President Barack Obama complained Tuesday that he doesn't get out much. Then he noted he doesn't have to when B.B. King and Mick Jagger come to play a concert at his house.
President Obama joins B.B. King, Mick Jagger and other blues and rock legends at a performance in the White House.
It's a balmy summer night at the Newport Jazz Festival, and saxophonist Grace Kelly is welcoming an audience of about 500 at the Harbor Stage.
She's a drummer, a producer, a vocalist and a mom. Terri Lyne Carrington knows a lot about transformation.
Mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James as an authentic voice whose vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.
About 300 mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on Saturday as an authentic voice whose velvety vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.
The Rev. Al Sharpton will preside at Saturday's funeral for Etta James, the legendary singer's family said Tuesday.
With U.S.-Pakistani relations at a new low, American jazz comes to Pakistan. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.
Four musicians are suing the organizers of the Grammy Awards over the elimination of the Latin jazz category.
The population of New Orleans isn't big enough that local bands can play to a new crowd every week, so when New Orleans musicians want to make money and new fans, they usually hit the road.
Grammy-winning blues pianist Willie "Pinetop" Perkins died at his home in Austin, Texas, Monday, his official website said.
Billy Taylor, one of the most influential American jazz musicians of the second half of the twentieth century, died Tuesday at the age of 89, according to a statement posted on his official Web site.
A stylized mosaic celebrates the late jazz great, who would have been 93 on Thursday
Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer, songwriter, actor and activist, died on Saturday at age 80 in New York City, a friend of hers told CNN.
Musician Jason Moran explains the connection between the past and the future of an American art form.
Jason Moran is a jazz musician who has one foot in the past, one in the future and a career grounded in the present. From the past, Moran has built on the tradition of Thelonious Monk and other jazz greats. For the future, Moran looks to a new crop of musicians, teaching the next group of performers. In the present, there is his new album, "TEN." Moran shares where he has been and why "knowing when to 'shut up' is extremely important."
The musician debuts a new song - and weighs in on who should win Celebrity Apprentice
There's no point inventing a label for pianist Eric Lewis' eclectic performance style; he's beaten everyone to the punch. He calls it "rockjazz."
Pianist Eric "ELEW" Lewis talks to CNN's Shanon Cook about his self-described style, "rockjazz."
Jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis talks about the meaning of the blues, the legacy of racism, and lessons from his father.
As you walk down Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, it may be easy to forget that it's 2009.
CNN photojournalist John Bena talks to a blues performer who considers himself as much a preservationist as a musician.
Madeleine Peyroux has carved out a successful career as an interpreter of songs from greats such as Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Leonard Cohen. But on her fourth album, the smoky-voiced singer holds the mirror up to herself.
Singer Madeleine Peyroux talks to CNN's Shanon Cook about recording her new album 'Bare Bones.'
The Queen of the Blues is dead.
Of all the amazing New Orleans, Louisiana, musicians, my favorite could be Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
Jazz musician Diana Krall talks to CNN's Shanon Cook about the bossa nova spin on her new album, "Quiet Nights."
The home life Diana Krall shares with husband (and fellow musical brain) Elvis Costello and their 2-year-old twin boys is a little nutty.
Havana has a thriving cultural scene and is the setting for world-class ballet and film festivals. But it's also a city of music, sunshine and rum, and Havana knows how to throw a damn fine party. Here are some of the city's biggest and best annual events.
The United States Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin.
Use these activities to encourage your students to learn about and appreciate the history, culture and achievements of African-Americans.
On the dawn of the most historic inauguration of our time, we nervously await "change we can believe in."
Grammy-winning trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, a leading figure in jazz during a five-decade career, has died at age 70, about a month after suffering a heart attack, his publicist said Tuesday.
If there's one thing Quincy Jones can't stand, it's people without a sense of history.
"Cadillac Records," the story of a rowdy musical revolution and the record label that helped to launch it, begins in 1941, when Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright) is a sharecropper playing slide guitar under the blazing hot Mississippi sun.
Musician Wynton Marsalis' hero, Davey Yarborough, uses jazz to inspire young people.
Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis knows how important education is for youth, but what feeds their minds and souls, he says, often lies beyond traditional classroom walls.
Jazz has always been a popular form of music because its improvisatory nature is easily adapted by a community or nation to reflect its individual identity.
Jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin, who played with America's greats from Thelonious Monk to Lionel Hampton but chose to live in France, died hours before a concert
Bo Diddley, the musical pioneer whose songs melded rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 79.
Bo Diddley, the musical pioneer whose songs, such as "Who Do You Love?" and "Bo Diddley," melded rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll through a distinctive thumping beat, has died. He was 79.
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Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll and an inspiration for legions of musicians, died Monday at the age of 79
The best-selling pop album on planet Earth and a disc sent hurtling into deep space are among recordings the Library of Congress will preserve for their cultural significance
Grammy-winner Mariah Carey – whose new No. 1 album, E = MC2, sold 463,000 copies in its first week – is hitting another high: This weekend the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit in lavendar, pink and white in her honor. One of the most successful female recording artists of all time, Carey, 39, recently surpassed Elvis PresleyÃ¢€™s record of 17 No. 1 hits with her 18th, "Touch My Body."
