Singer and pianist Diana Krall was a few months short of her 5th birthday when, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Forty years later, a number of events are planned to commemorate that auspicious day, [...]Read more >>
Singer Karrin Allyson was signed to Concord Jazz by that label’s founder, Carl Jefferson, in 1993. From that year’s I Didn’t Know About You to last year’s Imagina: Songs of Brasil, she released 11 albums on the Concord Jazz imprint over the next 15 years. To celebrate Allyson’s fruitful and [...]Read more >>
Grupo Fantasma, the 11-piece Latin funk outfit from Austin, Texas, known for their scintillating live shows, recently announced a heavy docket of concert appearances that’ll have the band on the road through the end of July. In recent years, Fantasma has gained some high-level notoriety by backing Prince on several [...]Read more >>
Paradoxically, I was bitten by the Michael Jackson bug at a time when I was seriously getting into jazz. And while my record collection at the time was a strange assortment of eclectic jazz and progressive rock, I couldn’t stop listening to youngest member of the the Jackson 5′s first [...]Read more >>
Steve Wilson, who’s well known as an especially skilled and sensitive jazz saxophonist, is scheduled to make his orchestral debut at the Vermont Mozart Festival on July 25. Accompanied by the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Gil Shohat, Wilson will perform Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone [...]Read more >>
Just over three decades ago, Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of 10 pop standards that still stands as the country troubadour’s most successful release to date. (Columbia/Legacy released a 30th-anniversary edition of the album last year that includes a second disc of 16 additional gems from the Great American [...]Read more >>
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