Joanna Wallfisch, "Far Away from Any Place Called Home" (Joanna Wallfisch)
Songstress, poet and darn good cyclist Joanna Wallfisch draws from both disappointment and wonder on her latest...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico School for the Arts teacher has been fired for falsifying awards for a student.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the school confirmed Monday that jazz...
Leon Redbone, acclaimed 1970s musician, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Leon Redbone, the blues and jazz artist whose growly voice, Panama hat and cultivated air of mystery made him seem like a character out of the ragtime era or the Depression-era...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz Friday as the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA returns.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Jazz man from Thailand made some music at the PGA Championship on Friday, and it was really good.
So remember this name: Jazz Janewattananond. He is a...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Diana Ross says she feels "violated" by an airport screener who touched her between her legs after she performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Jazz Fest’s foundation also marks 50 years
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — This year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrates 50 years of spotlighting Louisiana's culture and musical traditions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than two decades after the seed was planted in Dan Pritzker's mind to make a movie about jazz cornetist Charles "Buddy" Bolden, the world is finally getting to see the...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival closes out with Van Morrison and a special performance by the Marsalis family.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nat King Cole's brother will be part of a tribute to the late singer at this year's Chicago Jazz Festival.
The free festival is planned for Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 at Chicago's...
Katy Perry, Leon Bridges headline Jazz Fest Saturday
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Katy Perry and Leon Bridges are among the top names headlining the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Perry, who's known for her over-the-top costumes and pop music,...
Day 2 at New Orleans Jazz Fest: Sunshine and Santana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The prospect of Sunshine and Santana were welcome on the second day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
There had been some disappointments in the run-up to the...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the second day of the 50th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all times local):
He played at the first Jazz Fest and he's playing...
Performers reflect on 50 years of Jazz Fest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If your tastes are eclectic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poses a problem: Which of a dozen acts do you want to hear? Earth, Wind & Fire, Alanis Morissette, or Taj...
Performers reflect on 50 years of Jazz Fest
BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics are preparing for their Game 2 matchup with the Pacers aware their series-opening win was notable more for its ugliness more than the outcome.
New cultural arts center, theater opens in Georgia city
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The city of Savannah, Georgia, has opened a new cultural arts center.
The Savannah Morning News reports the 39,000-square-foot facility hosted a grand opening...
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Cast and crew members are among the first to see the musical biopic "Bolden," which first started filming in 2007 in the Wilmington area.
Norah Jones, "Begin Again" (Blue Note)
Norah Jones grew to be a household name after her 2002 debut "Come Away With Me" — an album that brought her five Grammys. She became a jazz sweetheart...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Illness is forcing Fleetwood Mac to cancel a number of appearances, including at the Jazz Fest, where the band had been scheduled as a last-minute replacement for the Rolling...
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing.
Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night at "A Great Night in Harlem," the annual fundraiser for the Jazz...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — PJ Morton, the keyboard player with Maroon 5, is working to restore the New Orleans home of jazz legend Charles "Buddy" Bolden.
Affordable music for the family in NYC? Try a jazz club
NEW YORK (AP) — New York has long been a city known for jazz. What's less well-known is how kid- and family-friendly jazz performances here can be.
Jerry Lee Lewis cancels shows, is recovering from stroke
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis has been transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation center following a stroke last month, but will have to cancel upcoming shows,...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 49th Loyola Jazz Festival begins Friday with performances and clinics for students from 33 middle school, high school and college ensembles. It's Louisiana's oldest...
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...
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Boston Public Schools and the University of New Hampshire are investigating who's responsible for sending a racist image to some high school students about to perform at a...
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.
More acts added to 2019 New Orleans Jazz Fest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Grammy Award winner PJ Morton has been added to the lineup of performers for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Pianist, composer Ramsey Lewis honored in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-bass jazz musician Ramsey Lewis was honored with a lifetime achievement award by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.
Andre Previn, Oscar-winning composer, has died at 89
Andre Previn, the pianist, composer and conductor whose broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz and classical music, always rejecting suggestions that his bop 'n' blues moonlighting...
