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Film noir has been a running theme in composer/pianist Ran Blake's work since the beginning of his career — his very first album, The Newest Sound Around (RCA, 1962), with singer Jeanne Lee, began with David Raskin's theme to Otto Preminger's Laura .
Ran Blake's Pawnbroker, Sofia Koutsovitis's pan-American roots
By JON GARELICK  |  November 20, 2009
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Coming home

Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
Terri Lyne Carrington gives the BeanTown Jazz Fest the blues
By JON GARELICK  |  September 25, 2009
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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Who's next?

If Melvin B. Miller has his way, last week's shutdown of the Bay State Banner — the African-American-focused weekly paper Miller ran as editor and publisher for nearly half a century — won't be the end.
What the Banner 's closure means for Boston's African-Americans
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 17, 2009
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The End of the Yellow Brick Road

The Wiz wanders off course
The Wiz wanders off course
By STEVEN SCHIFF  |  July 03, 2009
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Reaction Jackson

There was Michael the living, breathing, singing performer and Jackson the commercial spectacle. We surrendered to the former, he to the latter.
How to mourn a mess
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  July 03, 2009


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The Wiz arrives in Boston

"If you believe in yourself, you will have brains, heart and courage to last your whole life through. . ."
 Not truly spectacular, but significant
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009
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The Wiz is alive in Boston

For many years, people have been asking me, 'Quincy, what was your very first big assignment?' My answer now is, "THE WIZ." – Anytime you have 9 singing principals, 120 dancers, 6 sound technicians, 3 conductors, 4 contractors, 300 musicians, 105 singer
Ozians Reach Musical Heights
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009
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Mommy, what's with Michael?

" After I got HIStory , I played it incessantly. It was the greatest, strangest, angriest, most bizarre thing I ever heard. Michael Jackson is this iconic persona..."
State of the art
By MICHAEL ENDELMAN  |  July 03, 2009
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The Thriller is gone

With the release of Bad (Epic), Michael Jackson ends a recording hiatus of nearly five years. He could have stayed away for 10 years and still not have escaped the shadow of Thriller , the biggest-selling album of all time.
For Michael Jackson, Bad aint' good
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 03, 2009
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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
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By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009


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Michael Jackson and his fears

At the dead end of a decade when everyone was too discouraged to wonder if pop had a center, Michael Jackson's Off the Wall (1979) gathered up disillusioned factions of fans as confidently as it punted four singles into the Top 10.
Solo contendere
By MARK MOSES  |  June 26, 2009
VIBE Magazine Launches Idiotic Tabloid

VIBE Magazine Launches Idiotic Tabloid


One of the few interesting things that I’ve ever heard from Kanye West came about four years ago in ...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 08, 2009
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Ran Blake | Driftwoods

You probably don't think about an acoustic jazz pianist's use of the sustain pedal except when you're listening to Ran Blake.
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By JON GARELICK  |  March 10, 2009

Secretary of Arts!


A comment by Quincy Jones, the musician/composer/general arts supporter (and FOB - that's Friend of ...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 14, 2009
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When Jacko was king

Richard Nixon may be the only figure whose decline in popularity eclipsed Michael Jackson’s.
The 25th anniversary of Thriller
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2008


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Pop’s fairer image

After the Fantasy Mirrors show at Great Scott last Thursday, singer Nathanael Bluhm wasn’t feeling so hot, and since he was already wearing pajamas, I offered him and his bike a lift home.
Fantasy Mirrors take a good long look at themselves
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2007
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In action

In the era of YouTube, we’re apt to forget that not every note of music ever played has been captured on film or video.
The ‘Jazz Icons’ DVDs
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  November 26, 2007

Lucky 13


Our producers Hall of Fame
By MATT ASHARE  |  October 17, 2007
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Still nasty

“I think a lot of our music got overshadowed by the girls,” says legendary DJ Mr. Mixx of 2 Live Crew.
How 2 Live Crew blew up from hip-hop comedy act to multi-platinum provocateurs
By BRIAN COLEMAN  |  July 18, 2007

DJ Haaksman's Top 5 Baile Funk Traxx


 
By DAVID DAY  |  October 04, 2006


Crossword: 'Rounders'

7 Down: Studio whose early stars included Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn.
No sharp corners here.
By BY MATT JONES  |  February 09, 2006