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Obama adds his voice to White House blues jamupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 23:03:00

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 sings the bluesupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 23:03:00

President Obama joins B.B. King, Mick Jagger and other blues and rock legends at a performance in the White House.

The making of a prodigyupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 03:42:00

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.

Terri Lyne Carrington on her Grammy-nominated album, 'The Mosaic Project'updated: Fri Feb 10 2012 15:56:00

She's a drummer, a producer, a vocalist and a mom. Terri Lyne Carrington knows a lot about transformation.

Etta James remembered at funeralupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 21:29:00

Mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James as an authentic voice whose vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.

Etta James remembered as an authentic voice at funeralupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 21:29:00

About 300 mourners remembered legendary singer Etta James on Saturday as an authentic voice whose velvety vocals bridged genres from blues to rock.

Etta James funeral plans announcedupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 17:34:00

The Rev. Al Sharpton will preside at Saturday's funeral for Etta James, the legendary singer's family said Tuesday.

American jazz comes to Pakistanupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 15:14:00

With U.S.-Pakistani relations at a new low, American jazz comes to Pakistan. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Latin jazz musicians sue over Grammy category cutsupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 23:02:00

Four musicians are suing the organizers of the Grammy Awards over the elimination of the Latin jazz category.

New Orleans Jazz Fest after hoursupdated: Fri May 06 2011 15:13:00

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.

Blues great 'Pinetop' Perkins dies in Texasupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 04:22:00

Grammy-winning blues pianist Willie "Pinetop" Perkins died at his home in Austin, Texas, Monday, his official website said.

Jazz legend Billy Taylor dead at 89updated: Thu Dec 30 2010 13:13:00

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.

People.com: Dizzy Gillespie's Birthday Celebrated with Google Doodleupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 11:28:00

A stylized mosaic celebrates the late jazz great, who would have been 93 on Thursday

Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln dead at 80updated: Sun Aug 15 2010 14:24:00

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.

The new face of jazzupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 10:52:00

Musician Jason Moran explains the connection between the past and the future of an American art form.

How I Got Here: From music student to jazz masterupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 10:52:00

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."

People.com: First Listen: Cyndi Lauper Sings the Bluesupdated: Wed May 19 2010 18:28:00

The musician debuts a new song - and weighs in on who should win Celebrity Apprentice

Eric Lewis and his 'rockjazz' pianoupdated: Mon Apr 26 2010 15:09:00

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."

The art of 'rockjazz'updated: Mon Apr 26 2010 15:09:00

Pianist Eric "ELEW" Lewis talks to CNN's Shanon Cook about his self-described style, "rockjazz."

Marsalis speaks his mindupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 07:14:00

Jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis talks about the meaning of the blues, the legacy of racism, and lessons from his father.

Blues musician keeps long-ago past vibrantupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 16:08:00

As you walk down Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, it may be easy to forget that it's 2009.

Bluesman on a musical missionupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 16:08:00

CNN photojournalist John Bena talks to a blues performer who considers himself as much a preservationist as a musician.

Madeleine Peyroux looks deep insideupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 08:23:00

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.

Madeleine gets personalupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 08:23:00

Singer Madeleine Peyroux talks to CNN's Shanon Cook about recording her new album 'Bare Bones.'

Blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80updated: Wed Jun 03 2009 21:28:00

The Queen of the Blues is dead.

New Orleans Jazz Festival: 'Trombone Shorty'updated: Tue Apr 28 2009 08:56:00

Of all the amazing New Orleans, Louisiana, musicians, my favorite could be Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.

Krall's Brazilian blissupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 18:13:00

Jazz musician Diana Krall talks to CNN's Shanon Cook about the bossa nova spin on her new album, "Quiet Nights."

Warm, sultry Diana Krall offers 'Quiet Nights'updated: Tue Apr 21 2009 18:13:00

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.

Fiesta time in the Cuban capitalupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 12:28:00

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.

Jazz man is first African-American to solo on U.S. circulating coinupdated: Tue Feb 24 2009 12:57:00

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.

CNN Student News Learning Activities: Black History Monthupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 11:45:00

Use these activities to encourage your students to learn about and appreciate the history, culture and achievements of African-Americans.

Commentary: Let's treasure the old along with the newupdated: Sun Jan 18 2009 19:18:00

On the dawn of the most historic inauguration of our time, we nervously await "change we can believe in."

Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard diesupdated: Tue Dec 30 2008 04:38:00

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.

Quincy Jones feels like he's 'just starting'updated: Thu Dec 18 2008 07:51:00

If there's one thing Quincy Jones can't stand, it's people without a sense of history.

Review: 'Cadillac' rides smoothlyupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 09:21:00

"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.

Wynton Marsalis' heroupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 06:20:00

Musician Wynton Marsalis' hero, Davey Yarborough, uses jazz to inspire young people.

Changing kids' lives through jazzupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 06:20:00

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.

Poland: Jazz and all that politicsupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 06:05:00

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.

Time.com: Jazzman Johnny Griffin Dead at 80updated: Sat Jul 26 2008 19:00:00

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 diesupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 22:13:00

Bo Diddley, the musical pioneer whose songs melded rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 79.

Guitarist Bo Diddley dead at 79updated: Mon Jun 02 2008 22:13:00

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.