Trombonists who died in 2018 honored with music in Cleveland
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The late American jazz great Urbie Green and three other accomplished trombonists who died in 2018 will be remembered Saturday at a musical event in Cleveland.
Living trombone stars Jiggs Whigham and John Marcellus will be featured at the Memorial Trombone Festival at Case Western Reserve University, a concert by some 20 trombonists gathered from around the city.
Several artists announced for Newport Jazz festival
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bad Plus and Buika are among the first wave of artists announced for this year's Newport Jazz Festival .
The three-day festival in Rhode Island is scheduled for August 2, 3 and 4 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.
Organizers on Tuesday confirmed reports that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will play. Also headlining the 8-day event, which runs April 25-28 and May 2-5, are Katy Perry, the Dave Matthews Band, Al Green, Pitbull, Santana, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aaron Neville and gospel great Shirley Caesar.
Tia Fuller, fierce woman in jazz, takes shot at 1st Grammy
NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Tia Fuller was crying in bed. And praising God.
She'd just received the news that she was nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award — but it's not just any nomination: Her inclusion in the best jazz instrumental album category is a historic moment for women because they have rarely been nominated for the coveted award throughout the Grammys' 61-year history.
And if Fuller wins, she becomes just the second women to take home the prize.
Concert Capital: Can DC become America’s next big music town
WASHINGTON (AP) — Who says the nation's capital must only be known as a political town?
It may be years before D.C. has the reputation of a music city like Austin, Texas, Chicago, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York or Los Angeles. Yet the foundation has been laid with a rich history, from the jazz of Duke Ellington to the go-go of Chuck Brown, the R&B of Screamin' Joe Neal to the telecasters of Link Wray, and the punk scene of Dischord Records.
Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81
Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.
Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81.
ShowBiz Minute: Wilson, Locke, Dushku
Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove dies at age 49
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49, his manager said Saturday.
Hargrove died in New York on Friday of cardiac arrest stemming from a longtime fight with kidney disease, longtime manager Larry Clothier said in a statement.
Organizers hope to build Chet Baker’s legacy with festival
YALE, Okla. (AP) — Famed jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker was born not far from Stillwater, in Yale.
He lived a hard life, one beset with drugs and music, and died much too young, at age 57.
Now the people in the small town where his life began in 1929 are trying to reclaim his musical heritage and make him a legend.
Baker spent the first 10 years of his life in Yale, before his family relocated to California.
Singer trying to put the Motown back in Motown
Honors for 3 jazz performers, 2 grew up in Sweden
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans jazz performers who grew up in Sweden and one who grew up in New Orleans are being honored by the Preservation Hall Foundation.
The foundation plans to induct clarinetist Orange Kellin, multi-instrumentalist Lars Edegran and trombone player Lester Caliste as master practitioners on Wednesday.
AP Exclusive: Roberta Flack ready to sing again
NEW YORK (AP) — Once a week, Roberta Flack gives a musical performance for an exclusive group.
The lucky audience consists of a musical director, who works with the legend to keep her instrument — her voice — in top form. It would be an important exercise for any singer, but even more critical given that the 81-year-old singer had a stroke more than two years ago and suffered a collapse that led to a brief hospitalization earlier this year.
Roberta Flack chats about Jazz Foundation honor
New Orleans church dating back to 1906 to close
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A historic New Orleans church dating back to 1906 to minister to Norwegian sailors and eventually became an important venue for jazz performances is closing.
Local media reports the Scandinavian Jazz Church will end operations by Dec. 31 and the building is under contract to be sold to a new owner by the end of the year. The buyer has not been disclosed.
State audit: Trumpeter’s lavish trips may have broken law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new state audit says a New Orleans trumpeter and his longtime business and musical partner spent nearly $180,000 on trips and entertainment over seven years, and may have broken state laws by using public money on themselves.
Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush dies at 84
CHICAGO (AP) — Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager said.
Rush succumbed to complications from a stroke he suffered in 2003, manager Rick Bates said.