Music

Motown Founder Berry Gordy Retires

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia From the Miracles, Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, and the shaping of the original Little Steven, to being the genius behind the launch of the man that would become known as “the King of Pop,” Berry Gordy long ago indelibly cemented his place as one of the…

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Jazz Greats Coming to the South Carolina During SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble’s Upcoming Season

The South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble will feature three top jazz artists during its 2019-20 season: pianist Kenny Barron on November 23; guitarist Mike Stern on February 1; and vocalist Veronica Swift on June 13. Tickets are on sale now at scjazz.org for the ensemble’s next concert, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m.…

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House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Announces Celebrity Ambassadors Council

  The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation announced its first-ever Ambassadors Council featuring a virtual who’s who of GRAMMY ®, American Music, Academy of Country Music and Billboard Music Award-winning artists including Benny Blanco, Sofia Carson, Lauren Daigle, Chris Janson, Khalid, Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Carlos Santana and Umphrey’s McGee. Each Music Forward Ambassador…

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Charleston Gospel Choir Encore Performance September 28: Tribute to Aretha Franklin/Charleston

The Charleston Gospel Choir is set to present an encore performance of its sold-out April event entitled Queen of Soul and Gospel: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Saturday, September 28, 5 p.m. at Citadel Square Baptist Church, 328 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC under the musical direction of Guest Conductor Dr. Jason A. Dungee. The undisputed Queen of Soul, whose gospel-tinged R&B music…

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North Charleston POPS! Is Poppin!

The North Charleston POPS! is an organization that is having an impact in the region. Besides providing high quality entertainment at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, the POPS! hosts an after-school music education program for any child in the North Charleston area that wishes to either sing or play an instrument, but cannot afford to…

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“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” Review

So many legendary jazz musicians are gone. Victims of father time. And as they pass, a bit of history does too. When enlightening documentaries revive their memories, we get a do over. For a brief moment, we can appreciate them and their eras, all over again.  Director Stanley Nelson is a gifted archivist who recreates…

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New Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Shows Rarely Seen Photos of Billie Holiday’s Private and Public Worlds

In April 1957, photographer Jerry Dantzic had an assignment from Decca Records to photograph Billie Holiday during a weeklong run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub Sugar Hill. What unfolded was an unexpected and intimate journey into her private and public worlds. His photos comprise the largest collection of images from any single…

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