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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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Kurt Elling to Debut Noir Drama at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lauded singer Kurt Elling will debut his long-in-the-works noir musical drama, The Big Blind, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York on Mar. 1 and 2. Elling cowrote the work with Grammy-winning songwriter Phil Galdston and stars in it as an up-and-coming jazz singer with uncertain career prospects in 1950s Chicago. “At this … Read More “Kurt Elling to Debut Noir Drama at Jazz at Lincoln Center”

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Last Car Owned by Frank Sinatra to Be Sold in Online Auction

H&H Classics, the specialist auction house dedicated to the sale of collectors’ vehicles, will launch its first online live auction on Feb. 2, 2019—and the most exciting item is shaping up to be a 1985 Chrysler Le Baron Town & Country Turbo “Woody” Estate car once owned by Frank Sinatra. According to rumor, the car … Read More “Last Car Owned by Frank Sinatra to Be Sold in Online Auction”

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Laurin Talese Wins Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition

Laurin Talese is the winner of the 7th Annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, also known as the SASSY Awards. At the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)’s Victoria Theater on Nov. 18, Talese took home the contest’s top honors over four other finalists. The five singers had been selected from more than 600 submissions through three … Read More “Laurin Talese Wins Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition”

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NJPAC Announces 2018 Sarah Vaughan Competition Finalists

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has announced the five jazz vocalists who will compete in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in Newark’s Victoria Theater. This year’s finalists are: Russian-born pianist and singer Oleg Akkuratov; New Orleans-based vocalist Gabrielle Cavassa; Australian singer Olivia Chindamo; Las Vegas-based singer Toscha … Read More “NJPAC Announces 2018 Sarah Vaughan Competition Finalists”

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Esperanza Spalding Casts First of “12 Little Spells” Online

The singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding yesterday (Oct. 7) released the first installment of her new musical suite, 12 Little Spells, which she is unveiling to the public online via her website and Facebook and Instagram accounts. Spalding is putting out the project piece by piece—or spell by spell, in her parlance—every day at 12:12 … Read More “Esperanza Spalding Casts First of “12 Little Spells” Online”

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Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Designated National Treasure

The North Carolina birthplace and childhood home of the late singer/songwriter, musician, and activist Nina Simone has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Preservation. According to a news release issued yesterday (June 19), the Trust will “develop and find a new use for the house in Tryon where Simone was born … Read More “Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Designated National Treasure”

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Quiana Lynell Wins Sarah Vaughan Competition

The Texas-raised, Louisiana-based singer Quiana Lynell has been named the winner of the sixth annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, held on Sunday as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The prize for the first-place award, also known as the Sassy, is a record-contract offer … Read More “Quiana Lynell Wins Sarah Vaughan Competition”

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