Bettye Lavette News

Hollywood Bowl Kicks Off JAZZ AT THE BOWL CONCERTS on 7/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 01, 2014

The 2014 Jazz at the Bowl Series begins July 9, 2014 as The Count Basie Orchestra and special guests celebrate the music of Ella Fitzgerald. The series also features, among others, Boz Scaggs, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Herbie Hancock, a Christian McBride-directed James Brown Celebration, John Legend recreating Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, Peter Frampton, Marcus Miller, and more. The season marks Herbie Hancock's fifth year as Creative Chair for Jazz. (more...)

Clearwater Festival to Pay Tribute to Pete & Toshi Seeger, 6/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) on June 21 and 22 in beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY marks the first event since the passing of its founders, musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi Seeger. Clearwater 2014 promises to be a special celebration of the Seeger's and their legacy - hosting many Clearwater friends old and new, many of who will perform special musical tributes during the event. (more...)

2014 Clearwater Festival to Honor Pete & Toshi Seeger, 6/21-22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival), the country's oldest and largest music and environmental festival, brings together major musical acts and Clearwater's own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2014, which takes place on June 21 and 22, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY, recently announced its lineup of musical headliners. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Welcomes Bettye LaVette to Zankel Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Award-winning rhythm and blues singer Bettye Lavette performs songs from her 50 year career, including selections from her latest album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, tonight, March 21 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall. (more...)

Carnegie Hall to Welcome Bettye LaVette to Zankel Hall, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

Award-winning rhythm and blues singer Bettye Lavette performs songs from her 50 year career, including selections from her latest album, Thankful N' Thoughtful, on Friday, March 21 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall. (more...)

HBO Debuts HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. television rights to HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE (more...)

HBO to Premiere Documentary HERBLOCK, 1/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

Featuring interviews with former colleagues and fans such as Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ted Koppel, Lewis Black, Gwen Ifill and Jon Stewart, this fascinating documentary debuts MONDAY, JAN. 27 (9:00-10:35 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. (more...)

HBO to Debut HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE, 1/27
by TV News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. television rights to HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE (more...)

HBO to Premiere Documentary HERBLOCK, 1/27
by TV News Desk - Jan 08, 2014

Featuring interviews with former colleagues and fans such as Tom Brokaw, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ted Koppel, Lewis Black, Gwen Ifill and Jon Stewart, this fascinating documentary debuts MONDAY, JAN. 27 (9:00-10:35 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. (more...)

FIDDLER AT 50, The Maccabeats, GREASE Sing-Along and More Set for JCCSF's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 04, 2014

The highly successful Arts & Ideas program at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) continues into 2014 with an array of fascinating thinkers, writers and entertainers. (more...)

Joe's Pub Reflects on 15th Anniversary Season; Preps for 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 02, 2014

In 2013 Joe's Pub at The Public launched its 15th Anniversary season and was named one of the top ten music venues in the country by Rolling Stone magazine. It was a busy year, and there are no signs of slowing down in 2014. With a new sound system, record-setting ticket sales and some of the most eclectic programming New York City has to offer, Joe's Pub continues to set the standard for showcase venues worldwide. (more...)

Lake Street Dive to Play Zankel Hall, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

On Friday, February 7 at 10:00 p.m., Lake Street Dive brings its mix of soul, folk, and jazz to Zankel Hall as part of the ninth annual WFUV Live at Zankel concert series. The band, composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike "McDuck" Olson will perform original songs from their forthcoming album, Bad Self Portraits, which is to be released on February 18, 2014. The quartet's previous albums have included fresh takes on popular songs (Fun Machine, released in 2012); a live album and concert-film (Live at the Lizard Lounge, released in 2011); and 2010's self-titled debut album of original songs. "It seems the only limitation we have," Kearney explains, "is that we try to make music that we would like listening to." (more...)

Photo Coverage: 92Y Tributes Mike Stoller for 80th Birthday
by Stephen Sorokoff - Dec 10, 2013

Last night, 92Y celebrated songwriting legend Mike Stoller on the occasion of his 80th year with An 80th Birthday Celebration, a one-night-only Lyrics & Lyricists Special Event hosted by Paul Shaffer and directed and written by Randy Johnson (director/writer of A Night withJanis Joplin). Performers included: legendary vocal group The Coasters, along with artists Karen Akers,Mary Bridget Davies, Corky Hale, Maria Elena Infantino,Sally Kellerman, Bettye Lavette, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Tommy Tune and Steve Tyrell. Backed by Tyrell's band, the artists performed some of the greatest songs written by Stoller with his longtime lyricist partner Jerry Leiber and others. Check out photos from the special event below! (more...)

