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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand was born in Williamsburg, New York, to Emanuel Streisand and Diana Ida. Her father was a high school teacher, whose parents were Austrian. He died when Barbra was just 15 months old. Streisand has a half-sister, Roslyn Kind, who was also a singer. Barbra had a very turbulent relationship with her step-father, Louis Kind. Whilst attending Erasmus Hall High School, Barbra Streisand sang in the school choir with Neil Diamond. In her teens, Streisand won a singing competition and started to sing in nightclubs. She was keen to get into acting and appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows, including Driftwood, with Joan Rivers. Barbra Streisand made her debut TV appearance on The Tonight Show, hosted by Jack Paar, singing 'A Sleepin' Bee' by Harold Arlen

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Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Michael McDonald with Chaka Khan The NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY June 28, 2019 Most musicians would dream about having the type of career that Michael McDonald has enjoyed. McDonald's career had been long and storied. In the early '70s he was a member of Steely Dan's ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

Los Angeles Based Independent Jazz Label, BFM Jazz, Wins Five Grammys

BFM JAZZ is a boutique record label based in Los Angeles that garnered six Grammy nominations and turned them into five wins this past Sunday. In the company’s brief, nine-year existence, they’ve put out 27 projects that have accumulated 17 nominations collectively. In 2018, BFM Jazz released just three projects. All three received nominations and all ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work

Read "The Complete Jan Akkerman: Focusing on a Life's Work" reviewed by John Kelman

He may be largely regarded as the most influential guitarist to emerge from the Netherlands, a country that, bordering on the North Sea, is roughly one-quarter the physical size of England and, with a current number of about seventeen million, has just one-third the population of the UK's largest country. Still, despite garnering major in-country recognition, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

It's A Bird, It's A Plane... It's Superheroes! Randy Waldman's Jazz Superheroes-Packed CD On BFM Jazz, September 21, 2018

Randy Waldman's career spans more than 40 years, and he’s performed and toured with many of the biggest names in the jazz, pop and R&B worlds. His work can be heard on hundreds of movies, television shows, and albums. Randy has been Barbra Streisand's pianist and musical director for over 30 years and is featured on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Tull: texting and driving

Read "texting and driving" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Wallflower. The word has zero application to describe jazz drummer, vocalist and composer/arranger/producer, Dave Tull. He's more like a Venus Fly-Trap of talent, devouring all those activities and offering a keen eye for life's surrealities. He demos all on his second CD, texting and driving. It might just be what's needed for a long, endless drive ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Abby Lee: Born to Sing

Read "Abby Lee: Born to Sing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The early development of jazz singers tells us a lot about them. Often, they struggle until they are finally recognized. Jimmy Scott was unknown for many years. Billie Holiday took whatever jobs she could get until she made her first recordings. Ella Fitzgerald's childhood was uprooted and traumatic, and music helped her find her way to ...

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Take Five with Debora Galan

Read "Take Five with Debora Galan" reviewed by Debora Galan

About Debora GalanThrough performances of the popular Silk band and numerous guest appearances, the voice of R & B/smooth jazz vocalist Debora Galan is becoming widely known. More fans have come on board with the release of her album, All About Love, which shows the depth of her Latin roots. Says the San Diego Troubadour: ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dominick Farinacci: Sharing Stories

Read "Dominick Farinacci: Sharing Stories" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Dominick Farinacci, a trumpeter from Cleveland, is a strong improviser with a wide, round tone. It's suited for his predilection for the melodic side of the music. But his vision of music extends beyond the act of playing and the art of performing--something he has done around the globe for years, carving out a successful career ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Stacey & Alan: A Love Like Ours

Read "A Love Like Ours" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Alan Schulman holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Arranging & Composition from Howard University. The guitarist was born in Cincinnati and has appeared on numerous jazz recordings by among others Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Anita Baker and Michael Feinstein. Stacey Schulman (yes they are married) is a native New Yorker who has been singing professionally since ...


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