It looked like it was going to be all Amy Winehouse -- until the end.
Herbie Hancock has been here before.
Pianist Oscar Peterson succumbs to kidney failure at his home in Ontario, Canada, dying at the age of 82.
Tony Bennett is having the last laugh -- again.
Drummer Jack DeJohnette had some fun with his jazz musician friends by asking them to guess who's playing piano with him on a fast-paced version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps."
Max Roach, the master percussionist whose rhythmic innovations and improvisations defined bebop jazz during a wide-ranging career where he collaborated with artists from Duke Ellington to rapper Fab Five Freddy, has died after a long illness
Herb Wong and Jimmy Lyons were friends and San Francisco jazz radio broadcasters in the early 1950s when Lyons founded the Monterey Jazz Festival. Wong has been to all 48 Monterey festivals, has emceed many of them, and will be at this year's 49th annual festival, too.
The Monterey Jazz Festival can't claim that it's the biggest or oldest jazz festival in the world, but it can claim the devotion of jazz royalty.
When Hurricane Katrina swept through Louisiana during the American summer last year, it left New Orleans in a shambles and musician Davell Crawford without a home.
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Halle Berry had to write "I will not make 'Catwoman II' " on a chalkboard four times in order to earn her pudding pot as Harvard's Hasty Pudding woman of the year.
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For every Lisa Simpson, tooting on her saxophone, there are dozens of Barts who prefer Game Boys and slingshots. But if the Simpsons' fictitious Springfield was revealed to be California's Monterey County, where jazz education thrives, even the spiky-haired prankster could be transformed into a cool jazz cat.
H. Johnson has pretty much heard it all.
Several noted R&B singers and musicians played roles -- and songs -- in "The Blues Brothers." Among them:
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Thanks to an innovative Chicago label called Soundies, an extraordinary collection of vintage jazz and pop recordings will soon be available on the Internet--fully indexed and searchable. Soundies ...
Musicians tune up, cooks fire up and ticket holders line up as the Monterey Jazz Festival swings into its 47th year, and fans from around the world celebrate food, festivities and all that's jazz.
Marian McPartland, the legendary jazz pianist and host of National Public Radio's "Piano Jazz," returns this year to the Monterey Jazz Festival. She'll perform, and she'll also join panel discussions with musicians such as Clark Terry and Bill Charlap and jazz enthusiast Clint Eastwood.
Advertising has Madison Avenue. The theatre has Broadway and finance has Wall Street. But it's hard to find one central stretch of road for the music industry. There are, however, certain streets and stretches where music history resides. Here's a quick drive-by of musical hot spots.
Ray Charles, the innovative singer and pianist whose combinations of blues and gospel pioneered soul music and earned him the nickname "the Genius," has died. He was 73.
Backstage at the Hollywood Roosevelt snaps with energy as Michael BublÃ© delivers a preshow pep talk to his musicians: "Get wild, get crazy," he tells them on his CD/DVD release, "Come Fly With Me."
The blues are back at Chess Records Studio.
Before he'd finished high school, Wynton Marsalis was already a legend in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Tony Randall is recuperating from pneumonia following bypass surgery in December, his publicist said Thursday.
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Jeff Gordinier's recent Transoceanic In-Flight Playlists have admirably addressed the typical six- to eight-hour plane trip. But New York-Tokyo requires special preparation. It's a marathon--14 1/2...
True audiophiles know that even a $200,000 stereo (and they do exist) can't match the sound of a live performance. So, for those folks for whom high fidelity just isn't high enough, QRS Music offer...
The word on Roy Eldridge's role in the evolution of jazz trumpet has always been that he's the link between Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. That's perfectly complimentary, but it's like saying...
In 1970, Miles Davis--with cats like Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter--released the critically acclaimed Bitches Brew, and fusion was born. This November,Columbia/Legacy comes out with The Complete Bi...
Nicholas Payton is huge. Not in body and not in fame, though his rep is fast rising. It's when it comes to the sound he pushes from his trumpet that you think of Louis Armstrong.
Need a wake-up call? Bored with music that's too familiar, too nice? Try the Mingus Big Band. You may never sleep again.
There's fusion, and there's fusion by Miles Davis. The subgenre Davis created with the release of his 1969 masterpiece In a Silent Way spawned a legion of dreadful imitators. This makes it all too ...
Nina Simone sang with more emotion, Billie Holiday with more sophistication, but no one had Ella Fitzgerald's perfect pitch. Verve's 3-CD set Ella Fitzgerald: Best of the Song Books: The Collection...
THIS VALENTINE'S DAY, THINK CDS. Nope, not certificates of deposit. (If you're interested in those, see Money Monitor.) We mean the musical variety--compact disks.
Comedy clubs were booming as the curtain lifted on the 1990s. But it's no laughing matter on the club scene anymore. Comedy has crashed, and is being routed by blues clubs and a revival of performa...
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