After being staged in Paris and London, the musical production Lady Day will make it New York debut when it opens on September 26 at Times Square’s Little Shubert Theatre. Lady Day—Billie Holiday, that is—will be played by Dee Dee Bridgewater (pictured above), who also starred in the leading role [...]Read more >>
Come June 15th and 16th, the Playboy Jazz Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary with its annual blow-out at the Hollywood Bowl. As usual, the Festival will feature an impressive lineup of talent, but perhaps the most significant mentionable about this year’s affair is the addition of comedian George Lopez [...]Read more >>
Singer and pianist Michael Feinstein (pictured above) and composer-conductor-pianist André Previn have collaborated on an album celebrating Previn’s repertoire form his lesser-known catalog of pop songs, including many that were written for film. Titled Change of Heart: The Songs of André Previn, the disc will be released on April 16 [...]Read more >>
Keiko Matsui, Photo credit: Jun Sato On April 30, the main event for the second annual International Jazz Day will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. The day will kick off with a special morning performance for high school students conducted by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others. The evening concert [...]Read more >>
Keyboardist John Medeski—he of the accomplished and massively popular trio Medeski Martin & Wood—is set to release his first solo piano album in early April. Titled A Different Time, the disc will be the first release on the newly re-launched OKeh imprint. The album is more introspective than fans of [...]Read more >>
A tour de force through blues & gospel jazz gems, luscious love songs, pulsating samba rhythms – and a stunning duet with 3-time GRAMMY nominee Gerald Clayton.“Flawless. Ryan’s tone, phrasing, and interpretive smarts are impeccable, and her range – sublime.”— JAZZTIMES“An astonishing contralto voice… Every lyric Ryan sings is delivered [...]Read more >>
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