Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro’s next book will be one for music lovers. Alfred A. Knopf announced Thursday that Ishiguro’s “The Summer We Crossed Europe in the Rain,” coming March 5, is a collection of lyrics written for the million-selling jazz singer Stacey Kent.
The gates opened about an hour later than usual for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival after a line of strong thunderstorms, with wind gusts of up to 60 mph (about 97 kph), prompted organizers to delay Saturday’s opening.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Marshall University School of Music will present its 54th Annual Winter Jazz Festival Feb. 16-18 with a series of free public performances.
Sherlock Holmes is finally free to the American public in 2023. The long-running contested copyright dispute over Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of a whipsmart detective will finally come to an end as the 1927 copyrights expiring Jan. 1 include Conan Doyle’s last Sherlock Holmes work.
There were plenty of reasons Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ shouldn’t have worked.
Bryan Adams, R.E.M., Blondie, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Heart and The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame, a dazzling list of talented acts that left their mark on country, pop, rap, Broadway, post-punk, Latin and New Jack Swing.
“Four,” Bill Frisell (Blue Note)

Guitarist Bill Frisell’s new jazz quartet album is like a stimulating conversation among friends who swap quick quips and insights, the shifts in mood frequent and unpredictable.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 23-29:

Oct. 23: Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups is 79. Director Ang Lee is 68. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 66.
Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are joining forces with the University of Michigan’s marching band for a performance at Saturday’s football game.
“Bordeaux Concert,” Keith Jarrett (ECM Records)

When Keith Jarrett gently strikes the final note on the opening piece of “Bordeaux Concert,” 15 seconds pass before concertgoers begin to applaud, taking time to savor what they just heard.
Renowned jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis has died. He was 87. His son, Bobby Lewis, says Ramsey Lewis died Monday at his Chicago home.
A top jazz producer and label owner and early producer of bossa nova has died. Creed Taylor was 93. The Lynchburg, Virginia, native was a prolific force in the evolution of jazz — as a packager who helped introduce laminated covers and gatefold sleeves for LPs, as a producer with an ear for emerging
Hundreds of tourism projects nationwide are collectively getting about $2.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding.
“Petrichor,” Sam Reider (Slow & Steady)

Jazz pianist Sam Reider can sound reflective or restless, pensive or playful, sometimes in adjacent measures.
Actor Richard Gere hosted a benefit concert for Ukraine at Carnegie Hall that raised $360,000 for Direct Relief, a humanitarian organization providing medical aid.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Zac Brown Band will replace country legend Willie Nelson on the closing day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Willie Nelson is cancelling an upcoming performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival and postponing other shows after a positive case of the coronavirus in his band.
Singer Michael Feinstein, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Midori and pianist Evgeny Kissin will perform at a Carnegie Hall benefit concert for Ukraine on May 23.
A cathartic return of music and culture to New Orleans’ chief music festival ended its first weekend with the Red Hot Chili Peppers honoring the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins by closing out the show for his band.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 8-14:

May 8: Singer Toni Tennille is 82. Country singer Jack Blanchard is 80. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is 77.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The memorial garden at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is about to get a lot more crowded as fellow musicians honor the many musical icons — known as “Ancestors” — who have passed since the festival was last held three years ago.
After being silenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is back for the first time in three years.
Songwriter Kurt Vile says he always thinks about making catchy music, but his attempts usually end up sounding fried or sizzled out.
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia community will host an international marching band competition next year.
Organizers of this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest say the band Red Hot Chili Peppers has been added to the lineup of the 2022 event.
Jon Batiste wears so many hats he may need a closet for them all — recording artist, bandleader, musical director, film composer, museum creative director and scion of New Orleans musical royalty.
New York (AP) — Acclaimed musician Robert Glasper’s magic-infused fingers have touched everything from jazz to hip-hop to R&B, and now he’s included TV series music on his resume by co-scoring the new shows “Bel-Air” and “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.”
Rock band Foo Fighters is cancelling all its upcoming tour dates including a scheduled May 1 performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, after the death of band drummer Taylor Hawkins.
New Orleans’ school board has unanimously reversed a little known but century-old ban on jazz. The Orleans Parish School Board approved a resolution Thursday saying it wanted to correct the previous board’s action and to encourage jazz music and dance in schools.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The school board in the city where jazz took root is preparing to undo a little-known 1922 rule that bans jazz music and dancing in public schools.
“Jacob’s Ladder,” Brad Mehldau (Nonesuch Records)

Brad Mehldau’s new album includes a cover of the Rush song “Tom Sawyer,” which brings to mind Mark Twain, which brings to mind a quote attributed to Twain regarding the music of Mahler: “It’s better than it sounds.”