CHICAGO (AP) — The photo archive of Ebony Magazine that chronicles African American life is to go on the auction block in July if a Chicago bankruptcy court approves.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Sunday, April 7, the 97th day of 2019. There are 268 days left in the year.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is announcing plans to create four new statues of women in an effort to address the gender imbalance in public monuments.
NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet.
The six-wheeled vehicle that helped gather critical evidence that ancient Mars might have been hospitable to life was remarkably spry up until eight months ago, when it was finally doomed by a ferocious dust storm.
Audra McDonald heading back to Broadway to star in romance
NEW YORK (AP) — Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald is heading back to Broadway to be a waitress — but not in "Waitress."
McDonald, along with Michael Shannon, will star in a revival of the Terrence McNally romance "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune," starting in May.
The play is about the love affair between a cook and a waitress who meet in a New York restaurant. Al Pacino and Michele Pfeiffer starred in a movie version.
WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina native who became a legendary jazz drummer, composer and educator will perform for the first time in his hometown.
Bill Kaye will perform June 7 during The Jazz Revival Project at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The project is a new effort to recognize the jazz heritage of Wilson.
The 85-year-old Kaye also will talk about his life as a musician during a public discussion June 6 at 217 Brew Works.
‘The Recovering’ shatters addiction and recovery myths
"The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath" (Little, Brown and Co.), by Leslie Jamison
Today in History for April 7th
Today in History for April 7th
Dylan, Kesha change pronouns in songs to honor LGBTQ couples
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan, Kesha and St. Vincent have reimagined popular love songs to honor the LGBTQ community, and the singers are doing it by switching pronouns.
The six-song album, "Universal Love," was released digitally Thursday and includes Benjamin Gibbard of alternative band Death Cab for Cutie, singer-songwriter Valerie June and Kele Okereke of the indie rock group Bloc Party.
The Little Havana hotel of many faces is changing again
MIAMI (AP) — The Tower Hotel in Little Havana has lived many lives.
Built in 1920, it's been a YMCA, a World War II hospital, a haunt for jazz musicians Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker, the Tower Apartments and the Tower Hotel, and, most recently, the home of an immersive theater experience.
A childhood hobby matures into a world-class collection
NEW YORK — A Brazilian boy’s passion for collecting autographs, ignited almost 50 years ago, has blossomed into one of this year’s most unusual and enchanting exhibitions, “The Magic of Handwriting: The Pedro Corrêa do Lago Collection,” at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
There are close to 100 stations on my Pandora playlist, ranging from classical and folk to rock and hip hop. Despite the selection of artists and songs at my fingertips, I always seem to find myself choosing jazz. It’s comfort music, soothing my soul at the end of a long day, beckoning a liberal pour of red with a side of couch collapse and longneck candles.
Feel good music
La PORTE — Music holds a powerful sway over human emotions. In times of stress and sorrow, the right music can help cut through the heartache and put a smile on your lips, even when you thought it impossible.
Coming on Oct. 14, Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas intend to prove this when they bring their much lauded sound away from their mainstays in Chicago to perform at the La Porte County Historical Society Museum.
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Steven D. Munger, University of Florida
Review: Isley Bros & Santana are ‘Power of Peace’ advocates
The Isley Brothers & Santana, "Power of Peace" (Sony Legacy)
Ronald and Ernie Isley team up with Carlos Santana on the vigorous "Power of Peace," putting their stamp on mostly spiritually inclined songs from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Bacharach & David and Swamp Dogg.
Decatur students raise money for new museum exhibit
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — An exhibit on the Harlem Renaissance has opened at the African-American Cultural and Genealogical Society Museum of Illinois in Decatur.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A pair of exhibits opening at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown highlight the work of American artist Andrew Wyeth and photographer Herman Leonard.
"Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance" celebrates the 100th anniversary of Wyeth's birth in Pennsylvania. The exhibit includes items from his personal collection, including never-before-displayed sketches, paintings and artifacts. It also includes photographs of the artist taken by his granddaughter, Victoria Wyeth.
Today in History for April 7th
Capital City Theatre harnesses the power of song with ‘Lady Day’
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in 1959, just months before her death, Billie Holiday performed at a dive bar in North Philadelphia. Only seven people attended.
Haunted by the story of Lady Day singing to such a small audience, as told to him by a former lover, playwright Lanie Robertson decided to write a play about the late jazz legend.
Spokane jazz singer Julia Keefe ready to showcase her skills at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
Julia Keefe caught the jazz bug grooving on Billie Holiday – as a toddler.
I know. Weird, huh?
But Keefe, now a seasoned professional jazz singer, swears it’s true.
Her mom, she explained, put on that first Billie CD and the music, for reasons unknown, burrowed deep into her young brain and took root.
“One of my earliest memories was learning the song ‘No More,’ ” said Keefe, 27, who can’t help but laugh at the oddball nature of her story.
Denver’s Harlem of the West legacy endures amid change
DENVER (AP) — The neighborhood was once called "The Harlem of the West." It's a place where Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis performed to packed rooms not far from the snowcapped Rocky Mountains. For years, the area served as a haven for black residents who couldn't find housing elsewhere in the American West.
Charlotte Church, Rebecca Ferguson decline Trump invite
NEW YORK (AP) — British singers Charlotte Church and Rebecca Ferguson have declined to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.
Church wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Trump's "staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple internet search would show I think you're a tyrant. Bye."
A spokeswoman for the transition did not to respond to a request for comment.
Rumer Willis to debut new music during cabaret concert tour
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rumer Willis plans to get personal with audiences during her upcoming "Over the Love Tour."
The 28-year-old "Dancing with the Stars" champ will cover some of her favorite female artists, including Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Amy Winehouse, while sharing her own experiences throughout the cabaret-style show.
Part of beach motel where black acts once stayed torn down
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A section of a South Carolina motel frequented by black entertainers during the days of segregation has been demolished although there are plans to create a museum in some of the remaining rooms on the Myrtle Beach property.
City spokesman Mark Kruea tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (http://bit.ly/2cSVWBL ) that the south side of the Fitzgerald Motel was demolished last week.
Obama’s summer playlist: A little pop to a little hip hop
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama's summer jams range from a little pop to a little hip hop, and much in between.
The White House released the president's playlist Thursday during Obama's family vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
Classics include the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" and Prince's "U Got the Look." When he gets into the mood for more recent releases, he's listening to "Acid Rain" by Chance the Rapper and "Forever Begins" by Common.
More music on horizon for Newport jazz and folk fests group
Music lovers have flocked to Newport during Rhode Island summers since the 1950s to enjoy open-air performances by some of the music world's biggest names. Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Led Zeppelin thrilled audiences at the jazz fest, while Bob Dylan went electric at the folk festival.
These days, the festivals are resurgent. The folk fest, which runs for three days starting Friday, sold out long before the announcement of the acts, which include Patti Smith, Alabama...