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Date of Birth: November 29, 1915 (101)
Gender: Male
Nobody Can Swing Like Them! Meet the Full Cast of BANDSTAND, Opening Tonight on BroadwayNobody Can Swing Like Them! Meet the Full Cast of BANDSTAND, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 26, 2017

The brand new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) with music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, opens tonight, April 26, at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45 Street). Scroll down to get to know the company before tonight's opening bows! (more...)

Vivian Reed Releases New Album STANDARDS AND MORE, Slates Fall NYC ReturnVivian Reed Releases New Album STANDARDS AND MORE, Slates Fall NYC Return
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Vivian Reed - the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist - has announced her new album 'Standards and More.' (more...)

DECFA to Screen Duke Ellington's TV Special A DRUM IS A WOMANDECFA to Screen Duke Ellington's TV Special A DRUM IS A WOMAN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2017

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA) will present a special screening of Duke Ellington's rarely seen TV special, A Drum Is A Woman at the Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street) on Friday, March 24, from 3:00 to 4:45 PM. The event is the second installment in DECFA's new MOOD ELLINGTON series of special programs focusing on the musical legacy of Duke Ellington -- America's most productive composer of the 20th century. (more...)

Rosenwinkel & Caipi CD Release Celebration and More Coming Up at BirdlandRosenwinkel & Caipi CD Release Celebration and More Coming Up at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2017

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for March 13-March 19, including Kurt Rosenwinkel and Caipi CD Release Celebration, "Songwriter Circle" featuring Paul Scott Goodman, Neil Berg, Gabe Violett, Rita Harvey, Selda Said & Derek Gregor, Eric Comstock, and more. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Birdland Anounces March 2017 ScheduleBirdland Anounces March 2017 Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts: (more...)

Reservoir Signs Multi-Platinum Grammy-Nominated Producer Just Blaze to Worldwide Publishing DealReservoir Signs Multi-Platinum Grammy-Nominated Producer Just Blaze to Worldwide Publishing Deal
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

As reported in Forbes, Reservoir announces the signing of multi-Platinum Grammy-nominated producer Just Blaze to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement, which marks Blaze's first-ever global publishing deal, includes rights to his entire catalog including future works. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTANDSwing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

Nancy Valentine to Sing the Music of Billy Strayhorn at APAP ShowcaseNancy Valentine to Sing the Music of Billy Strayhorn at APAP Showcase
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Nancy Valentine will perform 'LOVESOME: Nancy Valentine Sings The Music Of Billy Strayhorn' as part of this year's APAP Showcase on Friday, January 6th, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: Momentum Dance Theatre's JAZZ HIP HOP NUTCRACKERBWW Review: Momentum Dance Theatre's JAZZ HIP HOP NUTCRACKER
by Roger Catlin - Dec 13, 2016

Of the variations of Tchaikovsky's classics that take over the holiday season, Duke Ellington's 'The Nutcracker Suite' is one that's had staying power. The 1960 arrangement with Billy Strayhorn showed an irreverent, relaxed, cool jazz approach, with a sense of humor. (more...)

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 Center launched on November 30th with an Opening Night Gala Benefit performance and party that honored Diageo, North America, represented 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

The Music Institute of Chicago welcomes 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 at Nichols 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 for November 21-27, featuring Chucho Valdes-Joe Lovano Quintet, Steve Ross, Eric 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

On Tuesday, November 22 the AZ Swing Kings bring you The Great American Songbook and All That Jazz! The AZ Swing Kings Orchestra 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-winning Harlem Quartet teams up with Cuban piano virtuoso and composer Aldo Lopez-Gavilan Today, October 21, 8 PM for a program of jazz standards plus original jazz compositions by Aldo Lopez-Gavilan.  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.  Tickets, priced at $30 for adults and $15 for students, are available online atwww.CMSDetroit.org or by phone at 248-855-6070. (more...)

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