When pianist Roger Davidson wraps his fingers around Cole Porter's "I Love You," it's a sterling moment in time. Davidson has a knack for the romantic. His cover of Joseph Kosma's 1945 "Autumn Leaves" ends 'Live At Caffe Vivaldi Volume #3' (Soundbrush) on a similar misty-eyed note but it's his 14 originals that reek of inventive samba stylings that carry this project.
Are you tired of New York’s cold winter weather? Well, have no fear because things are about to get hot. “Too Darn Hot,” in fact. NYU Steinhardt’s program in Vocal Performance is bringing Cole Porter's mega hit Broadway musical, Kiss Me Kate' to Frederick Loewe Theatre. The beloved musical was a “spanking” success winning the very first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949. 'Kiss Me Kate' is based off and revolves around William Shakespeare’s 'The Taming of the Shrew', with the story taking place during a production of the classic play.
'Life Goes On' (150 Music) has vocalist Stevie Holland co-writing and interpreting a wide variety of material with a natural-born organic style that importantly stays in service to the song. Plus, she has the ability to dust off the cobwebs of time.
The shift in American popular music and culture is hard to pinpoint exactly, even though writer Ben Yagoda has a compelling argument that talks about just that. His new book, "The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song," talks about the paradigmatic shift from artistic expression and freedom to a lesser-grade form that continues to this day.
With a highly anticipated upcoming release from the new pair, Mr. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have released the album artwork and tracklist for their album Cheek to Cheek, set to release September 23.
"They say that it takes 10 years to get your New Orleans passport," laughs jazz singer and guitarist Carsie Blanton. "Until then, you're just a visitor."