to close the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. 1999 – Following his reunio ...

  39. After Four Decades, Jazz Fest Grows But Honors Roots

    April 23, 2009 3:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Only about 350 people attended the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970, and that number included gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the other 100 or so local musicians who performed. Four decades later, Jazz Fest draws hundreds of th ...

  40. Acclaimed Jazz Drummer Louis Bellson Dies

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Big band and jazz drummer Louie Bellson, a master musician who performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and his late wife, Pearl Bailey, has died. He was 84. Bellson died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L ...

  41. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the su ...

  42. Toussaint Teams With Henry For 'Mississippi'

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary New Orleans artist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint has teamed with producer Joe Henry for his next album, a collection tentatively titled "The Bright Mississippi" due out in early 2009 o Legendary New Orleans artist/songwrite ...

  43. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono s 2005 - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union ...

  44. This Day in Music

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Blues singer Arnold "Gatemouth" Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, a 2004 - Blues singer Arnold "Gatem ...

  45. This Day in Music

    February 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit "Just One Look," dies in Las Vegas. The 67-year-old singer/songwriter had suffered from emphysema. Born Doris Payne in Har 2004 - Doris Troy, best known for the ...

  46. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held at London's Earls Court. 2006 - Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held at London's Earls Court. 2006 - French songw ...

  47. This Day in Music

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Tenacious D drafts a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre. The show features solo sets from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedde 2005 - Tenacious D drafts a formidable ...

  48. Oscar Peterson Mourned By Jazz Colleagues

    December 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing and mastery of different piano styles could leave even his most accomplished peers awe-struck. Oscar Peterson's dazzling keyboard technique, commanding sense of swing ...

  49. Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies At 82

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world's best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died yesterday (Dec. 23) at his home in the To Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy ...

  50. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the su ...

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