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Andy Razaf News

 
Date of Death: February 03, 1973

Birth Place: Washington, DC, USA
Jazz Power ON Honors Charlie Parker At 100 Photo Jazz Power ON Honors Charlie Parker At 100
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2020

Charlie Parker 100: Jazz Power ON, hosted by Eli Yamin, musician, educator and Managing Artistic Director of Jazz Power Initiative, celebrates the bebop genius of saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Choosing An Audition Song: 20 Selections for Altos Photo Choosing An Audition Song: 20 Selections for Altos
by Kori Lotito - May 1, 2019

To help get you started here are a few ideas for altos of songs and shows which should be familiar to your casting director but that they won't have heard twenty times already that day - be it your local community musical theatre, high school, college, or that big Broadway audition.

TRAV'LIN Musical Receives Regional Premiere At Arvada Center 4/5-4/28 Photo TRAV'LIN Musical Receives Regional Premiere At Arvada Center 4/5-4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2019

Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical, a joyful celebration of the Jazz Age with a classic jazz and blues score, is receiving its regional premiere at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities' Main Stage Theatre.  The show will run April 5 through 28 with the official opening on April 9.

Hammer Theatre in San Jose Announces Spring 2019 Season Photo Hammer Theatre in San Jose Announces Spring 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2019

The Hammer Theatre Center continues to bring thrilling cultural performances, world-class theatre, and fun-filled family acts to downtown San Jose as it announces an impressive line-up of events for spring 2019.

NYFOS Opens 2018-19 Season With A Celebration Of W. C. HANDY And The Birth Of The Blu Photo NYFOS Opens 2018-19 Season With A Celebration Of W. C. HANDY And The Birth Of The Blues
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2018

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG opens its 2018-2019 season with W. C. Handy and The Birth of the Blues. NYFOS celebrates W. C. Handy, often referred to as the "Father of the Blues," and his vast influence as a prominent African-American composer and publisher in the early 20th century.

BWW Review: If you AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' At Toby's, Why Not? Photo BWW Review: If you AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' At Toby's, Why Not?
by Cybele Pomeroy - Sep 28, 2018

Are you looking for a rollicking good cabaret show and a hearty meal? Are you in the mood for a musical history lesson? How about both? Toby's in Columbia presents AIN'T MISBEHAVIN,' The Fats Waller Musical Show through November 4th, and you should sit right down and buy yourself a ticket.

Maurice Hines To Host 40th Anniversary Concert Of EUBIE! Photo Maurice Hines To Host 40th Anniversary Concert Of EUBIE!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Maurice Hines, who starred in the original production of EUBIE!, the Tony-nominated musical from 1978 that celebrates the songs and stories of celebrated music titan Eubie Blake, will host the show's 40th-anniversary celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below today, July 10th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Maurice Hines To Host 40th Anniversary Concert Of EUBIE! Photo Maurice Hines To Host 40th Anniversary Concert Of EUBIE!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2018

Maurice Hines, who starred in the original production of EUBIE!, the Tony-nominated musical from 1978 that celebrates the songs and stories of celebrated music titan Eubie Blake, will host the show's 40th-anniversary celebration at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

EUBIE! Celebrates 40th Anniversary At Feinstein's/54 Below Photo EUBIE! Celebrates 40th Anniversary At Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

EUBIE!, the Tony-nominated musical from 1978 that celebrates the songs and stories of celebrated music titan Eubie Blake, will celebrate its 40th anniversary at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

NYFOS presents PROTEST at Merkin Concert Hall 2/27 Photo NYFOS presents PROTEST at Merkin Concert Hall 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Mikaela Bennett with NYFOS; photo by Karli Cadel On February 27 at 8:00 p.m., New York Festival of Song and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center present a new program devised by Steven Blier, entitled, simply, PROTEST. A cast of young, diverse and brilliant singers that includes Mikaela Bennett who just wowed the world in Michael Gordon's opera Acquanetta at the Protoype Festival performs songs by a panorama of composers, from Marc Blitzstein and Joni Mitchell to Randy Newman and Mohammed Fairouz. (View the complete program below.)

Brenda Braxton Leads Industry Reading of NYMF Musical TRAV'LIN Today Photo Brenda Braxton Leads Industry Reading of NYMF Musical TRAV'LIN Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical comes home to New York City for an invite-only industry reading featuring Brenda Braxton, who starred in the sold-out debut production at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) in 2010.

Brenda Braxton to Lead Industry Reading of NYMF Musical TRAV'LIN Photo Brenda Braxton to Lead Industry Reading of NYMF Musical TRAV'LIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2017

Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical comes home to New York City for an invite-only industry reading featuring Brenda Braxton, who starred in the sold-out debut production at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) in 2010.

Connecticut Premiere of TRAV'LIN Opens this Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

The Connecticut premiere of Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical opens this weekend at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in Washington, D.C. and New York City, including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  Performances being Thursday, May 11, Official Opening is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017.

TRAV'LIN Musical to Make Connecticut Debut at Seven Angels Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Following productions at Houston's Ensemble Theatre and Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, and development in New York City and Washington, D.C., including a sold-out run at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Trav'lin - The 1930s Harlem Musical receives its Connecticut Premiere at Waterbury's Seven Angels Theatre, beginning Thursday, May 11, 2017. Opening Night is Saturday, May 13, and the show runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017.

BWW Review: With THE GREAT JAZZ STANDARDS, Michael Feinstein Opens This Year's Jazz at Lincoln Center's 'Jazz and Popular Song Series' With Appealing Vitality
by Alix Cohen - Apr 16, 2016

I hear music, mighty fine music . . . Host Michael Feinstein sings with pristine bass accompaniment, as Musical Director Tedd Firth's Big Band filters in musician by musician. The sweetest sounds I ever heard . . . he continues as a light saxophone joins syncopated rhythm. Then whomp! All 17 players swing. Rarely have I heard sound design so perfectly balanced, appropriately favoring vocals. Feinstein remains smooth and easy riding the wave. 'You may wonder about the role of jazz in popular song . . . ' our host begins at the start of Jazz at Lincoln Center's first of three segments of the Jazz & Popular Song Series in the Appel Room. At a time when popular songs came and went with alacrity, jazz artists meeting for improvisational jam sessions needed pieces they all knew. Thus jazz mined popular music creating an intersection of the two art forms. Aided and abetted by four very different featured guests, Feinstein illuminates by example, not narrative.

Photo Flash: T. Oliver Reid and Carly Hughes Bring Harlem to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was proud to present Broadway/cabaret star T. Oliver Reid in his Birdland concert debut on Monday, February 8, with DROP ME OFF IN HARLEM. A portion of proceeds went to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below!

Jane Monheit, 'Jazz Party' & More Set for Birdland, Week of 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for February 8-14, Jane Monheit, Birdland Jazz Party, Barbara Carroll and more!

VIDEOS: Five Broadway Songs That Confronted American Audiences On Racism
by Michael Dale - Jan 18, 2016

Five moments when Broadway songwriters risked shocking and angering patrons with discomforting truths.

Linda Lavin, NUTTY PROFESSOR Reunion and More Set for Birdland This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its February 2016 lineup, featuring Jane Monheit, Monterey Jazz Allstars, Nicolas King, The Birdland Big Band, Showbiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, John Pizzarelli Quartet, Birdland Jazz Party, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Scroll down for details!

2016 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME Inductees Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its vaunted GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®.

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