| Jun 28, 2008
illie Nelson's first name really is Willie. Not William. Just Willie. That's about the simplest fact about this complex American musical icon, which means it's a herculean task to put the singer/songwriter into context. Noted Texas author Joe Nick Patoski...
| Jul 11, 2008
Wynton Marsalis describes the big jazz band as "the American orchestra." It's an intriguing and, in many ways, definitive identification of the instrumental collective that has been a foundation ensemble of American jazz and popular music for more than 80...
| Sep 9, 2009
| 12:18 PM
President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton were just two of the speakers who took part in a memorial service Wednesday at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall to pay homage to late, legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.
The President concluded...
| Mar 1, 2009
Oh, if only I were head of the NEA! The mighty power I would wield, at the helm of a cultural institution whose annual budget is less than half of one-hundredth of 1 percent of the U.S. military's. (Alternate yardstick I noticed recently, in comparing pie...
| Apr 12, 2009
Some glimpses of the conductor from his friends and colleagues who were asked to share a key memory. The reminiscences were mostly written, at the invitation of The Times. Several were shared in interviews with music critic Mark Swed and staff writer Mike...