It's been a year of Blogarrhea and the words still pour out of me fast. Labels are getting hip: my mailbox has been stuffed to overflowing with music from around the world: Israel, Germany, Austria, Japan, Brazil, Canada, England and the U.S. That's a lot of listening and my vow to hear everything in its entirety has yet to be rescinded. Obviously, one cannot write about it all but here's the best of the rest.
It has been announced that Paul Simon will not have to pay lawyer and money manger Kenneth I. Starr, who victimized the singer in a $60 million Ponzi scheme. The singer dodged a $17,174.49 tab, plus interest and lawyer’s fees, after court papers indicated that charges were dropped against Simon. The whole thing started when Starr was arrested and indicted on 23 counts of fraud and money laundering in 2013 after signs that his dealings with celebrity clients may not have been legitimate. Starr was convicted and sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison but, just before the sentence was passed, he declared bankruptcy, making it impossible for him to pay back any of his clients. A trustee in charge of his finances uncovered some unpaid bill for services provided to Simon, giving his creditors a chance to recoup their stolen money. But Simon was one of the victims of Starr’s scheme, which included other A-list celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Martin Scorsese.
It seems out-of-character for Paul Simon to lose his temper.
In celebration of Hugh Masekela's 75th birthday, the South African icon will make an appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center joined by the famous Americana pioneer Paul Simon (April 4 only).
Warner Classics has signed the U.K.'s Aurora Orchestra to a three-album deal. This is the first announced signing for Warner under the new regime (since the acquisition of what was the EMI and Virgin Classics catalogs, and an artists and repertoire process that is now run by Alain Lanceron and Jean-Philippe Roland, both from the EMI ranks).