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Urban Movie Channel's Black Music Month Collection Features Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Earth Wind & Fire, and a Special Retrospective on Tupac Shakur
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Urban Movie Channel (UMC) is bringing viewers an exciting yet educational scope of titles in celebration of Black Music Month. Beginning on Friday, June 2, 2017, UMC's Black Music Month collection will include films featuring some of the culture's most prominent and beloved entertainers. Titles from the collection include the Damon Dash production Welcome to Blakroc, the documentary The Industry from Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Speaks Series, and the untold story of the legendary Sugarhill Gang, I Want My Name Back.From documentaries about late hip hop greats Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G., and Jam Master Jay;to concert performances from Earth Wind and Fire, Jimi Hendrix, and Unlocking the Truth; and little known stories of black musicians in history such as the enslaved pianist Thomas Greene Bethune and Queen of the Trumpet, Valaida Snow, UMC is the destination for the best of Black Music Month programming. (more...)

Jazz Starlet Bria Skonberg Covers Bjork's 'It's Oh So Quiet'
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg re-imagines it all on her new OKeh/Masterworks album, With a Twist. Coming off a recent Juno Award (Canada's version of The Grammys) for her first OKeh collection, Bria, Skonberg spins her cool and confident vocal style (more...)

Jazz Starlet Bria Skonberg Stirs Things Up WITH A TWIST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

The euphoric buzz of New York, over cocktails on the edge of evening, alive with possibilities…anything goes. (more...)

Bria Skonberg Releases 'With A Twist ... In Every Sense' 5/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The euphoric buzz of New York, over cocktails on the edge of evening, alive with possibilities…anything goes. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues."  (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company Presents THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Rubicon Theatre Company celebrates Black History Month with THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF BESSIE SMITH, starring singer and actress Miche Braden of the original Off-Broadway production (named one of the 10 Best Off-Broadway productions of the year by the N.Y. Daily Times). Described by CBC as a, "bawdy, bluesy, boozy rollicking night out at the theatre," the show follows the life, loves and career of blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith, called the "Empress of the Blues." (more...)

Site-Specific SUGAR RAY to Play New Harlem Besame Restaurant, 2/26-3/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Sugar Ray Robinson was, pound for pound, the greatest boxer of all time. In his 25-year professional career, from 1940 to 1965, he was boxing history's first winner of five divisional championships (in the middle weight and welterweight divisions). (more...)

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant Makes Segerstrom Center Debut This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Segerstrom Center welcomes emerging vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant in four powerful performances this weekend, November 14 & 15 in Samueli Theater and will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist/composer Aaron Diehl. (more...)

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Segerstrom Center welcomes emerging vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant in four powerful performances on November 14 & 15 in Samueli Theater and will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist/composer Aaron Diehl. (more...)

New Jersey Jazz Society to Present The Bria Skonberg Quartet, Feat. Tia Fuller and Nicki Parrott, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Triple threat bandleader BRIA SKONBERG will be showcasing her trumpet, vocal and compositional talents at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Sunday March 30th. In 2013 she earned a Jazz Journalists' Association nomination for "Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year" and is included in DOWNBEAT Magazine's Rising Star Critics' Poll. She has recently been honored with a New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist". Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and instigative nature, she is creating an adventurous style rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues, pop, soul and cabaret. One review states, 'I was kind of thinking Norah Jones, Diana Krall but with a dose of the bubbly.' (more...)

Fiddlehead Theatre to Host Talkbacks with Andrew Lippa & Brian Cawley During A LITTLE PRINCESS RUN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2013

Fiddlehead Theatre Company announces two talkbacks during the run of A Little Princess, Fiddlehead's first production as Resident Company at Boston's historic Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA). A Little Princess will run from November 21 -December 8, 2013, and will feature two appearances by the creative team behind A Little Princess: Composer Andrew Lippa will provide a talkback on Friday, November 29 hosted by WGBH's Jared Bowen, and playwright Brian Crawley will take the stage on Friday, December 6. Both sessions are free for ticket-holders, who are invited to stay after the performance to participate in an audience Q&A. These events are perfect for theater students, educators, drama departments, and fans of musical theater. Tickets for A Little Princess are $25-$45 and may be purchased by calling the box office at 617-229-6494 or online at www.fiddleheadtheatre.com. Student, senior and group discounts are available. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago Presents VIOLET, 9/16-10/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2011

Bailiwick Chicago's upcoming production of the award-winning off-Broadway hit 'Violet,' a powerful and heartwarming story of a vulnerable young woman's challenges, loves and emotional journey, will now be staged September 16 - October 16 at the Mercury Theater, 3745 North Southport Avenue. With a score by Jeanine Tesori ('Caroline or Change' 'Thoroughly Modern Millie') and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, 'Violet' is directed by Bailiwick Artistic Advisor Elizabeth Margolius. The press night is Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Bailiwick Chicago Presents VIOLET, 9/16-10/16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2011

Bailiwick Chicago's upcoming production of the award-winning off-Broadway hit 'Violet,' a powerful and heartwarming story of a vulnerable young woman's challenges, loves and emotional journey, will now be staged September 16 - October 16 at the Mercury Theater, 3745 North Southport Avenue. With a score by Jeanine Tesori ('Caroline or Change' 'Thoroughly Modern Millie') and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, 'Violet' is directed by Bailiwick Artistic Advisor Elizabeth Margolius. The press night is Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Penguin Rep Presents The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2011

Penguin Rep Theatre (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director, and Andrew M. Horn, Executive Director) and Edmund Gaynes, in association with Don and Lizanne Mitchell, will present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, a musical by Angelo Parra, conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. (more...)

Penguin Rep Presents The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2011

Penguin Rep Theatre (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director, and Andrew M. Horn, Executive Director) and Edmund Gaynes, in association with Don and Lizanne Mitchell, will present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, a musical by Angelo Parra, conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. (more...)

Penguin Rep Presents The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2011

Penguin Rep Theatre (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director, and Andrew M. Horn, Executive Director) and Edmund Gaynes, in association with Don and Lizanne Mitchell, will present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, a musical by Angelo Parra, conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. (more...)

Penguin Rep Presents The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2011

Penguin Rep Theatre (Joe Brancato, Artistic Director, and Andrew M. Horn, Executive Director) and Edmund Gaynes, in association with Don and Lizanne Mitchell, will present The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, a musical by Angelo Parra, conceived and directed by Joe Brancato. (more...)

'THE DEVIL'S MUSIC' Opens at New Brunswick Playhouse 3/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2008

Angelo Parra's The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith will be performed at the New Brunswick Playhouse, running March 3?29. Miche Braden, who portrayed Bessie Smith in the previous productions of the play, will recreate the title role once more. (more...)