Grammy Nominee Bettye LaVette Set for Ridgefield Playhouse Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 07, 2013

Fifty years in show business deserves celebration! With a voice as powerful as Etta James' and a story as compelling as Tina Turner's, Grammy-nominee and veteran jazz artist Bettye Lavette is finally gaining the superstar status that has eluded her since the 1960s. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock 'n' roll, gospel, funk and country music. Accompanied by bass, guitar, drums and keyboard, this Grammy Award nominee has earned superstar accolades for her new album, Thankful and Thoughtful. This soul sensation and 2012 Blues Music Award winner has The New York Times raving that LaVette 'now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation's most vital soul singer,' and her velvet-rich voice and gospel-based blues have earned the admiration of everyone from Paul McCartney to Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello. On Today, November 7, at 8 p.m., this accomplished artist will entertain at The Ridgefield Playhouse. To enhance this evening of jazz, a wine and cheese tasting by No. 109 Cheese & Wine starts at 7:15 p.m. with an art exhibit and artist's reception. (more...)

FIDDLER AT 50, The Maccabeats, GREASE Sing-Along and More Set for JCCSF's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 06, 2013

The highly successful Arts & Ideas program at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF) continues into 2014 with an array of fascinating thinkers, writers and entertainers. (more...)

HBO Documentary Films Acquires TV Rights to HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE
by TV News Desk - Oct 31, 2013

HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. television rights to HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE (more...)

92Y to Celebrate Mike Stoller with Bettye LaVette, The Coasters & More, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2013

On December 9, 2013 92Y celebrates songwriting legend Mike Stoller on the occasion of his 80th year with An 80th Birthday Celebration, a one-night-only Lyrics & Lyricists Special Event hosted by Paul Shaffer and directed and written by Randy Johnson (director/writer of A Night with Janis Joplin). Confirmed artists performing expected and unexpected interpretations from Stoller's genre-spanning career in blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll and jazz include legendary vocal group The Coasters, along with artists Karen Akers, Mary Bridget Davies, Corky Hale, Maria Elena Infantino, Sally Kellerman, Bettye Lavette, Melissa Manchester, Billy Stritch, Tommy Tune and Steve Tyrell. Backed by Tyrell's band, the artists perform some of the greatest songs written by Stoller with his longtime lyricist partner Jerry Leiber and others. Leiber will be the subject of a special tribute during the evening. Stoller is planning to be in attendance for the celebration. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse Announces Upcoming Schedule for November 2013
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2013

Connecticut's Ridgefield Playhouse has announced its upcoming schedule for November 2013 and beyond! (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Welcome Bettye LaVette, 11/7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

With a voice as powerful as Etta James' and a tale as gripping as Tina Turner's, the 2013 Blues Music Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist Bettye Lavette will be in concert with a new album Thankful and Thoughtful at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, November 7, at 8 p.m. Bettye is a Grammy-nominee and veteran jazz artist whom The New York Times raves "now rivals Aretha Franklin as her generation's most vital soul singer." With fifty years in show business, Bettye Lavette is celebrating her eclectic soul, blues, rock 'n' roll, gospel, funk and country music legacy. Bettye's band includes bass, guitar, drums and keyboard in a stunning performance of her velvet-rich voice and gospel-based blues. To start the evening of jazz, wine and art in style, there will be a wine and cheese tasting by No. 109 Cheese & Wine at 7:15 p.m. and art exhibit in the lobby. Piccolo's Pizza & Jazzeria (Prospect St., Ridgefield) is offering a free glass of wine with dinner the night of the show when tickets are presented. This event is underwritten by Acousticmusic.org and is part of the Xfinity Rock Series with support from the Connecticut Blues Society with media sponsor WSHU. (more...)

2013 JAZZ LOFT PARTY Benefits Jazz Foundation of America Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2013

Parmigiani Fleurier presents the 22nd annual JAZZ LOFT PARTY to benefit The Jazz Foundation of America. A Tribute to Claude Nobs, the celebration will include music, food and drink tonight, October 19, 2013, from 7 p.m. to midnight in NYC. (more...)

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