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Third Eye Blind: Totally Not Gay Hugh Jackman, Again, to Host 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8

An Emmy award-winner for his 2004 gig as a Tony-giver, Wolverine himself, Hugh "Logan" Jackman, will make an unprecedented third-time appearance as the much sought-after host of the 68th annual Tony Awards on June 8.

Back of The Billboards: 'Fun Machine' by Lake Street Dive

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the ...

Anthony Braxton Hosts Tri-Centric Series at Roulette, Featuring His Four-Act Opera 'Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables)'

April will surely be a busy month for Anthony Braxton, what with several performances at Roulette (a favored venue, indeed) in Brooklyn.

UPDATE: 'Dancing With the Stars' Now Fires Music Director Harold Wheeler

If it weren't enough to have to tell his band to hit the road, now their leader must follow suit. Yup, Dancing With the Stars has announced that it has fired its music director, Harold Wheeler.

UPDATE: Jazz Saxophonist Rob Vineberg Implicated in Selling Heroin that Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

The presence of heroin in the jazz has always proved staggering. It claimed the life of greats like Charlie Parker, and now, less than great saxophonist Robert Vineberg is suspected to have sold the lethal dose of heroin that took Philip Seymour ...

'Dancing With The Stars' Names Ray Chew New Bandleader

Less than a week after letting go of Harold Wheeler and his orchestra, ABC named Ray Chew as the director of Dancing With The Stars.

LINKS: V. Vale's 'Melancholic Hope,' Commissioned by the Bar, Greatest Jazz Films Ever, When Philip Glass Met Ravi Shankar, 'At the Ballet' Movie

Once again, a mere 99 cents gets you the latest piano piece, 'Melancholic Hope,' from the founder of RE/Search Publications. Composed for a friend whose mother had just passed away, these seven minutes from V. Vale are what I'd want to hear should ...

Duke Ellington's Jazz Opera 'Queenie Pie' Proves Difficult for the Stage, Just Not for Chicago Opera Theater

It wasn't enough for Duke Ellington to contribute some 3,000 songs to the Great American Fakebook. No, towards the end of his life, he began composing a jazz opera: Queenie Pie.

Quickies: James Rhodes on Classical Sexism, Boulez Gets Cleveland Laurel, Schick on Stockhausen, Global Online Orchestra, Paul Ryan's NEA

"Why is sexism still tolerated in our industry? We need an immediate and total change in attitudes across the board." -- James Rhodes

Irondale Ensemble, American Opera Projects Premiere 'Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom' and 'Color Between the Lines'

The Irondale Ensemble Project and American Opera Projects have partnered up for the Lines of Freedom Festival, which celebrates the lives and achievements of the African-American community. With two shows at the end of the month, Lines of Freedom ...

LINKS: Memphis Symphony Done?, 'Spider-Man' Actor Sues, End of 'Destination: Out,' Stockhausen's Murdered Mother, Ranking Sports TV Songs

According to the Memphis Business Journal, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra has announced that it is facing a financial crisis, requiring "aggressive steps" to complete the current season.

Third Man Records and Revenant Facing Legal Action over 'Paramount Records' Collection

The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27), Perhaps the highlight of all music collections released during 2013, may be in trouble as its second volume is planned. A New Orleans jazz organization has claimed however that it owns the ...

Ornithology: Charlie Parker Gets His "Be-Bopera" Debut with Daniel Schnyder's 'Yardbird' in Philadelphia

Saxophone colossus Charlie Parker may finally get his operatic light. Opera Philadelphia has commissioned a "be-bopera" from Daniel Schnyder, and we are just too excited for that.

Feels So Good: Flugelhorn Virtuoso Chuck Mangione Releases Limited Edition 'My Funny Valentine' LP Gift Set

The great American fugelhorn player, Chuck Mangione, creator of the 1977 smash jazz-pop single "Feels So Good" is set to releases an LP just in time for the lover's holiday.

Herbie Hancock's Famous 'Head Hunters' Rediscovered on The Vinyl Factory's "Roots & Branches"

This go around, TVF explores Herbie Hancock's iconic Head Hunters (1973) LP and the various records that it influenced.

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