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Date of Birth: November 29, 1915 (101)
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Ailey's Opening Night Gala & Party Launches Five Week Holiday SeasonAiley's Opening Night Gala & Party Launches Five Week Holiday Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's holiday season at New York City Centerálaunched on November 30tháwith an Opening Night Gala Benefit performance and party that honoredáDiageo, North America,árepresented by Almaz & Marc S. Strachan. (more...)

Music Institute of Chicago Announces Holiday EventsMusic Institute of Chicago Announces Holiday Events
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

TheáMusic Institute of Chicagoáwelcomes the holiday season and the new year with a series of events for Chicago-area music lovers of all ages. Except where noted, events offer FREE admission and take place atáNichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. (more...)

BWW Review: WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES - This Must-See Gots Lotza Swing!BWW Review: WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES - This Must-See Gots Lotza Swing!
by Gil Kaan - Nov 21, 2016

Aficionados of jazz, blues, or just good music; RUN, don't walk, to experience the world premiere of playwright Carol Eglash-Kosoff's WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES. A stunning combination of musical talents converge to sing, dance and emote the hell out of Eglash-Kosoff's story of jazz pianist/lyricist/arranger/composer Billy Strayhorn. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUESPhoto Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

Upcoming World Premiere Musical 'LUSH LIFE' changes its title to 'WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES'Upcoming World Premiere Musical 'LUSH LIFE' changes its title to 'WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. (more...)

Chucho Valdes-Joe Lovano Quintet, Steve Ross and More Coming Up at BirdlandChucho Valdes-Joe Lovano Quintet, Steve Ross and More Coming Up at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup foráNovember 21-27, featuringáChucho Valdes-Joe Lovano Quintet,áSteve Ross,áEric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

The AZ Swing Kings to Present THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and ALL THAT JAZZ 11/22The AZ Swing Kings to Present THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and ALL THAT JAZZ 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

OnáTuesday, November 22átheáAZ Swing Kingsábring youáThe Great American Songbook and All That Jazz! TheáAZ Swing KingsáOrchestra is a Valley favorite and consists of 18 instrumentalists and a vocalist. The orchestra is under the direction of Lenny King - former creator and director of the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra - and all the musicians are experienced professional performers playing original arrangements made famous by the such great bands as: Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Maynard Ferguson and many others. The featured vocalist is Joni King. (more...)

Maria Guida to 'SWING THE STANDARDS' at The Metropolitan RoomMaria Guida to 'SWING THE STANDARDS' at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Maria Guida Swings the Standards is set for The Metropolitan Room next month. (more...)

Maria Guida to 'SWING THE STANDARDS' at The Metropolitan RoomMaria Guida to 'SWING THE STANDARDS' at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Maria Guida Swings the Standards is set for The Metropolitan Room next month. (more...)

Billy Strayhorn Musical LUSH LIFE to Premiere Next Month at the MatrixBilly Strayhorn Musical LUSH LIFE to Premiere Next Month at the Matrix
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of LUSH LIFE, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. LUSH LIFE begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

The Grammy Award-winningáHarlem Quartetáteams up with Cuban piano virtuoso and composeráAldo Lopez-GavilanáToday, October 21, 8 PMáfor a program of jazz standards plus original jazz compositions by Aldo Lopez-Gavilan.á The concert takes place at Wayne State University's Schaver Music Recital Hall, located at 480 W. Hancock (between Cass & Second Avenues) on the campus of Wayne State University.á Tickets, priced at $30 for adults and $15 for students, are available online atwww.CMSDetroit.orgáor by phone atá248-855-6070. (more...)

Music Institute and Dance Chicago to DUKE IT OUT! with Nutcracker AdaptationMusic Institute and Dance Chicago to DUKE IT OUT! with Nutcracker Adaptation
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The Music Institute of Chicago collaborates with Dance Chicago to present a family concert, 'Duke It Out!,' Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. (more...)

Sam Fazio to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below This OctoberSam Fazio to Return to Feinstein's/54 Below This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2016

Chicago-based vocalist Sam Fazio returns to Manhattan's Feinstein's/54 Below for a special evening on October 8th at 9:30pm. (more...)

New Album 'Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs' to Be Released Oct. 21New Album 'Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs' to Be Released Oct. 21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Setting down roots in Pittsburgh two years ago has borne fruit for alto saxophonist Richie Cole in the form of his beautiful new album, 'Richie Cole Plays Ballads & Love Songs.' The CD, his first all-ballads album, will be released on his Richie Cole Presents imprint on October 21. (more...)

Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Kate Baldwin and More Set for October at Feinstein's/54 BelowAdam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Kate Baldwin and More Set for October at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

This September, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)

Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Kate Baldwin and More Set for October at Feinstein's/54 BelowAdam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Kate Baldwin and More Set for October at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

This September, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The Grammy Award-winningáHarlem Quartetáteams up with Cuban piano virtuoso and composeráAldo Lopez-GavilanáFriday, October 21, 8 PMáfor a program of jazz standards plus original jazz compositions by Aldo Lopez-Gavilan.á The concert takes place at Wayne State University's Schaver Music Recital Hall, located at 480 W. Hancock (between Cass & Second Avenues) on the campus of Wayne State University.á Tickets, priced at $30 for adults and $15 for students, are available online atwww.CMSDetroit.orgáor by phone atá248-855-6070. (more...)

Music Institute Presents Sergei Babayan, Louis Armstrong Legacy Concert, and More in 16-17 SeasonMusic Institute Presents Sergei Babayan, Louis Armstrong Legacy Concert, and More in 16-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2016

TheáMusic Institute of Chicagoáannounces the 2016-17 season of its Faculty and Guest Artist Series, showcasing noteworthy keyboard artists, illustrious alumni, and the legacy of Louis Armstrong. All but one of the concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in downtown Evanston. In March, the Music Institute presents one special performance at its partner venue, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street in downtown Chicago. (more...)

TORCH, SASS AND SWING Hits Steppenwolf's LookOut SeriesTORCH, SASS AND SWING Hits Steppenwolf's LookOut Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Torch songs, smoky clubs and great music... The 70's in Chicago was a time of amazing people and music for a fresh young face out of Minnesota. áSuzanne Petri, Bobby Schiff, Jim Cox and Robert Breuleráshare fantastic stories of the great Chicago clubs such as Mr. Kelly's, The London House, Chez Paree and The Happy Medium. (more...)

Music Institute Presents Sergei Babayan, Louis Armstrong Legacy Concert, and More in 16-17 SeasonMusic Institute Presents Sergei Babayan, Louis Armstrong Legacy Concert, and More in 16-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

TheáMusic Institute of Chicagoáannounces the 2016-17 season of its Faculty and Guest Artist Series, showcasing noteworthy keyboard artists, illustrious alumni, and the legacy of Louis Armstrong. All but one of the concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in downtown Evanston. In March, the Music Institute presents one special performance at its partner venue, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street in downtown Chicago. (more...)

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