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Tunesmiths Wanted for Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project

The Johnny Mercer Foundation and the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University are presenting the fourth annual Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project on Northwestern's Evanston, Ill. campus, June 21 to 27. The no-fee, weeklong workshop led by Tony- and Grammy award-winning artists is seeking talented young songwriters or writing teams from all popular music genres to ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Fifty Years Ago Today: "Freddie Freeloader" and the Start of "Kind of Blue"

Musicians arrived at Columbia 30th Street Studios in New York fifty years ago today to begin working on the new Miles Davis album. Present that day were saxophonists John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Kelly would record just one tune that day, before leaving and being replaced ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Motion for Mardi Gras

Fat Tuesday is upon us! This year, on top of showing your favorite mask and beads, Zatarain's is asking America to show their festival spirit with “Motion for Mardi Gras". A tradition in New Orleans since before the turn of the century, the restaurant and food company begin by Emile A. Zatarain, Sr. is now behind ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Fifty Years Ago Today: Ornette Coleman's "Turnaround"

Ornette Coleman was becoming well known in the Los Angeles jazz scene in the 1950's, supporting himself with menial jobs during the day and blowing bebop in the clubs at night. Deeply dissatisfied with following the pack, he began to play with others who felt the same way - , trumpeters Don Cherry and Bobby Bradford, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Straight No Chaser Launch Online Advent Calendar

Straight No Chaser Launch Online Advent Calendar

Atlantic Records’ a cappella group Straight No Chaser has launched an online Christmas advent calendar just in time for the holidays. Stop by every day leading up to Christmas Day to get a new surprise, including exclusive video, audio, wallpapers, buddy icons, drink recipes and lots of other cool Straight No Chaser gifts. Check out the advent calendar ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Straight No Chaser – Free Holiday MP3

Straight No Chaser – Free Holiday MP3

A cappella 10-piece Straight No Chaser have just released their Atlantic Records debut, Holiday Spirits, a captivating collection of 14 classic and original Christmas songs. The group is offering fans a free mp3 featuring two new tracks from the album. Originally formed a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group reassembled and reemerged ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mark Weinstein: Straight No Chaser

Read "Straight No Chaser" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

In 1966, Mark Weinstein was a member of Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta Orquesta...as a trombonist. In order to get a summer-long gig, Weinstein trained himself to become a flutist and it worked. Since then he has not looked back.

On Straight No Chaser, Weinstein conjures up a change of direction from his previous three ...