Al Basile is that rare 'Mid-Century Modern' (Sweetspot Records) blues singer/songwriter who plays cornet. You'd have to go back to Louis Armstrong for another such rarity. With Duke Robillard producing and playing some guitar (on two tracks), these 13 originals reek of tradition yet strive for modernity. As a result, satisfaction ensues.
Leave it to Matt Parker to follow up his 2013 'Worlds Put Together' debut-which had his tenor sax augmented by bass, drums, piano, guitar and alto sax-with 'Present Time' (on his own BYNK Records), surrounded by only bass (Alan Hampton) and drums (Reggie Quinerly). It's a brave, bold move. No piano or guitar to fill in the chord changes? Parker also blows some soprano here as well as pounding a big gong.
In celebration of Black History Month, the Louis Armstrong House Museum are honoring Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five with an all new exhibit: Hotter Than That –- 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five. The Hot Five has been lauded as the most influential band in jazz history and their recordings stayed a favorite with Armstrong throughout his storied career.
Steeped in the rituals of ancient Africa and early traditions rooted in New Orleans music, Chicago jazz musicians are remembering the efforts of South Side musicians 50 years ago. Celebrating five decades, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) reflects on a rich history.
Thelonius Sphere Monk III has made a compelling argument for the entire genre of jazz. He feels that jazz can pedal it's way into the mainstream via the similar "bells and whistles" that make other forms of music inherently popular.
With Eyes Wide Open on the Upper East Side, Cheyenne Jackson gave a personal, but laughable rundown of his life the past few years. Pulling from familiar tunes as diverse as Lady Gaga, the Gershwin Bros., Satchmo and even a bit of Elton John and Joni Mitchell, indeed, his math was good: tragedy + time = cabaret gold.
The legendary jazz drumming heavyweight, Roy Haynes, will celebrate an honorable 90th birthday with a slew of shows at New York's most beloved downtown jazz venue The Blue Note from March 13-15.
Barry Manilow calls upon the dead to collaborate on his latest album My Dream Duets. Members of the underworld who sing alongside Manilow include Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Whitney Houston.
Roger Stone reveals how Richard Nixon smuggled three pounds of pot in to the country for jazz legend Louis Armstrong in his latest novel, Nixon's Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon published last month by Skyhouse Publishing.
Eight-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar sang an expressive rendition of George Gershwin's "Summertime" on Friday night to win 'Norway's Got Talent.'
Terry Teachout's Satchmo at the Waldorf will have its official Off Broadway premiere at the Westside Theater on March 4. But previews begin tomorrow--February 15.
Distance runner, cruise ship crooner and all-around diva Katharine Jenkins has joined the famous chef Raymond Blanc to launch Martell new cognac's series Very Special Nights. But while she ranks Blanc as part of her ideal all-time dinner party, she fares less well when it comes to his choices.