In the 1990s, pianist Matthew Shipp came to fame playing a style of avant-garde music that combined the harmonic sophistication of jazz with the energy of punk rock. This amalgam gained him fans…
As the latest U.K. pop-rock sensation to take a stab at American success, Coldplay rode into L.A. this week on a tidal wave of hype and expectation. This first proper local appearance (following a…
The center of gravity in Europe's serious-music scene has undergone a northward shift in recent years. As the Baltic states -- Estonia most of all -- have shaken off the cultural restrictions of…
About halfway through an exquisite rendition of her jazzy ballad "Cleva," Erykah Badu offered up a live demonstration of the honest vulnerability that has made her recent studio work so compelling -…
Rounding out a five-month wave of sweeping executive changes at the second biggest music group in the world, BMG Entertainment has upped Jack Rovner to prexy of its RCA Records imprint from exec…
Jazz diva Dianne Reeves favored an ardently enthusiastic capacity audience with a Valentine's Day concert focusing on the art of the love song. Accompanied by a lush, 30-piece chamber orchestra…
The Grammy Foundation is beginning two significant preservation efforts after Congress' passage of the "Grammy bill" last year.
It's never easy to stay grounded in tradition without sinking into the muck of mere imitation, but vivacious young vocalist Claudia Acuna manages to do just that -- as she ably demonstrated at the…
Bitter TV rivals Televisa and TV Azteca have buried the hatchet to produce a peace concert for Chiapas, Mexico's war-torn southern state.
Comedian and talkshow host Jon Stewart has been named host of the Grammy Awards ceremony on Wednesday, replacing Whoopi Goldberg, who had to pull out due to health problems.
Seminal avant-garde rockers Roxy Music are re-uniting for an international tour this summer, performing for the first time in 18 years.