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Al Basile

REVIEW: Al Basile, 'Mid Century Modern,' Sweetspot Records >>

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.

Matt Parker

REVIEW: Matt Parker Trio, 'Present Time,' BYNK Records >>

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.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong Museum Opens New Hot Five Exhibit Celebrating Jazz Greats During Black History Month >>

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.

AACM Celebrates and Reflects on 50 Years of Jazz Devotion and Servitude

AACM Celebrates and Reflects on 50 Years of Jazz Devotion and Servitude >>

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 Talks Jazz in the Mainstream, International Jazz Day and More

Thelonius Sphere Monk III Talks Jazz in the Mainstream, International Jazz Day and More >>

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.

Cheyenne Jackson

EXCLUSIVE: 'Eyes Wide Open' at Café Carlyle, Cheyenne Jackson Sets Sight Gags on Gaga, Gershwin and Gay Marriage >>

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.

Roy Haynes Celebrates 90th Birthday the Old-Fashioned Way with Shows March 13-15 at the Blue Note

Roy Haynes Celebrates 90th Birthday the Old-Fashioned Way with Shows March 13-15 at the Blue Note >>

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

Barry Manilow Collaborates with the Late Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Whitney Houston, Marilyn Monroe on 'My Dream Duets' >>

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.

Richard Nixon, Louie Armstrong

OMFG! Prez Dick Nixon Smuggled Pot for Satchmo >>

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.

Angelina Jordan Astar Wins 'Norway's Got Talent' with Sultry

Angelina Jordan Astar Wins 'Norway's Got Talent' with George Gershwin's Sultry "Summertime" >>

Eight-year-old Angelina Jordan Astar sang an expressive rendition of George Gershwin's "Summertime" on Friday night to win 'Norway's Got Talent.'

Off Broadway Listing: Terry Teachout's One-Man Show 'Satchmo at the Waldorf' Opening at Westside Theater

Off Broadway Listing: Terry Teachout's One-Man Show 'Satchmo at the Waldorf' Opening at Westside Theater >>

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.

Katherine Jenkins' Fantasy Dinner and Cognac Fave, Raymond Blanc, Does Not Reciprocate Very Special Night >>

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.

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