People.com: Music Pioneer Bo Diddley Dies at 79updated: Mon Jun 02 2008 18:16:00

VIDEO: The influential musician helped the blues evolve into rock 'n' roll

Time.com: Legendary Bluesman Bo Diddley Diesupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 13:00:00

Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll and an inspiration for legions of musicians, died Monday at the age of 79

Time.com: Jackson's 'Thriller' Among Cultural Treasuresupdated: Wed May 14 2008 11:00:00

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

People.com: MUSIC ROUNDUP: Mariah Carey Lights Up the Empire State Buildingupdated: Fri Apr 25 2008 18:06:00

Grammy-winner Mariah Carey Рwhose new No. 1 album, E = MC2, sold 463,000 copies in its first week Рis 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 Presley̢۪s record of 17 No. 1 hits with her 18th, "Touch My Body."

In surprise, Herbie Hancock wins album of the yearupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 11:43:00

It looked like it was going to be all Amy Winehouse -- until the end.

Herbie Hancock rides on the 'River'updated: Mon Feb 04 2008 15:17:00

Herbie Hancock has been here before.

Jazz legend rememberedupdated: Tue Dec 25 2007 10:10:00

Pianist Oscar Peterson succumbs to kidney failure at his home in Ontario, Canada, dying at the age of 82.

Tony Bennett remains true to standardsupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 15:40:00

Tony Bennett is having the last laugh -- again.

Bruce Hornsby jazzes up his careerupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 03:05:00

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."

Time.com: Jazz Master Max Roach Dies at 83updated: Thu Aug 16 2007 16:00:00

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 remembers Montereyupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 11:58:00

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.

Big names, experience set Monterey apartupdated: Thu Sep 07 2006 11:21:00

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.

Beat goes on for Katrina musicianupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 09:28:00

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.

Wang Lee Hom Talkasia Transcriptupdated: Fri Jun 16 2006 02:56:00

LH: Lorraine Hahn WL: Wang Lee Hom

showbuzzupdated: Fri Feb 17 2006 10:10:00

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.

Warsaw Insider Tipsupdated: Fri Feb 03 2006 08:30:00

Do you have an inside tip on Warsaw? Send us your suggestions below.

The circle of jazzupdated: Tue Sep 06 2005 16:52:00

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.

'You have to learn what you don't like'updated: Tue Sep 06 2005 16:34:00

H. Johnson has pretty much heard it all.

The music of 'The Blues Brothers'updated: Tue Aug 30 2005 11:22:00

Several noted R&B singers and musicians played roles -- and songs -- in "The Blues Brothers." Among them:

Jazz Musician, Diana Krall TalkAsia Interview Transcriptupdated: Fri Apr 29 2005 03:28:00

Airdate: March 16th, 2005

FSB: Undiscovered Classicsupdated: Fri Apr 01 2005 00:01:00

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 ...

Monterey Jazz Festival swings into actionupdated: Wed Sep 15 2004 09:16:00

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.

Piano legend McPartland: Cool jazz still hotupdated: Wed Sep 15 2004 09:10:00

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.

United States rich with musical streetsupdated: Mon Jul 05 2004 10:22:00

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 dead at 73 updated: Thu Jun 10 2004 15:46:00

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.

Crooner Michael Bublé picks up where Sinatra left offupdated: Thu Jun 10 2004 14:27:00

Backstage at the Hollywood Roosevelt snaps with energy as Michael Bublé delivers a preshow pep talk to his musicians: "Get wild, get crazy," he tells them on his CD/DVD release, "Come Fly With Me."

showbuzzupdated: Fri Apr 30 2004 11:01:00

The blues are back at Chess Records Studio.

Wynton Marsalis on 'The Magic Hour'updated: Tue Mar 16 2004 12:56:00

Before he'd finished high school, Wynton Marsalis was already a legend in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Jan 30 2004 11:56:00

Tony Randall is recuperating from pneumonia following bypass surgery in December, his publicist said Thursday.

Fortune: Do you have time to keep up with the latest in movies, books, food, drink, fashion, and design? Didn't tupdated: Mon Oct 06 2003 00:01:00

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Fortune: The Playlistupdated: Mon Jul 23 2001 00:01:00

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Money Magazine: Rock Alternatives Where to explore three other American musical movementsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2001 00:01:00

American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo. 816-474-8463; www.americanjazzmuseum.com. Listen to recordings by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker or sit in on twice-monthly lectures by li...

Fortune: Playlistupdated: Mon Feb 19 2001 00:01:00

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Fortune: The Transpacific In-Flight Playlistupdated: Mon Mar 06 2000 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Sing Me a Song, Mr. Piano Man...Excuse Me, Orchestraupdated: Mon Mar 15 1999 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Roy Eldridge's Special Geniusupdated: Mon Dec 21 1998 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: In Fusion: Rebirth Of The Coolupdated: Sun Nov 01 1998 00:01:00

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...

Fortune: Satch's Heir Emergesupdated: Mon Jul 20 1998 00:01:00

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.

Fortune: Mingus' Ghost Howls In NYCupdated: Mon Jun 08 1998 00:01:00

Need a wake-up call? Bored with music that's too familiar, too nice? Try the Mingus Big Band. You may never sleep again.

Fortune: COOL FUSIONupdated: Mon Sep 08 1997 00:01:00

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 ...

Fortune: A SWEET SET FROM ELLAupdated: Mon Jan 13 1997 00:01:00

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...

Money Magazine: ONE OF THESE ROMANTIC CDS COULD MAKE YOUR VALENTINE'S DAYupdated: Thu Feb 01 1996 00:01:00

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.

Fortune: FEELING GOOD ABOUT THE BLUESupdated: Mon Jun 26 1995 00:01:00

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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