In jazz discussions, the saxophonists and the trumpeters generally dominate the conversation, and rightly so. Equally as integral to the music, though, is the rest of the band. While we've already listed the top guitarists, pianists and bassists, today we focus on the female vocalists. Although ther ... More >>
Sister Crayon got its start in Sacramento, California, in 2010 when Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez met and bonded over '90s-era hip-hop. The pair teamed up with various bandmates in the past few years and produced music that sounded like the perfect fusion of soul and trip hop -- a darkly inflected, ... More >>
AMERICANARAMA @ FIDDLER'S GREEN | WEDS, 7/31/13 Sometimes when genre-specific festivals are put together, the bill gets padded with -- to put it charitably -- lesser-known artists. Fortunately, that's not the case with Americanarama, which features Bob Dylan, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingha ... More >>
As people who think about, talk about, write about, listen to and make music, it's not surprising that the most common (and favorite) topic of conversation among us is the same: "What are you listening to right now?" Stick a quarter in us, and, boy, wouldn't you know it, off we go, on and on about t ... More >>
Local jazz and blues vocalist James Van Buren passed away yesterday. He was 77. Mark Diamond, Freddy Rodriguez, Paul Romaine, Doug Roche and others were scheduled to perform tonight a benefit show tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom for Van Buren's day-to-day living expenses medical expenses, ... More >>
Update (6/1/12): We've received word that services for Jerry Krantz will be held next week on Thursday, June 7 at 10 a.m. at St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church at 4200 Federal Boulevard, followed by an interment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. in area "B." Jerry Krantz's full obituar ... More >>
Although the Lions Lair opened in 1967, the bar didn't start hosting live music until Jux County played there in 1991. Since then, the place has brought in a steady stream of local and national acts, including some legends like Graham Parker, John Doe and Jonathan Richman. To celebrate twenty ... More >>
Held down by the Billie Holiday-channeling vocals of Erin Austin, OK Sweetheart (performing tonight at the Meadowlark with Megan Burtt, Jamie Mefford, Teresa Storch and Chris Webb) offers a comforting blend of vintage tones and straightforward pop music. The band's moniker -- which is short f ... More >>
There is no denying that Madeleine Peyroux (who plays the Boulder Theater tonight with Sunny War) bears an uncanny resemblance to Billie Holiday. But while the inspiration and gilded jazz vocal similarities are there, the pain is not -- Peyroux brings her own whimsical style to the genre with ... More >>
Which came first, the poet or the MC? Broaching the philosophical debate implies the two are not one in the same. History shows us otherwise, whether the funky notes of blues rattled off the tongue of greats like Billie Holiday, or, more recently, the appearance of the Last Poets on Nas's [Untitled] ... More >>
Hearts, Words and Other Forgotten Things
Crossroads Theater resurrects the Rossonian.
This sparrow doesn’t fly.
Separating heavenly holiday music from Hell's noels.
Madeleine Peyroux returns after a puzzling eight-year absence.
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do.
Rod Stewart continues his trip along the gravel-voiced road.
The sounds of jazz erupt in quilted form
Meteora (Warner Bros.)
Mary Louise Lee
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Shadow Theatre shines a light on this wrenching retelling of Billie Holiday's downfall.
Little Voice fails to hit true notes in its portrayal of a withdrawn girl.
Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.
@home@sunset, @home@sunrise (Moonshine)
The world of jazz as seen through the lens of Herman Leonard.
Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.
Mary Ann Moore
Ray Condo and His Richochets aren't Americans, but they love American music.
How the Squirrel Nut Zippers landed calypso on modern-rock radio.
The Bills. Live with it.