75-year-old Sammie Moore, aka “Ironing Board Sam,” has been playing and singing the blues for 55 years. Listen to him sing “Over the Rainbow.” Continue reading
Legendary singer Tony Bennett found an unlikely collaborator in shape-shifting pop superstar Lady Gaga. The two have united for a jazzy album of popular American standards called “Cheek to Cheek.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bennett to discuss their hit album and keeping jazz alive. Continue reading
San Francisco radio stations KOIT-FM and KFOG-FM have pledged to remove the signature chart-topping song “Royals” from their airwaves until the end of Major League Baseball’s World Series.
A superstar of classical music might normally draw a huge crowd, but that wasn’t the case when violin virtuoso Joshua Bell held an impromptu recital in a Metro station in 2007 — largely ignored by a few thousand commuters. On Tuesday, Bell returned to give a performance at Washington’s Union Station, and this time people paid attention. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bell for an interview. Continue reading
Marketing professor Wahyd Vannoni reacts to the presence of a new album in his iTunes library — an album he never bought. Continue reading
In the spring of 1967, Bob Dylan was on societal retreat near Woodstock, New York, following a motorcycle accident months before. With the “Blonde on Blonde” tour cancelled, the Band joined him there, and in the garage of a house known as Big Pink, the group created what would become the acclaimed “Basement Tapes.” Continue reading
Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can improve language and reading skills of disadvantaged children, according to a new study released Friday.
The town of Lyons, Colorado, rebuilt the RockyGrass Music Festival grounds after they were destroyed in a flood in 2013. But many of the town’s musicians have not been able to return to their homes. A group of homeless musicians performed “Smile” at the festival this July. Continue reading
When I was asked to narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the Castleton Music Festival this year, I was surprised, flattered — and also a bit nervous. My days of being able to read a musical score are … Continue reading
Andrew Lloyd Webber said Monday that the musical will undergo a few changes before its 12-week run at London’s Palladium beginning Dec. 6, including the character of Rum Tum Tugger revamped as a “contemporary street cat.” Continue reading