He rocked the Oliver Awards, had a starring role in BBC Radio 2's Fabulous Films of the Fifties show and began laying the building blocks for his latest set of shows - Songs on Film. Looking back before his big break however, the performer thinks a love of film probably entered his life before music made its mark.
Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve trombone... Read more. I grew up with jazz music: Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Charlie Parker.
In an age of rising populism, fear and xenophobia, what better time to read a rich enlightening book on love, multiculturalism, inspiration and beauty chronicling the life and work of a man who transcends borders and generations. I believe you can say to the founders of this great nation.
Politics aside, the protest march spurred by the inauguration of Donald Trump that surged through the Crescent City streets Saturday afternoon was a spectacular demonstration. The procession, which dominated blocks, was actually at least three protests rolled into one.
You may well be able to hear multiple pins drop when guitarist Larry Koonse and bassist Darek Oles perform Friday at the Handlery Hotel's 950 Lounge in Mission Valley. Both are masters of nuance who favor understatement and grace over pomp and flash.
In the waning hours of Jan. 20, as Donald Trump and his wife Melania danced on a rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way at the Freedom Ball, a different kind of celebration was taking place just a few miles away. In Potomac, Md., the members of Gays for Trump hosted their Inaugural Deploraball.
The former 'Daily Show' correspondent on her star turn in the Sundance hit 'The Incredible Jessica James,' learning to find her voice, and why diversity matters now more than ever. When Jessica Williams and I meet up in Park City, where her breakout new film The Incredible Jessica James will close the Sundance Film Festival , we give each other that look.
Somebody booked Lorber's flight under a misspelling of his surname. As I prepared to ask my first question about the Jeff Lorber Fusion, while he was at the Dakota Jazz Club in November, he said with a smile, "Lobber.