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'Canada's gallery' embraces its creative future Special

Toronto - The McMichael Gallery is home to some great artwork painted by the Canadian Group of Seven. It's broadened its scope with live music concerts, a photography exhibition, and an upcoming art installation with the former "Naomi Campbell of the art world."

Review: Mandy Barnett shines on 'I Can't Stop Loving You' tribute CD Special

Jazz and country singer Mandy Barnett released her latest studio album "I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson." It is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Cracker Barrel's official website.

What makes a jazz musician tick?

Baltimore - With jazz maestros, some areas of the brain that typically process language are highly active, according to a new study, which was carried out at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rockit! Herbie Hancock appointed Harvard professor of poetry

U.S. jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been appointed as the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He is the latest in a long line of poets and artists to be appointed to this honorary post.

Marian McPartland dies at 95

Marian McPartland, a jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show “Piano Jazz,” has passed away at the age of 95, NPR reported Wednesday.

Jazz icon George Duke dies; the hiphop community reacts

Los Angeles - Legendary jazz musician George Duke died Monday August 5 in Los Angeles, California from complications due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 67.

Great music festivals coming up in Spain for summer 2013

The famous Benicàssim and Sonar music festivals are over, but there is still so much more to come. Spain offers a huge variety of music festivals from Indie rock, to flamenco, to jazz, to classical, and everything else in between this summer.

Yvette Dance Studio of Performing Arts showcases dance students Special

Cranford - Coming off a successful spring recital, the Yvette Dance Studio of Performing Arts showcased the work of its student dancers in a free event held at Lincoln Avenue Elementary.

Op-Ed: The top five films, tunes of Frank Sinatra's legendary career

New York - If you shook the hand of Frank Sinatra then you shared something special with others who experienced that same treat. Sinatra passed away on this date 15 years ago at the age of 82, but his legendary status lives on.

Op-Ed: 98 years of Lady Day and the top 10 Billie Holiday jazz tunes

Philadelphia - Billie Holiday, an American icon and legendary jazz singer, was born on Apr. 7, 1915. Unfortunately, Holiday, also known as Lady Day, passed away at the age of 44 in New York City. The music lives on.

Kenny Ball, jazz trumpeter, dies aged 82

Jazz trumpet player Kenny Ball, and leader of Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen, has died aged 82. The British musician was famous worldwide for his rendition of "Samantha" and "Midnight in Moscow".

Jazz vocalist Solitaire Miles gets into the Swing Special

Chicago - Listen up, music fans, you will enjoy the sounds and style of Solitaire Miles who, with her sultry, strong voice, brings tunes of the 1930's and 40's to clubs in Chicago, jazz albums, and beyond.

Grammys packed with performances, from Rihanna to Elton John

Los Angeles - The Grammy Awards always make sure to pack the show with performances. This year is no different. It is usually a visual delight for the senses as well as the ears.

New Orleans trumpeter Leroy Jones performed at Super Bowl VI Special

New Orleans - As Super Bowl returns to New Orleans, we look back at a local halftime show artist who has since risen to fame and built an international career.

Op-Ed: ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ – Best renditions of classic jazz tune

Toronto - "Baby, it's cold outside." These aren't just the words of your significant other observing how cold it is today, it's also the wonderful tune from the golden era of jazz. With winter making its way through much of North America, let's sing this tune.

Op-Ed: RIP Dave Brubeck, you were one of the jazz greats

An American jazz icon passed away today at 91. Dave Brubeck, best known for his classic song Take Five, was one of the most brilliant pianists I ever saw at Toronto's annual jazz festival.

Soul singer Terry Callier has died

The U.S. soul-jazz singer and musician Terry Callier has died aged 67. Callier was better known in recent years for his work with Massive Attack and Beth Orton.

Review: Diana Krall's swinging new album Special

Canadian singer Diana Krall has released a new album 'Glad Rag Doll', which sees the singer move into swing territory and serves up a collection of beautifully interpreted standards.

Jazz concert lights up Celebration Square in Ontario Special

Mississauga - A Canadian jazz concert held under a starry sky seemed to have brought out the romantic in everyone in Mississauga. For one couple in particular, who fearlessly got up to dance in front of the crowds, it was all about the music (and love).

Jazz returns to Bourbon Street Special

New Orleans - New Orleans' Bourbon Street is returning to its original music one club at a time as rhythms of authentic New Orleans jazz float through the summer air.

New Orleans Helsinki Connection releases 'Paradise On Earth'

New Orleans - It’s been eight years since their debut album 'At Last' and now another collaboration from this diverse ensemble is once again ferrying jazz lovers to a better understanding of musical intimacy.

