News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

By Michael Katz The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival announced its complete schedule yesterday, adding Tony Bennett and Michael Wolff (leading his Cal Tjader tribute band) to a program already rich with stars that include Pat Metheny, Showcase Artist Jack DeJohnette, Esperanza Spalding, Trombone Shorty, Bill Frisell and Artist-in-residence Ambrose Akinmusire. More on all that later.… Read More News: The 55th Monterey Jazz Festival Final Line Up.

News: The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival

By Don Heckman The summer jazz season in Los Angeles had its annual kick-off party yesterday at the Playboy Mansion.  February may seem like an early start, but the media get-together, which takes place in a circus-sized tent pitched in Hugh Hefner’s luxurious back yard, has become a traditional introduction to the events planned for… Read More News: The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz FestivalRead More News: The 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival

News: Sam Cooke’s 80th — January 22, 2011

Had he lived, Sam Cooke would be 80 on January 22, 2011.  Though his tragic death, at the age of 33, deprived successive generations of new music from Cooke, known as ‘the man who invented soul,’ his legacy and influence endure. A feature film biography, based on Peter Guralnick’s critically acclaimed book Dream Boogie: The Triumph of… Read More News: Sam Cooke’s 80th — January 22, 2011

News: Jimi Hendrix’s personal items arrive at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian

By Don Heckman Some unique Jimi Hendrix items have arrived at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. for the exhibition “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture,” opening July 1. Hendrix’s grandmother was a Cherokee Indian.  The items, which were accompanied by his sister, Janie Hendrix, consist of a full-length coat made of… Read More News: Jimi Hendrix’s personal items arrive at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian

News: Sonny Rollins Is Awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal

By Fernando Gonzalez Saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins has been awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal by The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s leading artist residency program. The prize has been awarded annually since 1960 to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her field. Since the inception of the medal, the Colony, based in Peterborough,… Read More News: Sonny Rollins Is Awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal