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Gregory Porter to Debut New Podcast The Hang on August 8

Gregory Porter, the soulful crooner who helped make jazz a topic of conversation for mainstream music listeners, has a new podcast. Gregory Porter – The Hang debuts August 8. Porter’s first guest is Jeff Goldblum (yes, that Jeff Goldblum). The actor has a side gig as a jazz pianist and once backed Porter on The Graham … Read More “Gregory Porter to Debut New Podcast The Hang on August 8″

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Centennial Capitol Release to Pair Gregory Porter and Nat “King” Cole

Nat “King” Cole would have turned 100 on Mar. 17, and to celebrate his centennial, Capitol Records is releasing a new collection of his music, Ultimate Nat King Cole, which will feature a duet between the legendary singer and the Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter. The duet pairs Cole’s original vocals on “The Girl from … Read More “Centennial Capitol Release to Pair Gregory Porter and Nat “King” Cole”

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New Album Narrates Charlie Parker’s Life in Song

On June 16, Impulse!/Verve will release The Passion of Charlie Parker, an album of iconic Parker songs transformed through the addition of lyrics to create a musical play that narrates Bird’s life. Produced by Larry Klein with lyrics by David Baerwald, the album features actor Jeffrey Wright in the role of Parker as narrator, with vocals provided by … Read More “New Album Narrates Charlie Parker’s Life in Song”

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2017 Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

The 39th annual Playboy Jazz Festival has announced its roster of performers for 2017. The two-day festival will take place June 10-11, 2017 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, with single tickets available beginning March 7. Performers slated for Saturday, June 10 include Marcus Miller, Corinne Bailey Rae, TajMo’: the Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ … Read More “2017 Playboy Jazz Festival Lineup Announced”

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Grammy Awards Announced in Jazz Categories

Jazz winners at the 59th annual Grammy Awards were given out in a pre-telecast ceremony held earlier today in Los Angeles (and viewable at Grammy.com). Highlights of the ceremony included speeches by Gregory Porter, who paid brief tribute to the late Al Jarreau, and writer Kabir Sehgal, executive producer of the Ted Nash Big Band’s Presidential … Read More “Grammy Awards Announced in Jazz Categories”

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