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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan New Album and Tour >>

For Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour to live up to its name, it needs a constant supply of new dates and it got those. Dylan's Reps announced a new series of US dates beginning in June in support of his new album Fallen Angel. The album is the follow up to last years album of Frank Sinatra covers Shadows in the Night. The 74 year old Dylan will finish up his tour commitments in Japan in April and reappear back on the road in June in the state of Washington.

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro ‘Live in Japan’ Released on HitchhikeRecords/eOne >>

February 26, ukulele virtuoso and Hawaii-native, Jake Shimabukuro released his new live "best of" collection Live in Japan, his second release on Hitchhike Records/eOne. The two-CD collection features some of Shimabukuro's favorite songs from his 15-year career including a 10-minute classic reworking of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which currently has over 14 million views on YouTube.

Skylark 'Crossing Over' Album Art

Sono Luminus Announces Skylark Vocal Ensemble New Album Release >>

Sono Luminus announces the March 25, worldwide release of 'Crossing Over' featuring the lustrous voices of the Skylark ensemble, led by Artistic Director Matthew Guard. The album explores the dream state at the end of life, and takes the listener on a musical and emotional journey, featuring music that illuminates the mystery of the end of mortal life and the possibilities of a life beyond.

Glenn Kotche

Glenn Kotche & Sō Percussion 'Drumkit Quartets' Streaming on SoundCloud >>

Cantaloupe Music is excited to share a full stream of Drumkit Quartets, a series of compositions for percussion by Glenn Kotche (Wilco, Illimaq) and performed by Sō Percussion. Released February 26, the stream premiered via Red Bull Music who called the album, "captivating and unpredictable, unexpectedly shifting from serene, pretty moments to clanging chaos and then back again, creating an enjoyable place to find yourself lost."

John Carpenter

John Carpenter Releases "Distant Dreams" Off New 'Lost Themes' Album >>

After more than 40-years of directing movies, John Carpenter surprised fans and critics alike when he released his first ever album of non-soundtrack material, 'Lost Themes', back in 2014. Now, in addition to the announcing the release of his second album, 'Lost Themes II' - out April 15 -- along with his first ever tour, the 68-year-old cult movie legend is sharing the first rack from the new record, "Distant Dreams" to drum up interest.

Jon Crowley’s Fourth Album Cover

Jon Crowley New Jazz Album Inspired by Northwest Alt-Rock >>

Jazz trumpeter and composer Jon Crowley's new album, I Walk Amongst the Humans, with his current working band -- John Beaty (alto sax), Noah Berman (electric guitar), Max Maples (drums), Ben Thomas (bass), Brad Whiteley (piano) -- is set for release on Destiny Records March 11. His fourth album draws the inspirations for its unique sound from the Northwest alternative rock scene of the early 2000s.

Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony to Release 'Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra' in March >>

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release a new album, Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra, featuring Bay Area composer Mason Bates's three largest electro-acoustic orchestral works on the Orchestra's SFS Media label on Friday, March 11, 2016. The first full album of Bates's orchestral works features the first recordings of the SFS-commissioned "The B-Sides" and "Liquid Interface," in addition to "Alternative Energy."

Peabo Bryson

Darby Williams First 'ME' Single Gets Lyric Video Treatment >>

Just in time to make this Valentine's Day all the more special, jazz vocalist Darby Williams has released a new lyric video for the first single of her new album, 'ME.' Written by legendary Duke Ellington collaborator Bully Strahan, "No One Knows", which features R&B icon Peabo Bryson, seems set to launch Williams recording career with Roc Cartel's label, despite the song's relative obscurity.

Alan Cumming in the 1998 Broadway revival of 'Cabaret'

Alan Cumming's New Album ‘ Sings Sappy Songs’ Released Now Before Carnegie Concert >>

Alan Cumming’s (Cabaret) all new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, is out now. On the new record Cumming covers a variety of songs from artist like Billy Joel, Miley Cyrus, Rufus Wainwright as well classic musicals like Stephen Sondheim's Company and Kander and Ebb's You, You, You. Following today’s release, Cumming will perform live at Carnegie Hall this coming Monday, Feb 08) with special guest Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked), Darren Criss (Hedwig & The Angry Inch) and more. Alan Cumming will also be singing his sappy songs on the road with various performance date throughout Canada and the U.S.

Billy Crystal to Host Jazz at Lincoln Center's Latest 'Love, Loss & Laughter: The Story of Jazz', Which Will Be Streamed via JALC Live for Free

Wynton Marsalis Releases New Album with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra >>

Today makes the start of Wynton Marsalis' 2016 Blue Engine International Tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra -- its longest in almost 15-years. For their fans not on the tour schedule, however, Blue Engine Records release of The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and Special Guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III this spring. Marsalis's first original recorded composition in 6-years the double album with bonus documentary DVD, out March 18, celebrates a unique collaboration between jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals that should hit the spot.

John Carpenter

John Capernter Announces 'Lost Themes II' US Tour Dates? >>

After more than 40-years of directing movies, John Carpenter surprised fans and critics alike when he released his first ever album of non-soundtrack material, Lost Themes, back in 2014. Now for another first -- the Hollywood icon is announcing his first ever world tour behind the release of his second record, Lost Themes II. While Carpenter brought both his son, Cody Carpenter, and his godson, Daniel Davies, back for the sequel, this time around the boys were able to come together all at once in the studio, instead of exchanging bit and pieces of songs over the Internet for years.

Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook's 'One World' CD is a Nice Musical Journey to Behold >>

It's not often that instrumental guitarists can hold my attention, but Jesse Cook is no ordinary guitarist and his newest CD, One World, is no ordinary CD. His music has been described as nuevo flamenco, but listening to the CD, one finds he is not apt to stay in that box for more than a couple measures, much less an entire song. Nevertheless, Cook's flamenco roots are still very much visible. It seems it is his home, and the launching pad with which he begins each journey (song) anew.

Brantley Gilbert, Willie Nelson, and Jana Kramer

PBS to Air Willie Nelson Award Concert this Weekend >>

Willie Nelson's name might not come to mind when you think about the Gershwin Brothers but that will soon change upon the release of his new album. Country music's original outlaw was awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last November, and to honor the occasion Nelson is releasing, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin -- proving that he too has long admired Ira and George Gershwin's contribution to modern music. PBS will be broadcasting the Library of Congress ceremony from last year which included performances by everyone to Edie Brickell to Neil Young, this Friday night at 9 p.m.

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro New Live in Japan Album Contains "Bohemian Rhapsody" Cover? >>

It looks like 39-year-old Hawaiian born Jake Shimabukuro is set to make 2016 his year. According to the latest gossip news updates, the ukulele virtuoso has just released his first App, followed by a new live album to be released next month. Shimabukuro's Live in Japan, is due for release late February and will include his super-popular covers of "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Dragon" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as well as some of his own original songs -- all culled from the best of his 2015 tour of the country.

Vanity Fair 2007 Tribeca Film Festival Party

David Bowie Will Not Die: Broadway ‘Lazarus’ & New Album ‘Black Star’ Released as Farewell to Fans >>

By now you have heard the news and sadly it is true. David Bowie has passed after more than a year of fighting cancer. The legendary musician and actor was a household name thanks to songs like “Space Oddity,” and “Ziggy Stardust,” and films like 'The Labyrinth.' Bowie was so synonymous with change that even his eyes weren’t the same. Bowie may be have left us but with one last Lazarus act, left his fans with the release of his final album, Black Star. Bowie’s legacy will also live in the upcoming Broadway musical, 'Lazarus' starring 'Dexter' and 'Hedwig' star Michael C Hall.

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