1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Miles Davis Makes 'Beautiful' Return With Highest-Charting Album in 29 Years

    June 10, 2016 9:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 18), Drake ’s Views was unstoppable at No. 1 , as the set racked up a fifth straight week at atop the list. As for the rest of the top 10, Dierks Bentley ’s Black started at No. 2, Fifth Harm ...

  2. Watch Aretha Franklin Pay Tribute to Prince With 'Purple Rain' at White House Jazz Concert

    May 01, 2016 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 “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 re ...

  3. Listen to Prince & Miles Davis' Never-Released Collaboration

    April 22, 2016 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's fitting that one of the few artists Miles Davis ever openly praised was another unrepentant iconoclast: Prince . Prince Dies at 57: Iconic Musical Genius Found Dead in Paisley Park He spoke highly of the late icon both in his autobiography ...

  4. Don Cheadle and Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Talk Bringing Miles Davis' Sound and Story to the Big Screen

    March 22, 2016 4:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Filled with shootouts and high-speed chases, Miles Ahead , the new film starring and directed by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, isn’t your average music biopic -- but Miles Davis wasn’t your average musician. “I thought, ‘If I was going to do something ...

  5. Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic 'Miles Ahead' Trailer is Here: Watch

    February 03, 2016 5:58 AM EST 0 0 0 The first trailer for Don Cheadle's crowdfunded Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead has hit the Web. And it’s looks as controversial as billed. The short portrays Davis as an aggressive jazz genius who punched faces and got his gun off to get what h ...

  6. Don Cheadle Defends Creative Liberties in Story and Music of Miles Davis Biopic

    October 10, 2015 6:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 "What we all know in these real stories is that to some degree, they are all historical fiction, everyone is taking poetic license because clearly you can't encapsulate a person’s life in 90 minutes." Some might be shocked that Don Ch ...

  7. Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day 3 Highlights: Bill Frisell, Dr. John, Aaron Diehl & More

    August 03, 2015 5:08 PM EDT The final day of the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival was a tribute to Jelly Roll Morton's famous "Spanish tinge" -- from New Orleans legend Dr. John to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Arturo O'Farrill and Arturo Sandoval to the glitchy ...

  8. Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day 2 Highlights: Jonathan Batiste, Jose James, Jack DeJohnette & More

    August 02, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 2015 Newport Jazz Festival heated up on Day 2 -- the unrelenting sun was no match, though, for what was cooking onstage. A swath of today's best jazz vocalists (including Cassandra Wilson and Jose James ), as well as a selection of both the ...

  9. Newport Jazz Festival to Mark Miles Davis' 60th Anniversary

    July 26, 2015 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miles Davis wasn't even listed in the program book when he appeared for the first time at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, but he made his presence felt with a career-reviving performance. This year's program book is Miles-centric as the ...

  10. Wayne Shorter Remembers Ornette Coleman: 'One of My Favorite Astronauts'

    June 12, 2015 6:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 f ...

  11. Wayne Shorter on Miles Davis, Kanye West, & the Music of the Future

    May 15, 2015 8:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 O ...

  12. Latin Music Legend Rubén Blades Turns Teacher For New York City High School Students

    March 20, 2015 2:26 PM EDT 7.047 k 197 20 Singer Rubén Blades is known as a legendary star of Latin music, a winner of multiple Grammy Awards, an acclaimed TV and film actor, a political figure in his native Panama, a committed social activist -- and now, for at least one day, a Ne ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Miles Davis Honored with Namesake New York City Street

    May 27, 2014 10:38 AM EDT A block on New York City's Upper West Side where Miles Davis composed some of jazz's greatest works has been renamed in his honor. Yesterday (May 26), hundreds came out for the unveiling ceremony of a street sign titled "Miles Davis ...

  15. Paco de Lucia Remembered by Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Many More

    February 27, 2014 9:30 PM EST Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake expected to attract a massive crowd to the Southern Spanish city. Since de ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Don Cheadle to Direct Miles Davis Biopic, Co-Star Alongside Ewan McGregor, Zoe Saldana

    November 14, 2013 2:05 PM EST "Kill the Trumpet Player" centers on a few dangerous days in the life of Miles Davis (Cheadle), as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music. Saldana will play Franc ...

  18. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:49 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occas ...

  19. Exclusive: Universal Music, X5 Music Partnership Debuts Blue Note and Verve Titles

    July 25, 2013 1:46 PM EDT The joint venture between Universal Music Group and X5 Music Group has released its first digital compilations containing the catalogs of Universal's Blue Note Records and Verve labels. The 11 releases by the U5 imprint include such legenda ...

  20. Hendrix Telegram to McCartney: 'How About Coming in to Play Bass'?

    May 10, 2013 10:27 AM EDT Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970. But less attention has b ...

  21. Blue Note Records, ArtistShare Create Crowdfunding Label

    May 08, 2013 1:19 PM EDT Jazz label Blue Note Records has joined with crowdfunding platform ArtistShare in a new partnership called Blue Note/ArtistShare committed to discovering and nurturing up-and-coming young jazz talent. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spot ...

  22. Rolling Stones Review: Raucous, Star- Filled Tour Closer

    December 16, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 ...To Be Continued NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rolling Stones blew the roof of The Rock last night, putting a capper on their brief 2012 50th Anniversary run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. ROLL WITH IT • Best '50' ...

