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  • Jon Hendricks, Genre-Pushing Jazz Vocalist, Dead At 96

    Enlarge this image Jazz singers, Dave Lambert (left), Annie Ross and Jon Hendricks with Canon L. John Collins on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London in 1959. Jon Hendricks died on November 22 at the age of 96. Keystone/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Keystone/Getty Images Jon Hendricks, the singer and songwriter who Time Magazine called the "James Joyce of jive," died today in New York at the age of 96. Hendricks was best known for his work in the pioneering vocal jazz trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. His death was confirmed by fellow singer and composer Kurt Elling and Hendricks' publicist, Don Lucoff.First and foremost, he was a storyteller: funny, dexterous with language and erudite. Jon Hendricks could reference practically anything in his lyrics – from the controversy over Shakespeare's identity to the Spanish Civil War – and make them swing.[embedded content]YouTubeStill, he'll be remembered best for ...

  • A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2017

    Enlarge this image This year's Paul Winter Solstice celebration took place at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Dec. 14-16. Courtesy of Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration Enlarge this image Keyboardist Gary Brooker is featured in this year's celebration. Carsten Andersen/Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Carsten Andersen/Courtesy of the artist Since 1980, saxophonist Paul Winter has brought musicians from around the world together for his Winter Solstice Celebration, a festive performance marking the passing of the longest night and the return of the sun. The annual concert draws thousands of visitors to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper ...

  • David Cassidy, Singer And 1970s TV Heartthrob, Dies At 67

    Enlarge this image David Cassidy walks down a street in London in April 1974. Ellidge/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Ellidge/Getty Images One of the biggest music and television stars of the 1970s has died: David Cassidy, who played the adolescent, aspiring musician on the TV show "The Patridge Family" and who became a teen-dream pop idol in his own right, was 67 years old.Cassidy revealed to People Magazine in February 2017 that he had been diagnosed with dementia and would stop performing. He also shared that both his grandfather and mother had suffered from dementia before him.Cassidy was reported to be in critical condition on Nov. 19 with organ failure, and was hospitalized in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. area. He died Tuesday night of liver failure.David Cassidy was born in 1950 in New York City to two performers, singer and actor Jack Cassidy and actress Evelyn Ward; his parents later divorced, and in 1956 his ...

  • Ledisi: Tiny Desk Concert

    Singer and songwriter Ledisi is a veteran R&B queen, which she immediately affirmed at the Tiny Desk with her powerful opening tune "Let Love Rule." It's the title song of her latest album, and a dazzling display of vocal range and technique. And yet, it hardly showcases the full scope of her artistic expertise. Classically trained, Ledisi is also celebrated as a jazz artist, which she clearly demonstrated when she broke out into a effortless scat outro on her second song, "I Blame You."With nine Grammy nominations and an impressive discography, it's easy to be awed by her musical accomplishments. But in person, what's just as impressive as her exquisite artistry is her radiant spirit of contentment and grace. You can see it when Terrell, her makeup artist, goes behind the desk between songs to powder her face. (It was an exceptionally hot day.) Ledisi responded to the interruptions not like a diva, but with humor, humility and gratitude.The lyrics to the third song, "Add To Me," speak to having self-confidence and ensuring self-care in any relationship: "I've been in a ...

  • 10 Years Considered

    Enlarge this image Lure Design For NPR There's been a world of change in the ten years since NPR Music first started in November 2007. Consider how, just about a decade ago, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was publishing a list of his favorite David Paul Morris/Getty Images Bob Boilen, Jacob Ganz and Ann Powers discuss 2007, the year in which Apple released the iPhone, Radiohead dropped In Rainbows in unprecedented fashion, and M.I.A. became a household name with "Paper Planes."10 Years ConsideredListen· 14:3814:38Toggle more optionsDownloadEmbedEmbed"> <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/565502575/565507682" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">Let's block ads! (Why?)

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