Tuesday, June 7, 2016|0 commentsWatch: Audra McDonald Joins James Corden for Broadway Carpool Karaoke with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski
Audra McDonald, currently on Broadway in Shuffle Along, joined The Late Late Show host James Corden for a very special, all-Broadway Carpool Karaoke last night, along with Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda; Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, now on Broadway in Fully Committed; and 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski, now in She Loves Me. Corden, who hosts the Tony Awards this Sunday, and crew rode through NYC singing out show tunes from Hamilton, Rent, Jersey Boys, and, Les Misérables. Watch it here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News VideoArtist NewsTuesday, June 7, 2016|0 comments
Michael Daves tours three Northeast cities this week in support of his new album, Orchids and Violence. Joining him are Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny and fiddler Brittany Haas. The tour stops at World Café Live in Philadelphia on Thursday, The Red Room @ Café 939 in Boston on Friday, and The Parlor Room in Northampton on Saturday. "Noam and Brittany are both incredible improvisers and great listeners," says Daves. "These shows are going to be full of surprises." You can watch the trio perform the album track "June Apple" here.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsFriday, June 3, 2016|0 comments
Today marks the release of Brad Mehldau Trio’s new album, Blues and Ballads, which comprises interpretations of songs by other composers, this time with the focus on blues and ballads implied by the album’s title. "Stellar jazz pianist Mehldau again proves that three is the magic number," says MOJO in a four-star review, "resurrecting the trio that has consistently advanced the jazz lexicon in the course of the past 20 years. A spellbinding set whose salient features are subtlety and understatement. Sublime stuff." The Times of London, in its five-star review, says: "Yet another rhapsodic rollercoaster from this master of romantic complexity."Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsThursday, June 2, 2016|1 comments
Legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, is out on Nonesuch Records next Friday, June 10. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full here till then as an NPR First Listen. The album presents "an almost retrospective, autumnal focus on the ideas which made him and his music," writes NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon. "It's hard not to read a subtext here: that all these songs belonged in the canon which gave rise to Toussaint and his city, and thus to the bigger picture of important American tunes." Hear the album in full here.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsThursday, June 2, 2016|0 comments
The Staves embark on a 19-city North American tour beginning with a sold-out show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Friday, followed by shows in Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto, Nashville, Atlanta, St. Louis, DC, Brooklyn, and more, including a sold-out date at NYC's Bowery Ballroom and sets at the Firefly, Winnipeg, Newport, and Eaux Claires festivals. The English trio's newly released EP, Sleeping In A Car, is available everywhere digitally; CDs will be available exclusively at the Staves' shows.