NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Numa Martinez walked into an old classroom in New Orleans' 7th Ward on a hot morning in May and was instantly taken back to his days at Martinez Kindergarten. Here he taught...
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...
Review: Paul Simon re-visiting some musical old friends
Paul Simon, "In the Blue Light," (Legacy)
Weeks from the end of his farewell concert tour, Paul Simon has released a disc that feels like a valedictory itself.
McEnroe helps US Open’s Armstrong Stadium open for business
NEW YORK (AP) — John McEnroe looked up at a closed roof above Louis Armstrong Stadium, an entirely different view from his playing days.
Minutes later, the roof was open and McEnroe was serving, volleying — and racket throwing — making the U.S. Open's newest stadium feel like old times.
The rebuilt Armstrong was officially opened Wednesday and will be set for the year's final Grand Slam tournament starting Monday.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — For the first time in 33 years, there will be no Syracuse Jazz Fest this summer.
Festival founder and executive director Frank Malfitano announced Thursday that the event's funding came up about $150,000 short of its $400,000 budget this year.
Malfitano says the funding gap is mainly a result of longtime sponsor M&T Bank stepping aside. He says the free music festival will return in 2019 and is looking for ways to ensure long-term sustainability.
About three years ago, Mitch Landrieu approached legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis with a request. Landrieu, the two-term mayor of New Orleans, hoped that Marsalis — who he’d known since their shared days as high-school students in the Crescent City — would be willing to participate in New Orleans’ Tricentennial celebration.
Marsalis agreed, on one condition: that Landrieu remove the Robert E. Lee statue from its perch in a traffic circle in the central part of the city.
The great Wynton Marsalis once questioned the audience at an Atlanta concert: “How many jazz lovers are out there? How many jazz likers? I would suggest that there are quite a number of jazz lovers in Rome.
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Dance Theater of Harlem’s artistry, athleticism, personality impress Billings crowd
During an introductory segment on Friday night, Corby Skinner described Dance Theater of Harlem as "hip hop meets ballet."
Skinner nailed it in his pre-concert talk with artistic director Virginia Johnson.
Marsalis, Mott Foundation envision education with a beat
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Jazz great Wynton Marsalis is teaming up with the Flint-based Mott Foundation to infuse after-school programs with music and the arts.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and trumpeter will be the honorary co-chair of a national task force alongside Mott Foundation President Ridgway White. The group of leaders with expertise in the arts and after-school programs will develop content that can be shared nationwide.
Dionne Warwick to be honored with Marian Anderson Award
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dionne Warwick will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer.
The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.
Mayor Jim Kenney announced Thursday that the five-time Grammy winner will receive the award at a Nov. 14 ceremony.
Jazz festival at Univ. of Louisville in its 25th year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jazz artist Wycliffe Gordon is headlining the University of Louisville School of Music's annual Jazz Fest in February.
The festival has been ongoing since 1992, bringing celebrated jazz artists to Louisville for concerts, workshops and instruction.
The festival starts Feb. 22 in Bird Recital Hall with an International Night of Jazz featuring musicians from Colombia, Brazil, Republic of Georgia and other countries.
Filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns honored by historical society
NEW YORK (AP) — Brothers and fellow filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns have received an honorary prize from the New-York Historical Society.
As a music producer, Miles Fulwider has worked with some pretty impressive people. Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Willie Nelson. Norah Jones, Chick Corea.
The list goes on and on, not to mention film scores including several for American documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
He is also a musician, playing violin, since the age of 3, and guitar.
Wynton Marsalis to receive National Humanities Medal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis will be one of a dozen people to receive a National Humanities Medal at a ceremony later this month.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Thursday ( http://bit.ly/2d5h1YK ) that Marsalis is being honored for his work as a composer and a musician.
The newspaper reports that Marsalis will not be in attendance during the Sept. 22 ceremony at the White House.
Wynton Marsalis leads CBS tribute to Morley Safer
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News paid tribute to late "60 Minutes" reporter Morley Safer on Thursday with some New Orleans jazz from Wynton Marsalis, a letter from the prime minister of his native Canada and a few hearty laughs.
Safer died May 19 at age 84, eight days after CBS announced his retirement and four days after "60 Minutes" aired a special about his work during more than 50 years at CBS, most on the newsmagazine he joined in 1970 in only its third season.
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Harvard to host Pulitzer Prize centennial celebration
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, composers, authors and playwrights are gathering at Harvard University this weekend for a Pulitzer centennial celebration.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will host a marquee event for the centennial.
Jazz pioneer Wynton Marsalis will discuss "Blood on the Fields" on Saturday. His oratorio of one couple's journey from slavery to freedom was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer.
Jazz music on tap for thousands of urban school kids
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockefeller Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center are teaming up to put jazz in the ears of thousands of urban school children across the globe.
"Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour" is expected to reach 9,000 students in 60 schools in five cities, including New Orleans; Chicago; St. Louis, Missouri; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Sydney, Australia.
The tour, fueled by a $1 million foundation grant and led by Wynton Marsalis, is...
HUNTINGTON - When you turn 80 years old, it's time for a big celebration.
You don't wait around to get the party started, you go big, and by golly, you order dessert first.
Thus the Marshall Artists Series, one of the nation's oldest college-based artists series, comes out of the gates - swinging it sweet and in classic style, with the one-and-only Tony Bennett, and follows the living legend up with the 2016-17 series that features 10 shows that includes a healthy...