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Google Hangout Colossus: Saxophone's Sonny Rollins Takes to a G-Chat Session on May 5 at Noon EST

Well, Sonny Rollins couldn't get much cooler. The frizzy-haired tenor saxophonist will drop a line at Google for an interesting Google Hangout Session.

Audra McDonald Contends Tony Legacy With a New Interpretation of the Late Billie Holiday

Audra McDonald yearns to net a sixth for her portrayal of, none other, Billie Holiday. McDonald currently ties Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for wins

Back of The Billboards: 'East' by Nathan East

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 ...

STILLS: Alan Roth's Latest Doc 'The Breath Courses Through Us' Shows Off New York Art Quartet in Anthology Film Archives Premiere

As Roth explained to us via email: "One of the joys of working on projects like this is getting to know and become friends with all these musicians. I had a real nice connection with Baraka over the years, and I looked forward to the day when each or ...

South African Pride: Paul Simon Joins Hugh Masekela's 75th Birthday Celebration at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 4

In celebration of Hugh Masekela's 75th birthday, the South African icon will make an appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center joined by the famous Americana pioneer Paul Simon (April 4 only).

Magical Mystery Tour: Listen to Blur Bassist Alex James' Musical Salute to Bournemouth on Classic FM

Bournemouth-born cheese-lover Alex James explores the rich cultural history of the U.K. south coast town.

Conductor Kent Nagano Talks California Surfing, WWII Internment, Messiaen Internship, Not Speaking Japanese and Frank Zappa

"Nearly every child I knew surfed because there's no admission to the sea." -- Kent Nagano

The New Singing Nun: Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia Wins Over J-Ax with Alicia Keys' "No One" on 'The Voice of Italy'

Singing nuns are everywhere, it seems. Sister Cristina Scuccia recently appeared on the Italian version of 'The Voice' and astonished the judges by singing Alicia Keys' "No One."

The Column: Will DreamCenter Shanghai Really Rival Broadway and the West End?

So, apparently Shanghai is going to be the next big theater center in the world. New York has Broadway, London has the West End, and now Dreamworks is piling $2.4 billion into the Chinese city to make it a third entertainment destination to rival ...

UPDATE: New York Mag's Pop Critic Jody Rosen Responds with Shelfie to Tongue-Tied Ted Gioa's Daily Beast Column

UPDATE: Like ex-SPIN scribe Charles Aaron tweeted at the start of the fracas, the best way to get another critic to recognize your work is to simply slag them off. And so, Jody Rosen of New York magazine's Vulture blog did just that...with a shelfie. ...

Olivier-Nominated 'The Full Monty' Musical Closes After One Month at Noel Coward, Writer Simon Beaufoy Petitions Producer David Pugh for More Time

In a shock move, The Full Monty is to end its West End run early and will close. The musical had gotten some good reviews and bagged an Olivier Award nomination, plus the previous musical theater incarnation of the hit film had been a success. The ...

How Did Child Singers Angelina Jordan, Amira Willighagen Learn to Sing Like Adults? By Studying at "YouTube University"

Before YouTube, it was unlikely that a nine-year-old would teach herself to sing opera, or a young Norwegian girl would learn to croon a jazz standard like Billie Holiday. But YouTube has become a repository for music of all styles and ethnicities, ...

REVIEW: Hasty Pudding Theatricals 166, 'Victorian Secrets,' @ Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse (3/15/14)

When one thinks of Harvard--Hasty Pudding Theatricals, specifically--one's mind is usually in Cambridge, Mass. Why shouldn't it be? HPT has roots there dating back to September 1, 1795. Yeah, it's the antepenultimate oldest club for nancy boy theater ...

Bruce Weber Talks DVD Reissue of Classic Chet Baker Doc, 'Let's Get Lost'

With a title borrowed from the song by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser in the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky (which Baker recorded for Pacific Records), Weber's doc remains the best, most revered look at the singing trumpeter's late era.

LINKS: L’Wren Scott Suicide, Big Data on 'Lion King,' Jazz in Little Rock Parks, Stooge Scott Asheton Dies, American Ballet Theatre in California

As New York Daily News reports: Scott was found hanging from a doorknob Monday morning after her assistant responded to a text from the designer, who was found fully clothed and without a note. Mick Jagger is said to be ‘completely shocked and ...

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