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Legendary Jazz Bassist Jaco Pastorius Gets Stephen Kijack Documentary Film Tribute in 'Jaco,' Robert Trujillo to Finance

Sweet. Bass guitar virtuoso Jaco Pastorius will be the focus of Stephen Kijak's new documentary. The film will be the official selection of this year's Record Store Day, and Omnivore Records--on a separate note--will release a collection of found ...

Classicalite's Five Best: Musical Moments in Harold Ramis Films

Harold Ramis passed away this week; we pay a classical music tribute to the great comedy filmmaker.

Pink Martini and The Von Trapps to Sing a Little Song from 'Dream a Little Dream' at Symphony Center in Chicago

Pink Martini will return to Symphony Center in Chicago on March 7 at 8:00 p.m., with special guests The von Trapps, the great-grandchildren of the famous 'Sound of Music' family. Together they will sing classic songs and selections from their latest ...

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost: Remembering Harold Ramis...or Dr. Egon Spengler in 'Ghostbusters'

While Ramis wore many hats as an actor and writer (Stripes, Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation and Groundhog Day, to name a few), his most famous persona came as the geek Ghostbuster, Egon Spengler.

Fire at Chicago's Harris Theater Closes Venue Through March 6; Performances of Duke Ellington’s ‘Queenie Pie’ Opera Rescheduled

Chicago's Harris Theater will remain closed through Thursday, March 6 after an electrical fire on Wednesday afternoon damaged operational and mechanical equipment in the busy performing arts venue. The theater is working to reschedule a number of ...

Two Surviving Photographs of Robert Johnson Deemed Property of Son, Claud Johnson, in Mississippi Supreme Court Ruling

Be mindful, they say, of your Robert Johnson property these days. His soul may be ne'er more, but the blues pioneer's physical imprint spans all of two known photographs. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the son of the Faustian ...

Grand Sport Vitesse Prestige Cuvee: Lang Lang Wakes Up in a New Bugatti Sports Car, Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne Coming?

He's not merely a piano virtuoso with some over-the-top tricks up his sleeve. And after a rather showy Grammy performance with trash forefathers Metallica, Lang Lang has entered a realm of commercial artistry few classical artists have been able to ...

We Don't Need No Education: Savannah School District Slashes Music Programs, National Survey Claims Music Classes Remain "Steady"

At Haven Elementary School--in Savannah, Ga.--students receive a mere four hours a month with music teacher Chris Miller in his mobile classroom, barely outfitted with a desk and some chairs.

Good Enough for Jazz: New Scientific Study Suggests Brain Correlation Between Music and Language

Like Chomsky said, the power of language stretches beyond mere dialogue and conversation. And like MIT's Marvin Minsky maintained, many art forms, too, have their own language-like associations (not conceived or exchanged orally but through the vast ...

Weasel Walter's Defunct ugEXPLODE Label Posting Brilliant Older Titles to Bandcamp for Discount Prices

Weasel Walter's ugEXPLODE Records hit the scene in 1991, built upon his wiley notion that extreme metal, noise rock and free jazz could exist peacefully on one man's mail-order imprint. Albert Ayler, Captain Beefheart, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, ...

Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Music Awards Set for May in Memphis

Here in 2014's class, three big sax men will be blown into the ranks: Big Jay McNeely, Eddie Shaw and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. Others luminaries will also be inducted in Memphis come May, including a posthumous nod to Holly Springs, Miss. patriarch ...

Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' Musical Taking Hit from Molestation Charges, Can Zach Braff Save the Box Office?

The ongoing ignominy of Woody Allen has brought with it a serious inquiry: Will public opinion hinder his career? Ever since Dylan Farrow wrote an open letter accusing Allen of molesting her when she was seven, an overwhelming majority have gone into ...

New York City Proves Worse for Jazz Musicians Than Ever Before, Says Gary Giddins

Jazzers have found it exceptionally hard over the years to make ends meet, existing outside the parameters of success here in the city. But now, a consensus from a CUNY Graduate Center panel reveals that jazz musicians have it harder than ever ...

Novelist Haruki Murakami's Cites Lost Tokyo Jazz Club Peter Cat as Influence, Harper's Aaron Gilbreath Journeys to Find It

Alas, the Peter Cat club closed in 1981. But the shuttering didn't taint Murakami's writing. In fact, jazz continued to be a fount of inspiration. To wit, Aaron Gilbreath at Harper's Magazine led a solo expedition to locate these inspirational ...

A Question for Sports Fanatics: What If Music Was Our National Pastime?

If sports didn't exist, we would have to find some other activity to focus our energies on as a community. It seems to be a deep-seated need in the human psyche to engage in one meaningful, shared activity. And I'm wondering if there was a time when ...

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