Shepherd's Bush Empire, LondonMarc Almond marked his 50th birthday here and, five years on, he's back to commemorate his continuing longevity with a night of nostalgia, drama – and celebratory self-indulgence.More than most, the former Soft Cell...
Reggae star joins Barack Obama and Elvis Presley in the elite club of those who have species named in their honourReggae immortal Bob Marley has joined Barack Obama and Elvis Presley in the elite club of those who have biological species named in...
Nat Pierce, Joe Gordon, and Charlie Mariano started their careers in Boston. Ita€(TM)s where Nat Hentoff worked as a deejay, George Wein planned the Newport Jazz Festival, and Lawrence Berk started the Berklee School of Music.
By his early 30s, Gil Scott-Heron—who died at age 62 in May of 2011—had written two novels and a book of poetry and released 13 albums of straight-talking, stylistically eclectic, politically charged music. His albums, which mixed spoken-word, jazz, blues, soul and funk, provided stark, direct commentary on a wide range of social issues, including the policies of Nixon and Reagan, alcoholism, drug addiction, the dangers of nuclear meltdown, the injustice of the prison system, the plight of the next generation, the difficulties faced by immigrants and the inhumanity of apartheid
What's the attraction?For many people, world music is only as old as Paul Simon's 1986 album, Graceland, but it has always been out there. "World music" is a hotly disputed term, of course, but at its best it's music rooted deeply in ethnic or local culture. Far from being a niche sub-genre for sandal-and-sock wearers, it encompasses all manner of rocking, rolling fusions. While it's relatively easy to travel independently to some countries and to major music festivals around the globe, joining a guided tour means you can go to small provincial festivals, forget the logistics and focus on the music. And, if you can't time your trip to coincide with a festival, you can always hop down to Lisbon for a fado-themed weekend, to Santiago in Cuba to get an insight on the son-music scene beyond Buena Vista ,or InterRail your way around the Gypsy music scenes in the Balkans.
Return to Forever is a legendary group among jazz fusion fans. The group was begun in the early 1970’s by keyboardist Chick Corea and a shifting cast of musicians. They were a staple of the jazz fusion scene throughout the 1970’s remaining a popular group until they became dormant in the late 1970’s. This is a collection of music from their second reunion tour, the music and video for this two CD/one DVD set recorded during the 2011 tour.
Touring behind their 2012 album, Arrow, the Heartless Bastards joined us for one of our beach sessions. Watch the Ohio rockers play two of their new songs—"Got To Have Rock and Roll" and "Skin and Bone" during their time Hangout.
Bluegrass musicians often stretch the boundaries of the genre, using their chosen instruments to mix their traditional backgrounds with new and different styles of music. Sometimes this results in an interesting concert, a unique collaboration, or simply some fun jams. Other times, it produces an excellent album in which the bluegrass musician and his instrument sound right at home in any of a variety of genres. With his new album, Traveler, released today, Jerry Douglas has accomplished the latter.
Barbican/Village Underground, LondonIt's rare to review concerts by the same artist twice in a week, but Rokia Traoré deserves to be an exception: her three recent shows at separate London venues were all completely different.The second of the...
Lovable British anarcho-rockers Chumbawamba are breaking up after 30 years as a band the group has announced in a post on their website titled "The End" Best known for their 1997 barroom anthem "Tubthumping" Chumbawamba formed in Burnley England...
Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers built a home using Spanish moss and mud. Old-timers called this Acadian building method “bousillage,” a country cousin to wattle and daub. And his wife, Ashlee Michot, said, “Everyone used to know how to do it.”
Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope. This profile was inspired by an exceptional article here on All About Jazz by Derek Taylor called “St. Elmo’s Fire” where he focuses and expands on Elmo Hope’s music and recordings. St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was born in New York on June 27, 1923, began piano studies by age seven and went on to win prizes for his piano recitals. He was a childhood friend of Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk and they would play piano for each other. His piano style was later overshadowed by the growing popularity of both Powell and Monk, and though he was in there since the beginning of the bebop movement, he was compared to and judged against the other two. His cabaret license was pulled for a previous drug conviction and this severely limited where he could work if at all. This would start a cycle of disillusionment and frustration that would hound him all his life.
Founding Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce currently is out on the road with his new jazz-fusion supergroup, Spectrum Road , which also features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid , Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and avant-jazz keyboardist...
Bluesman doesn’t need to lament the road not taken. In time, he’ll get to it. With his Toyota Camry jammed with amplifiers, two or three guitars, about 30 harmonicas and, occasionally, even fly-fishing gear, 63-year-old Bonneville criss-crosses the continent on a seemingly endless tour. Playing about 160 shows a year – often solo one-night stands – he even manages to work in regular forays into Europe.
On his itinerary this trip: the InsideOut Gallery in Traverse City. July 19th.
It’s the world’s most famous studio and everyone from Pink Floyd to Ella Fitzgerald — and, of course, the Beatles — has made music there. Jon Savage looks back over 80 years of Abbey Road and its unique musical heritage. Abbey Road would be unthinkable today. Just imagine building a custom-made facility with three separate studios on a prime slice of north central London real estate - no chance. It's indelibly associated with the Beatles, but Abbey Road is also a unique time capsule from a different musical era.
The studio was set up in 1931, the same year that EMI - Electric and Musical Industries - was formed in a merger that brought together three labels: His Master's Voice, Columbia and Parlophone. Each had its own studio in the large converted nine-bedroom Georgian town house.
Along with the pressing plant in Hayes in Middlesex, Abbey Road Studios closed the circle. EMI could develop artists, record them and then press their records. This was a powerful, integrated company that - along with its rival, Decca - dominated British music for at least 40 years.
Certainly, the list of talent that passed through the three studios is extraordinary. In the 1930s and 1940s, classical music took precedence, with Arthur Rubinstein and Beniamino Gigli. On the jazz side, Fats Waller visited, as did Paul Robeson and Glenn Miller.
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