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The pianist and composer John Beasley has one of the most formidable tasks of anyone associated with today's International Jazz Day, the celebration produced by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He's music director of the centerpiece concert to be live-streamed from Istanbul tonight (2 p.m. ET in the U.S.).

Capitol Records

In 2011, TIME  Magazine created a list of the top 100 English Language Pop Songs.

If you've got the time, I invite you to sit back and enjoy some of the most creative and enduring pop songs ever. The collection spans from 1923 to the 2000’s.

Here's Frank Sinatra singing one of the top 100 songs to start you out. Hey, it’s the weekend and you’ve got the time!

Heinrich Klaffs

The New York Times has reported that Richie Havens, who for many epitomized the music and spirit of the 1960's, has died of a heart attack at the age of 72.

"I was a good boy," South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela assures NPR's Michel Martin. But still, he says, "as a kid, I was whipped on a slow day at least three times."

Eventually, Masekela told his chaplain, "If I can get a trumpet, Father, I won't bother anybody."

His wish came true.

Terri Lyne Carrington On JazzSet

Apr 19, 2013

Money Jungle has a story. One day in 1962, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach recorded an album and gave it that provocative title. The repertoire was new blues by Ellington, who was in his 60s, while Roach and Mingus were each about 40.

The advent of bebop added a fresh sound to American music. It also added new voices to some metropolitan radio stations: the late-night jazz DJs who specialized in presenting this new music to their fellow hipster nightflies.

To recognize the work of the groundbreaking DJs who lent them critical exposure, jazz musicians of the period would occasionally write songs in their honor. Here are five of those songs.

Rhino/Atlantic

From Un Cut the news that in a conversation with Rolling Stone Graham Nash  revealed that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are planning to release their long-awaited live album from their 1974 tour "in August" .

See Crosby Stills & Nash at  The Florida Theatre               
05.17.2013 Friday 8:00 pm

Columbia

"Daft Punk work on Kanye West's new album and  Q Magazine has the details of the collaboration that is guarnteed to get your feet moving. 

QTHEMUSIC.com

Happy shoppers - A History of Record Store Day

Ahead of this Saturday's (April 20) event, Q Magazine in the UK  charts how coffee and comic books inspired the annual celebration of independent record shops.

Kurt Vile / Photo by Michael Flores

The Electro Lounge played music by Kurt Vile this week and Spin magazine has a review of "Wakin on a Pretty Daze" Vile's fifth album. 

Mati Klarwein/Columbia

In these days of digital albums and CDs, the 12X12 inch canvas of the album cover could soon become a thing of the past.

When cover art was great, it could be as good as the music (The Beatles' Revolver or Wes Montgomery’s A Day In The Life both come to mind). This was not always the case, though.

Everyone has their favorites - here are 12 of mine, let me know yours in the comment section below!

Courtesy Geffen Records; Courtesy Epic Records

Let the arguing begin. Post the results of a readers' poll of favorite debut albums and the comments are as intersting as the poll itself. Everyone has an opinion of what should or should not be in the top 10 and why. 

Rolling Stone Readers' Poll: The Ten Greatest Debut Albums
Picks include Pearl Jam's 'Ten,' the Killers' 'Hot Fuss' and 'The Doors'


 

Michael Ochs Archives

In a new tell all Paul Anka takes readers into the world of the Rat Pack and some of the story is none to pretty.
Read all about it here.
 

Courtesy of Barrow Family

The New York Daily News reports Jazz musician George Barrow has died at 91.
I feeel lucky to have heard his performances on Broadway in "Ain't Misbehavin'" with Nell Carter and "Jelly's Last Jam," starring Gregory Hines and Savion Glover.

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