  23. Rolling Stones Rock N.J. With Springsteen, Gaga, Others; Mourn Newtown at Final '50' Concert

    December 16, 2012 8:18 AM EST (Kevin Mazur, WireImage ) The Rolling Stones blew the roof off of New Jersey's Prudential Center last night, putting a cap on their brief 2012 run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. With a packed Prudential Cent ...

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  25. Bassist Marcus Miller Injured in Fatal Bus Crash

    November 25, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 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 ...

  26. Obama's iPod: From Jay-Z to John Coltrane

    October 29, 2012 9:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 President Barack Obama's iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool. Interviewed Monday on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied c ...

  27. Concord Music Group Opens Catalog to Rumblefish

    September 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Concord Music Group has made its catalog of pop, jazz, rock and soul music available to Rumblefish for use in online user-generated videos. Rumblefish offers recommendation tools for copyright-cleared music and, prior to the inclusion of the Conco ...

  28. Carlos Santana to Pen Memoir

    September 13, 2012 8:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Carlos Santana is ready for the ultimate riff: a memoir. The Grammy-winning superstar has an agreement with Little, Brown and Co. to tell his life story. The publisher, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Thursday that the book is scheduled ...

  29. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spotify App

    September 13, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Blue Note Records, the renowned American Jazz record label that since 1939 has developed and released the work of some of the genre's most important icons - including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancoc ...

  30. Sony Music Entertainment Appoints Adam Block As President, Legacy Recordings

    June 26, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment named Adam Block as president, Legacy Recordings today, a promotion from his previous position as EVP and general manager of the imprint. He will report to Richard Story, president of Commercial Music Group, Sony Music Ent ...

  31. Backbeat: Miles Davis' Forever Stamp Launches in U.S., France

    June 18, 2012 11:35 AM EDT (L-R): Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of Miles Davis; Cheryl Davis, daughter of Miles Davis and Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis. (Photo: Earl E. Gibson III) Miles Davis and French singer Edith Piaf were both honored with Forever stamps June 12, which d ...

  32. Watch Kimbra's Acoustic Tastemakers Session

    June 14, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Video: Kimbra performs "Settle Down" "It's cathartic," New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra tells Billboard.com of the U.S. release of her debut record, "Vows." "I have lived with these songs since I was 16, a ...

  33. Spotify to Unveil 12 New Apps Thursday, Including Def Jam, Warner, Matador, Domino

    March 21, 2012 9:32 PM EDT Spotify will unveil a new slate of apps for its desktop client Thursday, adding to the first round of 15 apps that debuted Nov. 30 . Half of the 12 new apps -- maybe more -- are from record labels: Def Jam, Domino, Matador, [PIAS], the Warner Soun ...

  34. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  35. Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell

    March 13, 2012 4:00 PM EDT "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunday, March 11. After just a single screening on Saturday night, Jay Bulger's "Beware ...

  36. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  37. Santana Releasing 36th Album, 'Shape Shifter,' Others While in Vegas

    February 28, 2012 10:10 PM EST 0 0 0 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' ...

  38. Grammys 2012 Backstage: Adele 'Busy Being Happy,' Bon Iver Busy Chewing His Grammy

    February 13, 2012 12:05 PM EST Best New Artist Grammy winner Justin Vernon of Bon Iver biting the hand that...rather his trophy (Getty Images) On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the ...

  39. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST 0 0 0 On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery f ...

  40. Backbeat: Berklee Global Jazz Institute Students Teach, Jam With Underprivileged Youth @ Panama Jazz Fest

    January 23, 2012 11:24 AM EST Students from Berklee College of Music's Global Jazz Institute met some of Panama's youngest musicians on a visit to the Fundación Danilo Perez in Panama City's impoverished El Chorillo neighborhood. "Dream about your career bu ...

  41. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Hono ...

  42. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Sam Rivers, Jazz Great, Dies at 88

    December 28, 2011 6:10 AM EST Jazz great Sam Rivers died on Monday, the saxophonist's family announced. He was 88. According to the New York Times , pneumonia was the cause of death. Rivers' multi-decade career included stints with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and ...

  45. Jazz Saxophonist Sam Rivers Dies at 88

    December 27, 2011 9:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Jazz great Sam Rivers died on Monday, the saxophonist's family announced. He was 88. According to the New York Times , pneumonia was the cause of death. Rivers' multi-decade career included stints with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and M ...

  46. Pete Rugolo, Emmy-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

    October 18, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Pete Rugolo, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with greats such as Miles Davis and Benny Goodman, has died. He was 95. A family spokeswoman says Rugolo died Sunday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Rugolo was chie ...

  47. Pete Rugolo, Emmy-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

    October 18, 2011 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pete Rugolo, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with greats such as Miles Davis and Benny Goodman, has died. He was 95. A family spokeswoman says Rugolo died Sunday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Rugolo was chief ...

  48. Freshman Haze: Allen Stone

    October 03, 2011 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Buzz is forming around rising soul singer Allen Stone . He's drawn the inevitable comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake . With his unconventional look -- long, curly hairy and glasses -- and smooth falsetto, he reminds us more of a ...

  49. Google Music Beta's Instant Mix Fails 'WTF Test'

    May 16, 2011 4:01 PM EDT The launch of Google's music beta service last week introduced us to yet another playlist-building app called Instant Mix. Simply pick a song in your library, and Instant Mix will build a playlist based on similar songs also in your library. ...

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