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Interview: Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Stafford

Interview: Multi-Instrumentalist Paul Stafford

Q: You received your first drum kit at the age of five. Did your family already know you had an interest in music? A: I would say yes. The drum kit was purchased based on the constant beating on shoe boxes. My mindset was drumming as one would do in a school marching band. Although not ...

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Donald Fagen Defends Steely Dan To Friends

Donald Fagen Defends Steely Dan To Friends

While having drinks with friends at a local bar Monday, Donald Fagen, 60, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and cofounder of the multiplatinum-selling American rock band Steely Dan, was once again forced to defend his appreciation for the multiplatinum-selling American rock band Steely Dan. “Look, I understand. It's an acquired taste," Fagen said ...

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Why Lesley Gore Mattered

Why Lesley Gore Mattered

Lesley Gore, who died on February 16 of lung cancer at age 68, was best known for her hit, It's My Party, which went to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and R&B charts in 1963. But the teen singer stood for much more than adolescent anguish and the right to bawl at one's own bash. Gore ...

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Interview: Saxophonist/Composer Tivon Pennicott

Interview: Saxophonist/Composer Tivon Pennicott

Having played on two Grammy-winning albums, it was just a matter of time for saxophonist/composer Tivon Pennicott to explore his own artistry. With his band Sound Quartet, Pennicott has just released Lover of Nature, an album of sleek, sprightly jazz compositions that boldly showcases a brilliant new talent. In this interview, Pennicott discusses his musical origins ...

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Exclusive: Bill Evans Interview

Exclusive: Bill Evans Interview

A few weeks ago I received an email from two ardent Bill Evans fans. James Farber and Larry Goldbert wrote to say they had interviewed Evans back in 1976 for a radio station in Madison, Wis., and asked if I wanted to hear it. I said I'd be happy to and, if I loved it and ...

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Interview: Jamie Cullum

Interview: Jamie Cullum

I love writing the “Track Record" column for Wall Street Journal/Europe, which is based in jny: London. The point of the column is to interview artists to see what obscure albums most influenced them. There are always surprises, and I'm constantly being turned on to music that escaped my radar. Case in point is my interview ...

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Ticketfly VP Kristina Wallander On What Google Search Changes Mean For Live Concerts

Ticketfly VP  Kristina Wallander On What Google Search Changes Mean For Live Concerts

Yesterday, Google announced changes that could help artist and promoters at every level to sell more concert tickets. From now on, a Google Search for an artist or venue will highlight show and ticketing info drawn directly from Ticketfly, Ticketmaster, AXS and other major ticketers. To find out how this might effect the concert business and ticket sales, ...

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Interview: Peggy King (Part 2)

Interview: Peggy King (Part 2)

If you were a TV producer in the 1950s, Peggy King was dream talent. She could sing, act and play off comedians—all while seemingly relaxed and sincere. She wasn't a singing stylist like Peggy Lee or Patti Page, but when it came to doing the industrial work of a weekly live television show—with scripts, rehearsals, impeccable ...

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Interview: Peggy King (Part 1)

Interview: Peggy King (Part 1)

The name Peggy King may not be familiar to you, but in the early days of television, she was a singing personality. Back in the early 1950s, in televison's infancy, most TV shows were hosted by name singers and comedians. The TV and movie industries were rivals competing for America's spare time, and film actors were ...

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Interview: Helen Merrill on Billie

Interview: Helen Merrill on Billie

Following my post yesterday about a private audio recording at YouTube of Helen Merrill and Billie Holiday singing a duet at a New York party in November 1956, I had to know what was going on at the time of the recording. Why were they together. Why was Holiday so intent on singing the ending twice ...


 

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