The Grammy Awards is pairing down their categories, putting everybody in the same contest for “Best” (… Album, Artist). What does this mean for classical music?
2010 Grammy award for Best New Artist stunned many observers because it didn’t go to crowd-favorite Justin Bieber. The Grammy instead went to jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz artist to ever win the award.
Yehudi Menuhin once said he couldn’t “swing” unless he was playing alongside jazz great Stephane Grappelli. They would go on to record some eleven releases together. The swing was in high gear last Friday night as ProMusica Chamber Orchestra was joined by amazing jazz vocalist Jane Monheit in the Southern Theatre. If you haven’t ever [...]
Terry Teachout has written a new scholarly, footnoted and highly enjoyable biography of the great Louis Armstrong
Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Igor Stravinsky’s foray into jazz, the Ebony Concerto (1945) and the Concerto in E-flat, a.k.a. Dumbarton Oaks (1937–38).