Arts and Entertainment

4:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

'Grand Illusion' Exhibit Lifts Curtain On The Secrets Of Setting The Stage

Oliver Smith (1918–1994). Scenic design for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Watercolor and pen and ink drawing.
Music Division, Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:56 am

You won't want to miss the music in this piece. Click the listen link above to hear the full story.

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A Blog Supreme
2:33 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:05 am

Pianist Ralph Sharon, the longtime accompanist for Tony Bennett, died March 31 at age 91. In the audio link above, Tom Cole has a brief report for NPR's Morning Edition, and below, Walter Ray Watson filed this remembrance for NPR Music.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
2:23 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz In Concert

Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 11:34 pm

The public youth music education program known as El Sistema has reached hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans, largely through participation in classical music ensembles. In 2007, drummer Andrés Briceño and head of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music Valdemar Rodríguez introduced a jazz program to El Sistema, with the goal of promoting the music throughout Venezuela. The flagship ensemble, Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz, presents the work of both American jazz masters and Venezuelan composers, and like its orchestral counterparts, has now toured the U.S.

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12:49 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Curbside Chronicle Photographers, Vendors Print Fresh Perspectives

Ryan West, Robert and Geovanny de Leon pose in front of the Homeless Alliance's WestTown drop-in center on northwest 4th at Virginia Avenue, also home of The Curbside Chronicle office.
The Curbside Chronicle

Robert is a modern-day newsie. But he doesn’t hawk a tabloid or news rag on the streets of New York or Mexico City. He sells The Curbside Chronicle at busy intersections in northwest Oklahoma City. Some sales days are better than others.

“I did do really well Friday. I had 31 magazines and I sold out in less than two hours,” said Robert, who chose not to share his last name. “I didn’t have any more and I was upset with myself ‘cause I should have bought at least 60.”

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Arts and Entertainment
2:04 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

A Capella Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks To This Guy

Deke Sharon performs on the Chinese edition of The Sing-Off in 2012. (Courtesy)

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 6:56 am

A cappella is as popular as ever, and who knows that better than Deke Sharon. He is the vocal producer for the a cappella competition TV show “The Sing-Off.” He also directed the live “Sing-Off” show which is currently touring the country.

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4:08 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Bill Nighy is starring a revival of David Hare's 1995 drama Skylight. "I adore it. It's probably my favorite play," he says.
John Haynes Philip Rinaldi Publicity

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

Actor Bill Nighy is best known in the U.S. for his appearances in films such as Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean. But in England, he's a well-known stage actor, and one of his most successful collaborations is with playwright David Hare. They're together again on Broadway in a revival of Hare's 1995 drama, Skylight.

The actor and the writer first worked together on a television movie in 1980 and they've been working on and off ever since.

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Music Articles
10:39 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Billie Holiday has become a mythic presence in absentia.
William Gottlieb Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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Music Interviews
4:08 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Cassandra Wilson 'Couldn't Wait' To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

Cassandra Wilson's Billie Holiday tribute album is titled Coming Forth By Day.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:54 am

Vocalist Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago this week. Today, her place in music history is clear.

"I think we witness in Billie Holiday's music the beginning of the jazz vocal age, really," fellow vocalist Cassandra Wilson says. "Her phrasing is very conversational, and it swings — it moves with the musicians. She's very much in charge of her place in the music. She's in control of the story, and in control of her cadence."

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

John Pizzarelli On Piano Jazz

John Pizzarelli.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts around. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He's the son of jazz guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, who helped him get his start.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:38 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

That's No Emoji, That's A Work Of Art

“Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” Katsushika Hokusai, about 1830–31 (MFA Boston)

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:17 pm

There's a good chance you've seen “The Great Wave.” The 19th century woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai depicts a towering blue ocean crest and it has been adored, co-opted and parodied by other artists and in ad campaigns for everything from blue jeans to beer.

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