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The Essential Miles Davis Albums to Prepare You for Don Cheadle's Biopic

The Essential Miles Davis Albums to Prepare You for Don Cheadle's Biopic >>

With a new Miles Davis biopic in our midst, Don Cheadle's own Miles Ahead examines one part of Davis' illustrious and controversial career, which inspired a long-measure of genres from bebop to hip-hop.

EXCLUSIVE: Gity Razaz & Saad Haddad on ACO Undergound's 'Eastern Wind' Concert

EXCLUSIVE: Gity Razaz & Saad Haddad on ACO Undergound's 'Eastern Wind' Concert >>

This week, the American Composers Orchestra premieres its Middle Eastern and Indian inspired Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind program at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, led by music director George Manahan, on Friday, April 1.

REVIEW: José González & yMusic Make for an Incendiary Performance at Beacon Theatre

REVIEW: José González & yMusic, Incendiary Concert at Beacon Theatre >>

They say when Bob Dylan performed a version of his "North Country Blues" you could hear a pin drop-and that's evidenced in the recordings. Perhaps an incarnation of that very Dylan some 50 years down the line, José González's show at the Beacon Theatre last night proved that in this technological era, an audience can still listen to a man and his guitar and sit in awe of someone's delicate talent.

2016 Avery Fisher Grant Names Violinists, a Cellist and Pianist in WQXR Live Stream

2016 Avery Fisher Grant Names Violinists, a Cellist and Pianist in WQXR Live Stream >>

The name Avery Fisher continues on in the form of a career grant, which awarded its 2016 recepients this week with a $25,000 cash prize. Among the honorees named are three violinists, a cellist and a pianist.

Monty Python's John Cleese May File Lawsuit Against 'Fawlty Towers' Rip-Off

Monty Python's John Cleese May File Lawsuit Against 'Fawlty Towers' Rip-Off >>

John Cleese has lodged a few complaints regarding a "tribute" shows entitled The Faulty Towers Dining Experience by Imagination Workshop. A two-hour interactive show, Mr. Cleese aired his frustrations on Twitter, slamming the company for copyright infringement and stealing his core concept for monetary gain.

Watch POTUS Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Dance the Tango in Argentina

Watch POTUS Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Dance the Tango in Argentina >>

When in Rome--or perhaps Argentina. In a recent video, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were filmed dancing the tango at the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires.

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Decision to Change Offensive Language in State Song

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Decision to Change Offensive Language in State Song >>

In an effort to phase out potentially offensive Civil War-era language, Maryland lawmakers voted last Thursday to change references to "northern scum" in its official state song.

Ann Arbor District Library Allows Cardholders to Check Out Theremins, Keytars

Ann Arbor District Library Allows Cardholders to Check Out Theremins, Keytars >>

A new musical library has opened inside the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. An innovation for tech geeks abound, the newest section of the library features a section of musical devices that are available for rental with a proper library card.

Watch Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple Perform 'Left Handed Kisses' on Ellen

Watch Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple Perform 'Left Handed Kisses' on Ellen >>

Last month, Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple released a collaborative single entitled "Left Handed Kisses." Now, stopping by the Ellen Show, the duo performed their song for live TV with a backing band. In it, Bird plays a violin while Ms. Apple sings with a visible and believable rage.

Sofya Tsygankova, Wife of Vadym Kholodenko, Charged with Capital Murder

Sofya Tsygankova, Wife of Vadym Kholodenko, Charged with Capital Murder >>

Last week it was reported that 2013 Van Cliburn piano competition winner Vadym Kholodenko discovered the dead bodies of his two daughters inside the home of his estranged wife Sofya Tsygankova. Police have now charged Ms. Tsygankova with capital murder in an ongoing investigation in Texas.

Wolf Trap Opera to Stream Corigliano's 'Ghosts of Versailles' as Part of New Initiative

Wolf Trap Opera to Stream Corigliano's 'Ghosts of Versailles' as Part of New Initiative >>

The opera and classical world has embraced the new age. In continuing its presence on the Internet, the Wolf Trap Opera has taken to streaming old productions on its website. The production chosen for the debut is a summer staging of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles.

Watch Don Cheadle Talk High School Drama & 'Miles Ahead' on Jimmy Fallon

Watch Don Cheadle Talk High School Drama & 'Miles Ahead' on Jimmy Fallon >>

Tuesday on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon saw Don Cheadle in rare form--that is, as a high school drama nerd. The Golden Globe-winning actor stopped by the show to promote his upcoming film as Miles Davis in the biopic Miles Ahead and premiered a special clip from the movie.

Chris Botti and the New York Philharmonic Premiere Jazz at David Geffen Hall April 11

Chris Botti and the New York Philharmonic Premiere Jazz at David Geffen Hall April 11 >>

A treat for New York Philharmonic fans abound, Grammy-award winning trumpeter Chris Botti will stop by David Geffen Hall for a one-night only performance with the N.Y. Phil. With Andy Einhorn on the podium, the evening should be an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and all things classical.

REVIEW: Ethan Hawke & Robert Budreau's 'Born to Be Blue' Makes a Tragic Figure Cool Again

REVIEW: 'Born to Be Blue' Makes Tragic Chet Baker Cool Again >>

Given the measure of biopics coming out this year about late jazz legends, one would think that the time has come for the genre to make a comeback. Zoe Saldana channels Nina Simone, Don Cheadle the late trumpeter Miles Davis and, brokenheartedly, Ethan Hawke does the heroine-driven Chet Baker. A narrative that wants to bring you low--way low--the story fails, however, to do much to remedy its self-imposed blues.

Yuri Temirkanov Makes Another Sexist Comment About Fellow Female Conductors

Yuri Temirkanov Makes Another Sexist Comment >>

A leading maestro in the world of classical, Mr. Yuri Temirkanov has come under scrutiny after he was quoted as saying "I don't like women conductors" yet again (yes, this happened before). In today's progressive world, it might seem like these old-world attitudes are long gone. Perhaps he was misquoted, or taken out-of-context, but he did clarify, "We have different tastes. For example, I don't eat fish." Huh?

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