| Oct 31, 2011
| 9:39 AM
Electronics and plugged-in textures play central roles in Samdhi, a project alto-saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa began working on in 2007 with the help of a Guggenheim Fellowship. But when it comes to using electronics effectively in a live...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 11:16 AM
David Liebman Quartet, July 19, Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Middletown.
Every time David Liebman takes the stage, one imagines the disembodied spirits of John Coltrane and Miles Davis nodding in approval. Ever since the 66-year-old...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Tenor saxophonist and bandleader Ernie Watts has long been identified as a Los Angeles artist, but his local appearances are a precious commodity. He spends much of the year traveling the world as a visiting soloist or relaxing at home in Cambria, so when...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 1:38 PM
Quiara Alegria Hudes had no plans to write a trilogy after she completed her play, "Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue," which went on the be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.
Hudes went on to other projects, including the Broadway musical "In the...
| Oct 9, 2008
JOHN ADAMS is the voice of America. His instrumental music, and particularly that for the orchestra, conveys the American experience broadly. He is generous in his interests, which include the maverick Yankee-isms of Charles Ives, the populist strains...
| Dec 12, 2008
| 3:42 PM
| Sep 21, 2006
Oohlas turn up the hot factor
The infectious quality of the Oohlas' feels-like-worn-denim power pop is not lost on lead singer Ollie Stone. When she first started collaborating with brothers Greg and Mark Eklund, "I felt we had something genuine,...
| Mar 13, 2009
Hal Gaba, a veteran entertainment industry executive who was chairman and co-owner of Concord Music Group, one of the world's largest independent record companies, has died. He was 63.
Gaba, who also was co-chairman of Village Roadshow Entertainment...
| Dec 30, 2008
Freddie Hubbard, widely regarded as the most gifted jazz trumpeter of the post-bebop '60s and '70s, died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 70.
The cause of death was attributed to complications from a heart attack he suffered Nov....
| Jul 29, 2009
George Russell, a composer, educator and theorist who had a powerful effect on the jazz forms and methods that have evolved from the 1950s to the present, has died. He was 86.
A MacArthur Foundation Award winner, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz...
| Aug 17, 2009
Rashied Ali, a free-jazz drummer who backed John Coltrane and accompanied him in a ground-breaking duet album in the final months of the jazz master's life, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 76.
His wife, Patricia Ali, said he died at Manhattan's...