February 26th, 2015
He was known as "The Voice." And Kurt Elling remembers how, when he was a child, those vocal cords stood out. Elling, the son of a high school band instructor, often listened to the music his parents played on the family stereo. His father favored swing and big band, which...
February 23rd, 2015
The first weekend of the Portland Jazz Festival surpassed the usual high expectations, particularly in the piano department. The festival, which runs through Sunday, March 1, took the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth as a mini-theme, offering concerts dedicated to "ol' blue eyes" by vocalist Kurt Elling and pianist...
February 21st, 2015
Kurt Elling was talking about the Grammys. Not this year's, with Beck and Beyonce and Kanye West's big mouth. But the first one, in 1959, where Frank Sinatra competed against himself for Album of the Year, and was up for Song and Record of the Year with "Witchcraft," with...
November 25th, 2014
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene's new release, Beautiful Life on Mack Avenue Records, is a celebration of the life of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, whose life was tragically taken, along with 19 other children and 6 educators, on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Greene said that...
October 14th, 2014
American soprano Renée Fleming's first-ever holiday album celebrates the beloved and iconic Christmas season in New York City. From the holiday windows lining 5th Avenue to the red and green-lit spire of the Empire State Building, the essence of the city at the most wonderful time of...