NEW YORK (AP) — Soundgarden and estates representing Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty are among those suing Universal Music Group for materials lost in a 2008 fire.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lifetime achievement award has been offered — and rescinded — for "American Pie" singer Don McLean.
The 73-year-old announced Monday that he's receiving the George...
Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with ‘The Apollo’
NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater.
Czech Roma singer Vera Bila dies at 64 of heart attack
PRAGUE (AP) — Czech singer Vera Bila, dubbed the Ella Fitzgerald of Gypsy music or the Queen of Romany, has died. She was 64.
The Romea.cz server that writes about Roma issues says she died...
Pharrell to launch music festival in Virginia Beach in April
NEW YORK (AP) — Pharrell is heading home to Virginia Beach to launch a new music and culture festival.
The Grammy-winning superstar announced Monday SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a multi-day event...
Locals recall the fun, frustration of old segregated beaches
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Reginald Robinson went to a talk about Hampton's Buckroe Beach in 2013 and he left hot - it had nothing to do with the summer heat.
Only whites were allowed on its sand for many of its 121-year history.
"What about Bay Shore?" someone asked. It was a beach that bordered Buckroe but was separated by a fence.
"Oh," the speaker said. "That was just a little place for the coloreds."
Some of Robinson's best childhood memories were on that "little place."
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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.
Regina Carter celebrates Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday
Acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter returns to our town Saturday, bringing her boundless energy and swinging style to the Perelman Theatre at the Kimmel Center.
Carter will perform her new record “Ella: Accentuate the Positive,” marking the 100th birthday of the musical legend and Carter’s biggest inspiration, Ella Fitzgerald. This album marks Carter’s 10th release.
2 Little Rock sites get federal civil rights grants
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two sites in Little Rock have been selected to receive federal civil rights grants totaling to about $1 million.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Dreamland Ballroom and the Little Rock School District were selected last week to receive an African American Civil Rights Grant for nearly $500,000 each.
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.
AP Was There: The 1st Grammy Awards
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Grammy Awards celebrate their 60th anniversary on Sunday in New York City. The Associated Press will be there, as it was when the awards were first held on May 4, 1959.
HOLLYWOOD — The newly formed Recording Academy has given its top award to an Italian, Domenico Modugno, for his "Volare."
The record was hailed the best of 1958 at the first annual Grammy awards Monday night. "Volare" was also named best song of the year.
Live music, dancing performed locally this fall and winter
HARLINGEN — The Harlingen Concert Association (HCA) will offer performances at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium this fall and winter, featuring a wide array of national and international talent.
HCA 2017-18 season tickets are on sale at the Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Boulevard in Harlingen, and online at www.HarlingenConcert.com.
Subscribers will enjoy live jazz, blues, Western Swing, vintage country music, gorgeous vocals, and dazzling choreography. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
Thelma Anderson, 89, jazz promoter and city worker
Thelma Anderson, the founder of the Council of Jazz Advocates, died on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. She was 89.
She was known as “The Queen of Philadelphia jazz.” She was born on April 20, 1928, in Suffolk, Va., and was the only child of the late Willie and Fannie Wilson. She was raised in Philadelphia.
Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month's American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the broadcast next month.
ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced the honor Wednesday. The award was given out for the first time since 2008 last year, when it was presented to Sting. Previous winners include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Jackson.
Revitalization project begins for Detroit neighborhood
Detroit — A long-awaited plan to revitalize Detroit's Fitzgerald neighborhood got going Tuesday with the groundbreaking of a neighborhood park to anchor a project that aims to renovate abandoned homes and beautify vacant lots.
The new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park and nearby "HomeBase" community center are part of a massive project that city officials said will rehabilitate more than 100 homes, demolish more than a dozen others and transform about 200 vacant lots into greenways and gardens.
Groundbreaking starts neighborhood revitalization project
DETROIT (AP) — Construction has started on a project to transform a northwest Detroit neighborhood.
A groundbreaking was held Tuesday at the new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park. The city says it's the first phase of the Fitzgerald Neighborhood Revitalization Project which will include rehabilitation of 115 homes, a greenway and landscaping of nearly 200 vacant lots.
Sheri Miller mixes her songs, Beatles tunes in concert
Sheri Miller will be singing her own songs and select titles from the Beatles songbook the Milford Center for the Arts.
The New York native has been touring for several years, after getting a boost from her well-received EP “Mantra.” The singer recently completed a new album in Los Angeles.
