Video of the Day: The Perpetuum Jazzile Choir Sings “Wave”

The Perpetuum Jazzile Choir from Slovenia is a superb ensemble of young singers whose repertoire reaches from jazz, pop and Swing to bossa nova, funk and gospel.  They’ve toured Europe, Canada and the U.S., performing the music of Jobim, the Beatles, Van Halen, Lady Gaga and beyond, usually done in rich a cappella harmonies and… Read More Video of the Day: The Perpetuum Jazzile Choir Sings “Wave”

Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

BY DON HECKMAN One of the great pleasures of attending a Chick Corea performance is the anticipatory awareness that his omnivorous musical interests will always bring something new and compelling to every show. On Saturday night at the gorgeous new Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, he did it again, this time in the company… Read More Live Music: Chick Corea, Gary Burton and the Harlem String Quartet at the Valley Performing Arts Center

Live Music: Maia Sharp with AG, Garrison Starr and Linda Taylor at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit

BY BRIAN ARSENAULT Ogunquit, Maine.   Maia Sharp went “around the horn,” as she said, with AG (Adrianne Gonzalez) and Garrison Starr at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit, Maine Thursday evening, and made a joyous sound to an enthusiastic but too small crowd. More promotion required. Trading lead vocals and instruments and backed throughout by the wonderful Linda… Read More Live Music: Maia Sharp with AG, Garrison Starr and Linda Taylor at Jonathan’s in Ogunquit

CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook” (Summit Records) By Brian Arsenault You come back from cancer knowing you are mortal — you are therefore human — so Cole Porter’s ability to “cover the human condition” seems so right for Cheryl Bentyne, long of Manhattan Transfer. And it is. Thoughtful, playful, wry, romantic,… Read More CD Review: Cheryl Bentyne “Let’s Misbehave – The Cole Porter Songbook”

DVD REVIEWS: “The Best of the Temptations on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Best of the Supremes on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show”

by Devon Wendell During a time in which pop musicians on the Billboard charts, radio, and television seem to know very little about harmony, class, or originality, it’s certainly refreshing that Motown has released three classic collections of some of their greatest artists appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. On the DVD The Best Of… Read More DVD REVIEWS: “The Best of the Temptations on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Best of the Supremes on the Ed Sullivan Show,” “Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show”