Mellow maestro, smooth jazz keyboardist-producer Wenso Ashby’s new album is Artistry, paying homage to, among other jazz masters, Joe Sample and Duke Ellington. In a modest setting, the collection showcases this internationally accomplished veteran on such lush offerings as “Signature” and “Midnite Walkin,’” piano backed on bass by guests Charles Hayes, Julius Walker and Duane … [Read more...]
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If you catch one club act this weekend, make sure it’s jazz maestro pianist James “Cornbread” Harris at Loring Pasta Bar where he’s a regular Friday draw. The evening I made it over, the master was in fine form. I arrived in time for his off-the-cuff ode to transportation and a rambling missive somehow connecting Jimmy Forrest’s “Night Train” and Duke Ellington’s “Take the … [Read more...]
The original Ocean's 11 (1960) starred Frank Sinatra and a tight-knit cadre of fellow Las Vegas headliners affectionately dubbed the Rat Pack by the press. The bawdy band of brothers were famous for partying and making impromptu appearances at each other's shows on the Strip. They even shot the movie right there in Vegas so they could continue working. That buddy flick was … [Read more...]
Black Sands, an animated feature film based on the award-winning comic novels of the Black Sands Universe, is on the horizon. The African American-owned comic and children’s book publisher Black Sands Entertainment (BSE) recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the feature film vision to fruition. Created by military husband and wife duo Manuel and Geiszel Godo, … [Read more...]
Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win is a major milestone for hip hop, a genre that celebrates its 45th birthday this August. It’s also a triumph that many, a mere decade ago, would have never predicted. As someone who teaches and studies the politics of hip hop and rap, I was pleasantly surprised myself. I thought of hip hop’s early years when some were adamant that the … [Read more...]