| Oct 26, 2012
With a bounce in his step, Melton Mustafa strode onto the stage of Miami's Joseph Caleb Auditorium. The audience at September's Sunshine Jazz Organization's 25th anniversary gala cheered warmly, as the Liberty City-raised trumpeter and bandleader took his...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 6:55 AM
YouTube pretty much cracked open the world of rare music footage. Shortly after it was the video-sharing site launched in 2005, concert clips and hard-to-find TV appearances and ultra-obscure rehearsal films — the kind of stuff people used to...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:44 PM
If you love a gratis groove, you may want to hit Motown for Labor Day. Though the Detroit Jazz Festival has concerts year-round, the main event happens over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
Now in its 33rd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Singer Kurt Elling sounded as if he had awoken from a long, deep slumber Sunday evening at City Winery Chicago.
The general torpor of his recordings of recent years, the blandness and anemia of past performances were cast aside for something far more...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 1:19 PM
The centennial of the inimitable jazz composer Billy Strayhorn doesn't come around until 2015, but, in a way, the festivities will begin this weekend in the Chicago area.
A three-day Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival organized by the Music Institute of...
| Apr 22, 2012
As one of the last living participants in Hartford's exuberant Golden Age of Jazz after World War II — an era when future giants Horace Silver and Gigi Gryce graced the swinging club scene in the North End — pianist Emery Austin Smith is...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 10:59 PM
More than 150 students in four choral groups will present Aberdeen Central's Holiday Vocal Concert Tuesday night.Dec. 4
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomas F. Kelly Theatre. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students K-12.
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process.
Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 1:33 PM
When thinking about Dave Brubeck, you can't help but also consider time, and not just how much of it fans received from the prolific jazz pianist up to his death Wednesday at age 91.
A titan of West Coast jazz, Brubeck was linked with California for...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 10:47 AM
The jazz artist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at 91, according to his manager, Russell Gloyd. He died of cardiac arrest one day short of his 92nd birthday in Norwalk, Conn.
The pianist and arranger, born in Concord, Calif., was one of jazz's first pop...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
| Oct 1, 2012
Since the mid-1920s, Ann Hawkins has summered on an idyllic oasis in northwestern Michigan called Idlewild, once known by some as the Martha's Vineyard of the Midwest, but for well-to-do black folk.
She grew up riding horses there, swimming in the...