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.
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Summer meal programs a lifeline for many children
and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
and the cotton is high
Oh your daddy’s rich
and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby,
don’t you cry.
— Lyrics to “Summertime,” sung by Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald knew a lot about the haves and have-nots. She grew up poor and at 17 had been homeless and hungry for a year before she was “discovered” at The Apollo in Harlem in 1934.
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.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of music fans descended on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday to see some hometown favorites who've made their mark nationally.
Pianist, vocalist and New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. closed out the festival's largest venue while Aaron Neville's distinctive voice shut down the Blues Tent.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia town plans to unveil a mobile mural of its native daughter, singer Ella Fitzgerald.
News outlets report the 13-foot (3.96-meter)-tall, 12-foot (3.66-meter)-wide mural is scheduled to be installed Thursday in Newport News at Jefferson Brookville Apartments.
A small rendering of the mural was unveiled in a ceremony at city hall Tuesday. Officials say the mural is intended to travel to various outdoor and indoor locations every two to four weeks.
Ella Fitzgerald’s legacy lives on at 100
Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday marked with Grammy exhibit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammy Museum is putting rare Ella Fitzgerald memorabilia on display for what would have been the singing legend's 100th birthday.
The museum's "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" exhibition includes the first Grammy Award that Fitzgerald won — the first awarded to an African-American woman — as well as some of her gowns, sheet music and personal telegrams.
Mick Jagger avoids limelight as Charlie Watts wins award
LONDON (AP) — It's not often Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger tries to avoid the spotlight and shift attention to drummer Charlie Watts.
But that happened Tuesday night at Jazz FM's gala in London when Watts received the Gold Award for a lifetime of blues, jazz and rock excellence.
The Stones also won two awards. But Jagger focused attention on the shy Watts, insisting he say a few words to acknowledge his special honor.
Ella Fitzgerald legacy lives on at 100
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CHICAGO (AP) — The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will celebrate the 100th birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Ella Gahnt stars in ‘Ella Sings Ella’
As the city continues to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, revered vocalist Ella Gahnt salutes the legendary Ella Fitzgerald with “Ella Sings Ella,” an intimate evening of song taking place on Friday at 7 p.m., at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, 736 S. Broad St.
With this highly anticipated performance, Gahnt, accompanied by Aaron Graves (piano), Lee Smith (bass) and Harry “Butch” Reed (drums), will fulfill a longtime artistic desire.
Photo of Ella Fitzgerald going on display at DC museum
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Portrait Gallery is putting up a photograph of American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as "The First Lady of Song."
The portrait is on view beginning Thursday, ahead of the 100th anniversary of Fitzgerald's birth. Fitzgerald, who died in 1996 at the age of 79, would have celebrated her 100th birthday April 25.
Philly POPS to extol that Fitzgerald, Armstrong magic
In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month and to mark the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, the Philly POPS will honor her musical legacy as well as her frequent collaborations with Louis Armstrong in a swinging lineup of their biggest solo hits and duets.
Joye in Aiken show offers kids ‘groove that makes you move’
Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and other giants of jazz were focal points of an upbeat history lesson offered Tuesday morning at USC Aiken, by way of a Joye in Aiken presentation offering live music for hundreds of elementary-school students.
Martin Luther King to be honored at Empire State Plaza
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state's official Martin Luther King Day observance is being held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center adjacent to the Capitol.
Emmy-winning violinist Damien Escobar will join the Syracuse Children's Chorus and others in performing at the annual event. Escobar appeared on the NBC hit show "America's Got Talent" and has performed on numerous talk shows and at the White House.
Buddy Bregman, arranger and producer, dead at age 86
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buddy Bregman, an accomplished arranger, producer and filmmaker whose credits ranged from albums by Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby to directing dozens of television movies and documentaries, has died.
Bregman died Sunday in Los Angeles at age 86. His daughter, actress Tracey Bregman, confirmed through her manager that he had been battling Alzheimer's disease.
KISS concert to feature performances of classic, hit songs
When the Kauai Island Singers sing, they don’t do it so people can hear them.
“We sing so people can feel us,” said member Trudy Vella.
People will have a chance to do both hear and feel the songs performed by the community group on Saturday when “KISS sings great music by musical greats” this weekend.
The show, their last until March, is set to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church in Kapaa. It is free, but donations are accepted.