NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's oldest cultural instititutions, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is undergoing some of its biggest changes in more than a century.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 18-24:
Oct. 18: Actor Dawn Wells (“Gilligan’s Island”) is 82. Singer Russ Giguere of The Association is 77. Actor Joe Morton is 73. Actor Pam Dawber...
NEW YORK (AP) — Stanley Crouch, a contentious and influential critic, columnist and self-taught Renaissance man who in fiction and nonfiction was inspired by his knowledge and love of blues and...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. has spent a lot of his life on tour buses and traveling from city to city, but even when the pandemic shut down the country, he couldn’t...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America.
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has altered the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, but it will still go on, giving students the chance to show...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation has launched a $1 million emergency fund to support freelance New York City-area jazz musicians during the coronavirus...
NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording.
"Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brothers and fellow filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns have received an honorary prize from the New-York Historical Society.
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.
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.
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.
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...