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2 hrs ago | Washington Times

Review: Mendes spreads joy of Brazil's music

Sergio Mendes continues his mission of spreading the joy of Brazilian music to a global audience on new album "Magic." That mission began nearly 50 years ago when he helped merge bossa nova with jazz and enjoyed commercial success with Brasil '66's bossa nova-flavored arrangements of pop tunes.


Related Topix: South America, World News, Brazil, The Black Eyed Peas, Stacy Ferguson, Black Entertainment, Hip-Hop

6 hrs ago |

Steve Wilson performs Saturday night at Monterey Jazz Festival

One glance at the titles Steve Wilson recorded with Lewis Nash for their new "Duologue" album tells you everything you need to know about the saxophonist's understanding and appreciation of jazz history and culture. In addition to three Wilson originals , the disc finds duo applying its distinct, sax-drum sound to Monk, Dizzy and Duke.


Related Topix: New York

10 hrs ago |

Star-studded Jazz Roots series tickets now on sale

Ten-time Grammy Award-winning "Take 6," will be among those paying homage to Ray Charles, a celebration that kicks off the stellar Jazz Roots series for 2014-15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Ten-time Grammy Award-winning "Take 6," will be among those paying homage to Ray Charles, a celebration that kicks off the stellar Jazz Roots series for 2014-15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.


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Mon Sep 15, 2014

KLIQ-FM Hastings

Cher and Lady Gaga Have a "Bang Bang" Lovefest on Twitter

A while back, Cher and Lady Gaga recorded a duet, but it was never released. Still, the two artists seem to have a mutual admiration society going, with Cher gushing over the fact that Gaga has recorded a version of "Bang Bang," a 1960s hit for her and her former husband Sonny Bono.


Related Topix: Celebrities, Dance, Cher, Pop/Rock, Tony Bennett

Contra Costa Times

Legendary Charles Lloyd: Monterey Jazz Festival's special star of 2014

When I first get on the phone with saxophonist Charles Lloyd, I read a short quotation to him, a gemlike statement he had made in another interview: "This is a music of freedom and wonder. Boundaries were being dissolved, and we could do or try anything."


Related Topix: Charles Lloyd, Billie Holiday, Black Entertainment, Lester Young, Malibu, CA, Big Sur, CA

Diane Nalini and Adrian Cho sweetly jazz up Shakespeare

Adrian Cho and Diane Nalini have an upcoming concert project, Such Sweet Fire which is a collection of 15 songs songs and sonnets by William Shakespeare, 13 of which come from his plays, which Nalini and Cho have set to jazz, blues, bossa, funk, gospel and folk music. Assignment #118252 // Photo taken at 19:21 on September 8, 2014.


Related Topix: Duke Ellington, Arts, Poetry

The Winnipeg Free Press

Corea's adventures continue with new project

PIANIST and keyboardist Chick Corea likes adventure, but that's no surprise for those who have experienced his music over his five-decade career. His musical life has included playing with the great Miles Davis as the trumpeter caused a shift in jazz with his electric bands.


Related Topix: Chick Corea, Black Entertainment, Miles Davis, Opinion

KURB-FM Little Rock

Tony Bennett Joins Lady Gaga Onstage in Israel

Lady Gaga offered her Israeli fans a taste of her duets album with Tony Bennett on Saturday night, when she performed at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv. Tony joined her on stage for a live rendition of "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," one of the tracks from their upcoming album, Cheek to Cheek .


Related Topix: Israel, World News, Middle East, Tony Bennett

The Indian Express

Jazz pianist Joe Sample dies

Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not mentioned, the Hollywood Reporter said.


Related Topix: Joe Sample, The Crusaders

Sun Sep 14, 2014


'No Good Deed' Has a Good Box Office Weekend

There's a new movie sweeping the box office this weekend, and it's finally taking the number one spot away from Guardians of the Galaxy . With an opening weekend of $24.5 million, the movie about an unstable escaped convict terrorizing a woman who is alone with her two children is number one this week.


Related Topix: Dolphin Tale, Celebrities, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Movies, Entertainment

National Public Radio

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

Sergio Mendes, shown here in August 2014, grew up with classical music. But when he heard a jazz record for the first time, he fell in love with the improvisational possibilities.


Related Topix: Classical, All Things Considered


Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break. As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small.


Related Topix: Herb Alpert, All Things Considered

The Daily Beast

What if Jazz Giant John Coltrane Had ...By Ted Gioia

A newly released recording raises questions about what the iconic saxophonist might have achieved if he hadn't died at age 40. When John Coltrane succumbed to liver cancer in 1967, he was at the forefront of the jazz world. No saxophonist was more admired by his peers or beloved by his fans.


Related Topix: Black Entertainment, John Coltrane, Temple University

The Daily Beast

Erwin Blumenfeld: Fashion LegendBy Tim Teeman

He was one of the highest-paid fashion photographers of the 1950s, and he committed suicide by inducing a heart attack. Now his family wants to remind the world of Erwin Blumenfeld's brilliance.


Related Topix: Josephine Baker

FOX Carolina

Wofford beats North Greenville 42-27

Lorenzo Long ran for three touchdowns in the second half to help Wofford beat Division II North Greenville 42-27 Saturday night. Long had 138 yards on 15 carries for the Terriers .


Related Topix: Greenville, SC, The Crusaders


Sept. 12: Joe Sample

This July 2, 2006, file photo shows jazz pianist Joe Sample performing during the special event "Hommage to Nesuhi Ertegun" of the 40th Montreux Jazz Festival at the Stravinski hall in Montreux, Switzerland. Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75. His manager, Patrick Rains, said Sept.


Related Topix: Joe Sample, Montreux, The Jazz Crusaders

Sat Sep 13, 2014


Singer/actor Harry Connick, Jr. is recovering after surgery to repair a torn tendon in his arm.

The American Idol host was trying to lift a heavy snowball machine out of his car, when he accidentally injured his bicep tendon.


Related Topix: Dolphin Tale, Harry Connick Jr., Entertainment

Jerusalem Post

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett team up at Tel Aviv concert

The provocative pop star's show 'artRave: The ARTPOP Ball' included songs from her latest album, older favorites and a duet with Tony Bennett. International superstar Lady Gaga performed for more than 20,000 fans last night at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv.


Related Topix: Celebrities, Dance, Pop/Rock, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett


A Talent That Bridged Genres: Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies

Joe Sample, a composer and keyboard player who connected the world of jazz to many other musical traditions, has died at age 75. He died in his hometown of Houston. Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders; he also reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes.


Related Topix: Joe Sample, The Jazz Crusaders, Black Entertainment, Miles Davis, Blues, B.B. King

South Whidbey Record

Langley gets jazzed for DjangoFest Northwest

When Nick Lehr proposed the idea of a two-band, two-day DjangoFest to Stacie Burgua in 2000, she thought he might be crazy. Gypsy jazz was still far from a mainstream genre in the United States, and a two-day festival could be costly if ticket sales were low.


Related Topix: Langley, WA, Django Reinhardt, Entertainment