Jazz FM listeners 'treated' to sounds of porn during broadcast

In a radio show, aptly titled "Funky Sensations" U.K. jazz fans heard "sounds of porn" playing in the background of the music.

Leroy Jones Quintet finds new home at Café Istanbul

New Orleans - Leroy Jones, the New Orleans born and bred trumpeter who enjoys world-wide esteem with critics and audiences alike, will start performing at Café Istanbul on a regular basis with his Quintet.

Jazz musician Sam Rivers has died

The innovative jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer Sam Rivers, who worked with Miles Davis among others, has died over the holiday weekend.

Op-Ed: Jazz vocalist Sophie Berkal-Sarbit must be heard Special

Toronto - ‘Tis the season to be hungover and ‘tis a reckless journalist who skeds an interview for 9.a.m. Especially with rising jazz vocalist Sophie Berkal-Sarbit who comes on as bright eyed and bushy tailed as one of Santa’s reindeer.

The beat goes on for jazz singer Barlow Special

Toronto - Emilie-Claire Barlow channels the spirit of the 60s on her latest album, The Beat Goes On. But that doesn't mean she's leaving the classics behind.

Winehouse, Bennett duet to be released in aid of Amy's foundation

One of Amy Winehouse's last recordings - a duet with jazz legend Tony Bennett - is set to be released in aid of her foundation, which was recently set up by her father, Mitch.

Swinging inside the Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival Special

Toronto - The 23rd annual Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival swung, jumped and jived into town. One of the most popular summer festivals in the city showcased a variety of jazz genres and bands, while also providing a glimpse of other artists.

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Amy Winehouse shot to fame with two critically acclaimed albums, got hooked on booze and drugs, and died before she had time even to reach her full potential. Sadly, this story is nothing new.

Lunch date at the Jazz Festival in Toronto Special

Today at Metro Hall in Toronto a free concert by jazz pianist Chris Donnelly took place. As Donnelly played a quiet crowd gathered watching during the lunch hour adding culture to their meals.
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Crowd gathering in Hart Plaza.
Crowd gathering in Hart Plaza.
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Herbie Hancock in concert at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
Herbie Hancock in concert at the Nice Jazz Festival 2010
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George Lake Big Band
George Lake Big Band
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Ejecting a smelly passenger delayed a recent Air Canada Jazz flight out of Charlottetown  PEI.
Ejecting a smelly passenger delayed a recent Air Canada Jazz flight out of Charlottetown, PEI.
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Jasper Sloan Yip on the stage at Maple Tree Square Stage in Gastown  Vancouver International Jazz Fe...
Jasper Sloan Yip on the stage at Maple Tree Square Stage in Gastown, Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
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Trumpeter Leroy Jones  photo by Andreas Rogocz.
Trumpeter Leroy Jones, photo by Andreas Rogocz.
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Stan Douglas   Hors-champs   1992. Two-channel video installation with stereo sound  13:20 minutes. ...
Stan Douglas, "Hors-champs", 1992. Two-channel video installation with stereo sound, 13:20 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York © Stan Douglas
Stan Douglas / David Zwirner Gallery
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George Lake Big Band
George Lake Big Band
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Pavlo
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Sam Rivers in NYC
Sam Rivers in NYC
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George Lake Big Band swingers
George Lake Big Band swingers
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The Bad Plus  from left  Dave King  Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpre...
The Bad Plus, from left, Dave King, Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpretation of “The Rite of Spring,” Stravinsky’s ballet score.
Cameron Wittig
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Musicians and singers perform at the intimate lounge that is Matsumoto s 2nd Street Jazz in the Litt...
Musicians and singers perform at the intimate lounge that is Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles.
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Music at the grand opening of the Olea Hotel gave the event and even more festive atmosphere. Marla ...
Music at the grand opening of the Olea Hotel gave the event and even more festive atmosphere. Marla Harvey provided vocals, while Jenell Sennett, Ben Rivera and Aaron Scott accompanied on bass, guitar and percussion.
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Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon
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New Orleans Helsinki Connection s  Paradise On Earth
New Orleans Helsinki Connection's "Paradise On Earth"
Album photo by Shannon Brinkman
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Pavlo
Pavlo
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Hot Club Detroit play to a shivering crowd  emulating Django Reinhardt to perfection.
Hot Club Detroit play to a shivering crowd, emulating Django Reinhardt to perfection.
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Photo of jazz legend John Coltrane
Photo of jazz legend John Coltrane
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Pavlo
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