| Mar 2, 2012
| 7:04 PM
As I walk onstage, lights shine in my eyes, blacking out my view of the audience listening intently.
Billy Crystal recites words flashing across flat screens that are cleverly hidden behind the audience. Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Owen...
| Apr 23, 2012
Louis Armstrong International Airport has been under renovations for years, but now there's a push to hurry up and get them done. Vanessa Bolano has the update.
With thousands of passengers expected to fly in and out for the 2013 Super Bowl, it's no...
| Apr 26, 2012
| 5:36 PM
If given the choice, would you want butter or margarine? Sugar or artificial sweetener? Vinyl or digital music?
The answer to all, of course, is, yes. Give me the real thing. And for obvious reasons.
Butter doesn't have the trans fatty acids that...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 8:05 AM
This year's best boxed sets look deeply into jazz and blues history:
Bessie Smith: "The Complete Columbia Recordings" (Columbia/Legacy; $79.98). When Columbia/Legacy began reissuing Smith's recordings in boxed sets in the 1990s, the releases unfolded...
| 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...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 11:47 AM
Several of Chicago's most admired jazz musicians won't be spending Thanksgiving at home – they'll be converging in Poland, instead.
For the seventh year straight, the city of Poznan – a vibrant cultural hub – will present its Made in...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Only one clarinetist on earth could have come up with the album "Claroscuro," its stylistic breadth expressing the singular esthetic of soloist Anat Cohen.
That Cohen careens on this disc from original compositions to Brazilian fare, from historic...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:37 AM
I was in New York City last week.
On Tuesday, Election Day, CNN had big screens in Times Square, and I joined the folks watching the returns. We cheered a lot, especially when CNN turned cameras on us.
On Wednesday, a nor'easter struck NYC. I can't...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 7:42 PM
Frontier Airlines is expanding its services at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
Frontier will now offer a non-stop flight from MSY to Trenton, New Jersey.
Trenton will be the 39th destination available from the ten carriers that serve the...
| Sep 1, 2010
| 4:33 PM
For a few moments Wednesday at the U.S. Open it felt like 2009 for Melanie Oudin. She was fighting back from a first-set loss to a higher-seeded opponent, pumping her fists, squealing "Come on," and drawing the partisan crowd on......
| May 17, 2011
| 9:23 PM
By Steve Siegel Special to The Morning Call “JAZZ: The Smithsonian Anthology” Smithsonian Folkways Singer Mel Torme once commented that both jazz and love are easy to experience, yet are the hardest two things to describe. With jazz, the...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 4:37 PM
Rollins College houses a chorus of literary voices. There's Billy Collins, a former U.S. poet laureate who may just be one of the most visible versifiers in this country. There's the critic Terry Teachout, author of biographies on characters as ...